Kylie Tarburton

About Me:

My name is Kylie Tarburton and I’m a graduating senior at Arcadia University majoring in Media and Communications with an individualized concentration in screen media and multimedia publishing. For as long as I can remember, my passion has always been in the field of photography. I even said, when I was 4 years old, that I wanted to be a photographer when I grew up. Since I was 10, I carried a camera around my neck everywhere I went; it is perhaps the most important thing that I own. This love of mine translated directly into my thesis project. What truly brings me joy is being able to share my work with others in whatever form that looks like; there is something about a photograph that projects so much emotion and I believe it will always be a timeless art form. In addition to taking pictures, I love to travel, collecting decks of cards along the way, spend time with friends and family, and play soccer when I find any opportunity. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in photography or videography in a school setting.

Thesis Abstract:

What is home? What defines home? These are the questions that I started strongly thinking about during the pandemic when I spent a lot of time with my family in my childhood home. Being born in Vermont but having only lived in New York and Pennsylvania, the word home resonates with me; I am not someone who has spent all my time in a single “home.” I would 100% consider myself a homebody (with a love for travel) and in my book, home is a place where you are with the people you care about. But then I am faced with another question, what isn’t a home? Nostalgia is a word that shines through in this, “used to be home, used to be there” kind of way. But is it possible to portray nostalgia in a photograph? I am fascinated by these opposing themes, the presence of people in a home and the absence, yet presence, of people, in places that are not usually considered “home.” 

The inspiration for this book truly came from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. I put a ton of thought into the project from the concept to the layout. And now that it is finished and I have officially completed my first full body of work, I just keep wondering about more forgotten spaces and all I want to do is photograph them.

Please enjoy virtually flipping through my new favorite book ever.

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