CANVAS: ROCKIE NOLAN
She’s a self-proclaimed wanderluster, daydreamer and overachiever. She hunts for bargains at garage sales and thrift stores, but she looks like a model straight off a runway in Paris. She’s only in her second year of school at the Savannah College of Art & Design, but her photos seem to be the lovechild of an edgy Urban Outfitters catalog and a whimsical, delirious Sunday morning chimera incarnate.
Meet redhead, freckle-faced, sleepy-eyed Rockie Nolan, 19-year-old photography prodigy. Reigning from the town of Lubbock, Texas, she’s a Southern girl at heart but fantasizes about shooting fashion editorials for Vogue.
There are millions of other photog hopefuls out there hoping to make it big one day. What makes Rockie…Rockie? For Rockie, photography is not about recording reality—it’s about escaping it. She describes her work as “dreamy, surreal, or nostalgic” and will photograph anywhere from an empty forest to an abandoned beach to a lush golden field.
Bordering on the status of a “confessional” photographer, Rockie aims to throw a little bit of herself into every piece of her work. Although she often takes photographs of herself, she still claims that even when she’s shooting a model, “I still feel as though it’s a self-portrait.”
If her photos are at all representative of Rockie’s life and past experiences, be jealous. Exquisite, highly sophisticated lighting sets the tone for a cherubic, vintage and balmy, beautiful atmosphere that we could only ever conjure up in our deepest, most blissful sleep. Rockie Nolan does not capture what is real. She captures what we wish were real.
And she is only 19.
Watch out. If Rockie’s future is anywhere near as enchanting and divine as is her artwork, she’s going to take the photography world by storm.