As a cinematographer and photographer, I am drawn to visual storytelling. I strive to create work that is relatable; that brings people back to a memory or a feeling. My portraits allow people (including myself) to be vulnerable and connect with others. I also find comfort in photographing the minutia of daily life—When I am struggling with my own fears, anxieties, and self-confidence, it forces me to stay grounded and just exist in that split-second moment.
Having learned mainly on digital, I experienced magic when I shot my first roll of 35mm film. I have been chasing that feeling ever since—later moving on to medium format and experimenting with different cameras and types of film. The scenes I capture are often uncluttered with one clear focus, yet I always embrace natural light, softness, and imperfections.
Carissa Dorson is a fine art photographer and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Her photography has appeared on the front cover of “Like Brothers” by Mark and Jay Duplass, as well as in the book, “Home” by Don’t Smile. She has exhibited work at Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles Center of Photography, and The Darkroom Gallery. Her idea for “Conversations with Dad” was recognized in the Los Angeles Center of Photography photo book competition, and subsequently reviewed by The Photobook Journal. Her photo series, “Funny People Serious Photos,” was featured in LA weekly.
Carissa is an established cinematographer whose work has garnered millions of views online. Her latest comedy feature film, “It’s a Party” is streaming on Showtime. Recently (before the COVID-19 shutdown), she was traveling on behalf of Panasonic to speak at tradeshows about her work.
Day Off featured by L.A. Photo Curator in Nothing Special Exhibition