Krissey Hall

Born in Regina in 1987, from childhood Krissey was always drawing, making things out of Lego, and taking pictures, starting with disposable cameras. Her uncle was a photographer and she was able to access her father’s complete collection of National Geographic magazines, which convinced her that photojournalists were the true modern-day explorers. For some time, she studied Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan and logged over 100 hours of darkroom experience. She later tried professional photography in the competitive milieu of Edmonton, but found working in food trucks at festivals was more sustainable. It also gave her a tantalizing view of street life, which of course she photographed avidly. Influenced by photographers Phil Stern and William Klein, she now takes pictures of cityscapes with buildings and unposed people going about their business. Her photos have a realistic, gritty feel and often suggest a possible narrative interpretation without necessarily carrying an explicit message. Now with a digital SLR and a telephoto, she sometimes uses older lenses or manipulates ISO digitally to change exposure or achieve a softer, “film-like” image. However, she doesn’t reframe them or change other parameters. At Artbeat, Krissey has also embarked on ceramic work, including a series titled “distorted thinking.”

“I get along easily with others,” says Krissey. “And art is the only thing I see myself doing 20 years from now. I’d rather be a ‘poor artist’ than have a better-paying nine-to-five job.”

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