Lacey Terrell, "offSET #18", from the series "offSET", 2008, c-print, 18x18"

Lacey Terrell, “offSET #18”, from the series “offSET”, 2008, c-print, 18×18″

Lacey Terrell

As a still photographer working on motion picture sets, I am required to capture the scripted, predictable moments in the story that are used for publicity. In order to do this, I have to be close to the action, yet invisible; I am constantly observing, waiting for the quintessential ‘moment’ which depicts the tale that is unfolding. My mission in that realm is very specific. In my series “offSET”, I have used my experience on films and locations as a starting point, but have turned my camera off set. Slipping behind the metaphoric curtain of center stage, I look back at the constructed reality being played out, and/or wander into uninhabited areas. I am intrigued by where the artifice of movie making and the ‘real’ intermingle. As I hunt for images that occupy this space, I become a fl√¢neur of sorts; a solitary figure roaming the outskirts of the location, studying the spectacle before me, looking for things unnoticed by others. In this realm, I have the freedom to capture unwritten, authentic moments found within the contrived environment of a film set. Re-contexualizing these images, I create my own mysterious slivers of narrative that highlight the overlooked, the unexpected, and the poetic.


Lacey Terrell (Los Angeles, CA) received a BA in Psychology and a BFA in Photography from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also holds an MFA in Photography from the California College of the Arts. After receiving her MFA, Lacey decided to get into the film business working as a still photographer to make a living. She has been in LA since 1999 and has been part of Gallery 825 since 2006. As a result of her first solo show of offSET there last Oct/Nov 2008, Lacey is newly represented by Kopeikin Gallery. As a still photographer, Terrell has worked for Fox Searchlight, HBO, Sony Pictures, Universal, Warner Independent Pictures, Lions Gate, and Big Beach Films among others.

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