I mainly work in photography because I like the technical aspect as well as the creative. I have this machine that becomes an extension of myself. I make calculations of light, color, time, composition, and framing. I then tell the camera what to do and it captures a moment in time in an instant, making it stand still forever. This process becomes almost magical for me when working with analog and alternative processes in the way images appear on paper seemingly out of nowhere. There's a feeling of joy in learning a new photographic process that has no comparison for me.
Charis Barnes was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Associate of Fine Arts at Southwest Tennessee Community College where she exhibited her first solo show in 2016. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Memphis with a concentration in Photography and a Minor in Business Management. Charis began working with cameras at a young age starting with disposable cameras and gradually working into digital. She combined this technical knowledge of image making with artistic purpose when she began college, starting to learn older analog processes as well as digital photography. In much of her work, she focuses on combining archaic and alternative photographic processes with contemporary art making.