Canbra Hodsdon

EPIC Personas
Location: Boston, Ma
Nationality: United States
Biography: Canbra Hodsdon (b. 1985) is an award-winning East Coast based photographer originally from Waterville, ME. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and received her Master of Fine Arts in... read on
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EPIC Personas
Credits: canbra hodsdon
Date of Work: 07/12/07 - Ongoing
Updated: 02/26/15

EPIC Personas

This body of work is comprised of a series of portraits of my immediate and extended family, including my parents, grandmother, and close friends. I use my memories of each person as a guide for my photographs. I begin by interviewing and collaborating with the subject to create the environment, wardrobe and stance that best portrays each person. While the individual staging is different for each subject, I use a set formula to produce each image.

My goal for this work is to depict these persons in a manner that creates a larger-than-life character by highlighting what I know and love about each person. I also aspire to portray the person in a slightly idiosyncratic or comical light, so as to acknowledge and challenge their own mortality. By using a specific compositional formula, I seek to present the individual as an emphasized version of themselves while striving to capture the viewer’s attention and curiosity, as well as challenge their sense of reality.


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Northern Customs

By Canbra Hodsdon / Maine, USA — The state of Maine yields some of the most drastic fluctuations in climate and its harsh winters force its..


By Canbra Hodsdon — Retouching samples include general skin/hair cleanup, image compositions, color matching, and cloning.

Western Respite

By Canbra Hodsdon / Saratoga, Wyoming, USA — I created this series of landscape work during my time at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Artist..

Christian Dogma

By Canbra Hodsdon — In 1535, an order of Ursuline nuns was founded by St. Angela Merici in Italy. Over the centuries, the..

high and low

By Canbra Hodsdon — High and Low On December 17th, 2011, an old friend reported his 20-month-old daughter missing. It was..
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