Born in Monterey California, Molly McCall was surrounded by infamous photographers and the West Coast Landscape tradition. With a family influence in clothing, she began her creative career designing her own label and selling to numerous specialty boutiques including Henri Bendel in New York, Fred Segal in Los Angeles, and Nordstrom, where she was awarded their most favored designer in California.
Molly’s earliest influence on art making came from her great grandfather, an illustrator for the New York Times, and grandfather, a professional watercolorist in Southern California. She started painting and photography at an early age, and later attended Laguna Beach School of Art. After nearly two decades in the clothing business, Molly returned to painting and darkroom photography.
Molly McCall’s work is in various private collections, has been featured in Architectural Digest magazine, and has been in exhibitions across the country, including the Griffin Museum of Photography, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Center of Fine Art Photography, the Martin Museum of Art, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Houston Center for Photography, SohoPhoto, The Image Flow, Center for Photographic Art, and the Museum of the Big Bend. She resides in Carmel Valley California with her husband Gordon and their German Shorthaired Pointers.
These images in the CPA members gallery are from my series, “Nothing comes from Nothing”, and are a reimagining of past stories discovered in Super 8mm films and found photographs. My interest lies in the investigation of the relationships between the passage of time, memory, repetition and loss, including reappearance and forgetting. The imagery is a diverse collection of composites, recreating layers and fragments of the past similar to the way memory is created, stored and recalled. I am searching for the balance between truth and fiction and seeking to reconcile that uncertainty.
When choosing images for my work, I imagine that I am the camera, and my mind selects the images just as if I was taking the photos with a camera- the exposure, the subject, the composition, are all considered and adjusted. I utilize references to identity, a sense of place, and history to explore themes of humanity, loss, and loneliness. Water and nature appear in much of my work as reference to the cycle of life and the infinite power of renewal.