The Truth In This Art with photographer Faith Couch

The Truth In This Art with photographer Faith Couch

In this installment of "The Truth in This Art," Rob Lee sits down with photographer Faith Couch to explore the influence of her southern heritage on her narrative-driven work. Faith opens up about her commitment to capturing the nuances of black daily life, striving to represent these stories authentically. She talks about the significance of working with others based on mutual respect and the lessons learned during her final year at MICA, as well as her move to Yale. Throughout the conversation, Faith offers her perspective on creativity, the value of honesty, and the role of community and introspection in her life. The episode also ventures into Faith's hobbies beyond the lens and wraps up with her thoughts on discovering a sense of belonging within and the beauty of embracing life's shifts.

Episode Highlights:

  • Southern Roots and Their Impact (00:00:48) Faith discusses how her southern heritage influences her creative process and artistic expression.
  • A Lifelong Affinity for Photography (00:05:00) Faith reminisces about her early experiences with photography and the influences that shaped her passion.
  • Filling the Void in Black Narratives (00:11:00) Faith talks about her aim to provide a more complete portrayal of black life through her photography.
  • Celebrating the Quotidian in Black Life (00:16:00) The importance of documenting everyday moments in the lives of black individuals is discussed in this part.
  • The Ethics of Collaboration and Consent (00:18:00) Faith dives into the importance of ethical practices and consent in her photographic work.
  • Navigating Editorial vs. Fine Art Photography (00:21:00) Faith reflects on the differences between editorial and fine art photography and her approach to each.
  • The Quest for Authenticity (00:24:30) In this part, the conversation focuses on Faith's commitment to capturing genuine moments and true emotions.
  • Crafting a Sense of Belonging (00:51:00) Faith discusses the concept of creating a sense of home and staying grounded regardless of location.

Key Takeaways:

1. Embrace your roots – they can deeply influence your creativity and authenticity in your work.
2. Early passions can inform and shape your career path – nurture them.
3. Strive to fill gaps in representation – your work can contribute to a more inclusive narrative.
4. Celebrate the ordinary – everyday moments can hold extraordinary significance.

Website and Social Media Links:
X: @FaithCouch5
Instagram: blackpowerprincess
LinkedIn: Faith Couch

Photo credit to: richeird

Thank you for tuning into this insightful episode of "The Truth in This Art" with the talented Faith Couch. If Faith's journey and perspective resonated with you, we encourage you to explore her work further by visiting her website and following her on social media. Your support means the world to artists like Faith, and it helps to amplify the narratives that need to be heard. While you're at it, please take a moment to rate and review this episode—it helps us reach more listeners like you. And if you want to contribute to the growth of our platform and get access to exclusive content, consider supporting us on Patreon. Your generosity fuels our mission to bring these important conversations to light. Thank you for being a part of our community and for your continued support!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

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Original music by Daniel Alexis Music with additional music from Chipzard.

Episode illustration by Alley Kid Art.

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Faith Couch
Faith Couch
Faith Couch (b. 1997) is a Durham NC native. She is a photographer, educator, and curator whose work illuminates the Black memory landscape and the mundane. She received her BFA in Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2019 and has exhibited her work internationally. She has most notably exhibited at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, the ICP, the Nasher Museum at Duke, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Aperture Foundation in NYC and more. In addition to Fine Art Photography she also works editorially, showcasing photographs in the WSJ, NYT, Vogue and more. Most recently, Couch is a Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 in Art and Style honoree. She will be attending Yale in the fall of 2024