Strange Fire Collective Features Rachel Eliza Griffiths / by Rachel Griffiths

Zora J Murff: How did you come to be a photographer and a poet? 

Rachel Eliza Griffiths: I've been a poet since I was a small child. After graduate school, I moved to New York and had no space, physically or emotionally, for my painting life. I was crawling away from an intense mental breakdown into more chaos. I was often in a continuous struggle with the pace and rhythms of the city. The camera became my witness and my mirror. The more I photographed the city and looked at the world, the more I could come back to myself. Writing was always a part of my identity. I love Robert Frank's words: "When people look at my pictures, I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice."