Fran Humberd
Photography & Media

Fran Humberd (American, b. 2000) is a nonbinary photographer interesting in transition and how that can be traced through one’s living space. Their work has been ongoing as of January 2021, documenting themselves and the spaces around them as time passes. They keep their camera nearby and actively search their space for moments of chance and accidental still lives within their home. Their artwork typically takes the form of printed photographs, but they are also interested in media and video installation.

Humberd is currently attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and will be receiving a BFA in Photo Media Arts in Spring 2022. Their recent work, “Transitioning Out of my Grandmother’s Home” (2021-2022), will be shown in the 2022 BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition in Spring of 2022. Their practice continues to involve topics of self, thingness, queerness, and reflecting on space and how it affects the individual.

Two images from “Transitioning Out of my Grandmother’s Home” (left) and studio (right) 

Artist Statement:

Internal reflection, looking at history and the past, and dissecting my living space are all ways I explore the concept of identity as a photographer. My practice explores subjects such as my gender, sexuality, and my mental health, but it also inspects the two living spaces I’ve occupied over the past year. Through taking self-portraits and photographing my living spaces, I came to the realization that I had been documenting a transition in my life, and the spaces I lived in had much to do with the change I experienced.

Transitioning Out of My Grandmother’s Home (2021-2022) is a series of self-portraits and photographs of the two spaces I’ve occupied over the past year. There are two versions of myself throughout these photographs: one within an unsupportive household and one within a living space that allowed for transition and self-discovery. Moving out of my grandmother’s house represented a transition: a transition between spaces, a transition of mentality, and my transition as a nonbinary person. The work is separated into two segments. On the left, there are two framed photographs, comparing the portraits of my family to a self portrait of myself, facing away from the camera. On the right, there are portraits presented in a salon style. Images from my grandmother’s house are tightly represented at the bottom, and images from my current space flow upwards. 

These photographs represent how each space I lived in affected my identity and how I existed. There is a tension that existed within my grandmother’s home, and moving out of that space allowed for transformation of many kinds. This artwork demonstrates how domestic space can impact an individual and their identity. The home one grows up in influences how one acts, how one perceives themselves, and how their personality and identity forms. Moving away from the home can be a mode of transformation in itself, regardless of the relationship one has to where they grew up. Identity and space are interlinked, and that has become very clear to me throughout the making of this work.