Christian Wilbur

Christian Wilbur is a photographer based in New York, NY. Born in the Long Island suburb of Huntington in 1991, Christian initially used music, drawing, and painting as his primary methods of expression, but he later began photographing to better interact with his peers. Through his photography Christian explores notions of human connectivity and communication within the context of the domestic space and the suburban United States. In 2013, Christian received a B.F.A. in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.

Kelsey's Tree

Kelsey’s Tree

Sunday Afternoon Practice

Sunday Afternoon Practice

Kelsey
Kelsey is an ongoing series documenting the eponymous young woman as she transitions into adulthood while grappling with the affects of Asperger’s syndrome, a pervasive developmental disorder whose primary symptoms include limited social skills, communication difficulties, and fixed preoccupations or rituals. Over the years, Kelsey has developed methods of communication that enable her to express herself in non-verbal ways, such as through music, drawing, and fashion. Early on in her childhood, Kelsey signed up for her elementary school’s orchestra to play the viola; this interest eventually grew into a passion, and she soon thereafter signed up for private music lessons. Upon graduating high school in 2011, she enrolled at a local community college with the intention of studying Music Therapy; however, the stress and academic pressure of the program eventually prompted her to halt her studies. This turn of events proved to be extremely discouraging to Kelsey’s spirit, and over time she gradually stopped practicing her music.

Grand Canyon Souvenir

Grand Canyon Souvenir

Pending future decisions regarding continuing her education, Kelsey is currently seeking gainful employment following the completion of two separate clerical internships, with much of her free time spent in her bedroom drawing in her moleskin notebook, a passion nurtured over the years by her love of animated television shows and films such as Sailor Moon and Wreck-it Ralph. In light of the uncertainty she faces as she enters adulthood as a disabled person, Kelsey remains steadfastly optimistic about what the future potentially holds for her, an outlook reinforced by decorative and domestic idiosyncrasies found in and around her household; electrical wires looming above her home fortify her inextricable relationship to the outside world surrounding her, while several birdhouses placed up upon rotting segments of a large elm tree in her backyard suggest the potential for future growth and development despite her inherent handicap.

Dice

Dice

Kelsey and Scott I

Kelsey and Scott I

Glitch Girl

Glitch Girl

La Casa Café

La Casa Café

Mowery Household Exterior

Mowery Household Exterior

Kelsey and Scott II

Kelsey and Scott II

In the Basement

In the Basement

Four Birdhouses

Four Birdhouses

Kelsey's Dream

Kelsey’s Dream

Kelsey in the Sun

Kelsey in the Sun

Kelsey's Self-Portrait

Kelsey’s Self-Portrait

The Three Musicians

The Three Musicians

To see more of Christian’s work, check out his website.



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