Jacqueline Claire Marion Badeaux (1986-??), I am an American artist working with film. I started printing in the darkroom seventeen years ago and I have not been able to quit since. Photography has been my way to search, heal, and express things I can’t put words to. I am always trying new experimental techniques with cameras or development to conjure imaginary worlds. I don’t seek to copy the truth of what the camera sees, I want to create my own.
I am interested in things that are out of the ordinary. I love to read about ghosts and magic. I use photography as a way to capture and portray that feeling. When I photograph a person or a landscape, I try to make the images as ethereal as possible, using in camera double exposure and/or pinhole cameras. My technique also relies on the tactile aspects of working with film; using bleach, scratches, film soups, and developing at home. For me if something is unique, it is imperfect, and there is more to see.
I am always on the quest for the next where. But my favorite place to photograph is San Luis Valley, a region in south-central Colorado. I don’t feel more free anywhere else, and I’ve delegated it as my creative home. I have been collecting a series of SLV pictures which Duck Sale Press are going to publish as a zine very soon.
I think the moment I dropped out of college photography classes and built my own darkroom in my bathroom was the most important moment for me. It’s when I decided that I was pursuing this for myself and by myself. I didn’t want the rules and ideas of a teacher or my peers to dictate what I was doing. I wanted to think for myself and create my own visual world.
Photography is alchemy!