Photographer / Photo Editor
1) Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I primarily consider myself a photographer and photo-editor who enjoys creating surreal and vibrant portraiture, but I express myself artistically in several ways. I spend a lot of my free time playing music or exploring movement through circus arts. I like to bring a diverse array of skills into my photography. I particularly enjoy working with other artists to help create a visual representation of their artistry.
2) How did you first become interested in art?
I’ve been creating for as long as I can remember, but I was first introduced to photography through travel magazines that were lying around my house as a child. I was mesmerized by the colors and patterns I found in them! On family vacations, I would steal the camera and pretend I was on assignment taking pictures of wherever we were.
In college, many of my friends were musicians and performers that needed photos for promotions and shows. I somehow became the designated person with a camera to go to. After moving to Los Angeles I took a lot of work as a photo assistant and editing photos for brands. As I learned more about photography and editing I found myself experimenting with photoshop more and more. I spent most of 2020 working on photo manipulation art and recently created a series of self-portraits that allowed me to explore that side more. I look forward to working with it more in the future.
3) How does art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can engage with art in Burbank?
Art is such a unique way to see something you have never considered possible before. Art can introduce ideas that were previously considered impossible and create lines between two abstract ideas in an understandable way. A community filled with art is a community filled with ideas and possibilities!
I specifically find Burbank to be a treasure trove of art. There are so many studios and galleries here, but even just walking down the street introduces me to something new. There are so many murals and there is always a performance of some kind going on downtown, every time I go out I find something interesting on the side of a building or in someone’s yard.
4) If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
Try to experience art in as many ways as possible, as often as possible. Trying new things and opening yourself up to new experiences creates an entirely new dimension for expressing yourself, even if you never want to try it again. My most fulfilling work has come from letting myself be a beginner and exploring parts of myself I never even considered before. As artists, we forget that we’re allowed to be bad.
To find out more about Rebecca’s work, visit her website www.rebeccacrabb.com, or follow her on Instagram at @rebeccaisacrab