Image by Chris Macias

Image by Chris Macias

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Britt Bradley's photographs evince personal reflections on identity and reclamations of history. Bradley was born in Alameda, California and raised in the rural mountain town of Groveland. Bisexual and of Algonquin, Mexican and Irish American descent, Bradley often experienced, a struggle to identify and assimilate in her hometown. "As a white non-staus native, I have had to recognize that I am both the physical product of colonization as well as the living resistance to it. I am learning to rematriate both myself and my medium."

Bradley’s work makes use of the 19th-century process of wet plate collodion. "Much of collodion practician, both modern and historical, is a perpetual representation of the white male gaze. A perspective that has not truly shifted since the medium's conception over 150 years ago. I am interested in how a medium that has continually been used to exploit marginalized voices, could instead be adapted to empower. I’m looking to make the images that were missing from the version of history I was presented in school."

In ethereal portraits of every day California, Bradley alludes to darker and more serious themes that saturate the California landscape and its history.