February 8, 2010


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.

Hannah McCartney


6 Responses to “CANVAS: ROCKIE NOLAN”
  1. tRiSh on February 8th, 2010 1:46 pm

    Rockie is one of the best photographer I’ve ever seen and the words in this article do her justice but we could say more: she takes pictures of what we want to take pictures of, she has no limits but Space, she has her own way to shows feelings that we can recognize we felt at some point. She’s a genius! Nothing less.

  2. Kristie McKonly on February 8th, 2010 7:31 pm

    This article completely touched my heart. Knowing Rockie through dA when she at one point had less activity and watchers than myself, watching her skyrocket and tower over the competition with her sweet, endearing, whimsical images .. has been rewarding for ME to witness. Always humble, always dedicated, this southern belle never seems to miss putting her heart and love and appreciation to all who follow her work. She’s destined for *great* things and it’s always so wonderful to see someone get the credit they deserve. This article left me with THE biggest smile on my face. I’m so outrageously proud of Rockie and I genuinely believe that if anyone’s going to make it — it’s her. She’ll never compromise her vision and soul just to fit in in the high-fashion world. I truly believe she’ll leave us all breathless when we see her spread across the pages of Vogue. She’ll be the refreshing voice at the end of the day that says “Art is not lost.” Amazing job, Rockie Rockette.

  3. Carolyn Sandoval on February 9th, 2010 5:02 am

    Rockie is the best at her photo taking she just randomly shoots a photo and it always is very nice and she herself is the sweetest nicest person loved when she did a photo shoot for my family . thank you Rockie You are the bomb and congratulations are your success

  4. Cameraluv on February 9th, 2010 7:31 am

    Congrats Rockie on another great feature. You deserve it!

  5. Stephanie on February 9th, 2010 8:22 am

    Congrats Rockie. I love your work and can not wait to meet you in the Spring.

  6. Cassandra Mayson on February 11th, 2010 2:33 pm

    I really admire this beautiful girl, she really has an expertise in thrift hunting, and well her photographs are absolutely breathtaking. Her photographs inspire me to write my poetry, and inspirations. I hope for the ultimate success for this 19 year-old wonder. I wish she could come to Paris!