Alicia Pitts is photographer from Birmingham, Alabama. With a keen eye for detail, she documents the world around her to inform others of moments they may (quite possibly) have missed in this fast-pace world we find ourselves today. Through her work, she aims to give a voice to those people and places that have been silenced. She moved back to the U.S in 2015. We decided to check in and see what she’s been up to since moving on from Korea.
Can you tell us about your work and what inspires you?
Alicia Pitts: What is currently inspiring me is a book I’m reading about the industrial photographer, Margaret Bourke-White. She captured the American industrial revolution as it was happening. Her love for the machine helped to establish photography as an art and a storyteller. I’m slowly building a darkroom so I can get back to film. I’m obsessed with unintentional patterns and isolating a subject with my camera to the point of obscurity. I can’t chop vegetables without stopping to grab my camera, which makes dinner a long process.
Did living in Korea have any profound impact on your work?
AP: Korea definitely made me braver. I don’t worry so much about putting myself out there where people might judge. It pushed the limits I had set for myself with my photography. Being a foreigner allowed me to rediscover the beauty in the every day.
What have you been up to since leaving Korea and what has the transition been like?
AP: Since leaving Korea I have moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas in the U.S. with my husband. We have a cat named Cat Stevens who abandoned his owner to adopt us. Adjusting to a small town has been interesting but thankfully Fayetteville is nothing like the rest of the state geographically or politically. I hope to start working on my Masters in Teaching next year.
Alicia Pitts is a photographer from the U.S currently based out of Arkansas. She is currently taking pictures of people, her dinner, and clouds.