Alexis Mray Bearinger
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Alexis Mray Bearinger

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Photography – Detroit, MI

My name is Alexis Mray Bearinger, and I live in a big-little town called Midland Michigan where I grew up with a camera in my hand. My mother had a habit of taking a lot, and I mean a lot, of photographs of my brother and I when we were kids. I recently went through and organized all of said photos and let me tell you, I've never seen so many photographs in my life. I'm talking bins upon bins of polaroids, film rolls, and disposable camera shots. So in a way I was sort of primed to be a photographer since day one. But while I'd like to give credit to my Mom in saying her habit is the biggest reason why photography is my career of choice, that statement would not exactly be true. There is a massive web of reasons why I see the world the way I do... but today I've done my best to narrow it down to my top 4. 1. My greatest fear is forgetting the life I've lived. When I am old and grey and I don't recognize my own reflection, I need a body of work to look upon to see my life through my own eyes even while my own memory fails me. 2. There are too many tiny moments throughout each day that go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of every-day things, and I strongly feel that it is my job as an artist to serve as a set of eyes for those who do not see them. 3. Those who know me well know that I am a very, very, emotional person. I feel no shame in saying I cry a lot. I feel overjoyed a lot. I even feel angry and definitely anxious a lot. If I don't really feel a connection to the subject or space I'm working with, you'll know it by taking one look at the final result. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words; often words I cannot find. So I put my heart and soul into images instead. Every photograph I create, I do so with great precision. I want my work to catch the viewers eye; to make them feel what I felt making it, whether it be a warm glow of nostalgia or a pang of discomfort in their gut. 4. I love my life. And I love seeing other people in love with theirs. There's something contagious about being near a happy person, and I think its so important to capture that happiness on camera for all the world to see. I firmly believe a picture can, in fact, change the world. ...more