Interview with Photographer / Protege Images | Edition VIII

How do you describe your photography to people?

As a photographer, I allow my viewers to formulate their own thoughts and opinions before I explain the image. My reason for this is to see if they can feel what I was trying to say with the photograph.

My mantra for photography:

Images do not deserve descriptions, only interpretations.

Did your early photographic goals include earning a living from photography, or did it start as a way to express yourself creatively?

I started relatively young. The thought of making money from my photography never crossed my mind. Photography was and still is my voice. I intend on keeping it and making in stronger in due time. I, of course, enjoy the creative portion as well. Having clients purchase my work for their homes and work place is an even greater accomplishment.

Do you remember your first photography sale?

I actually do. It was an image of clouds after a storm in 2005. It was a 5×7 image that my boyfriend had clipped on one his boards at his job. One of his co-workers noticed it and asked how much it was. That was a proud moment for me.

Who are some people you would like to work with?

I would like to work with record labels and commercial industries for advertisement purposes. My main focus is to be published and to one day be hired by the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution or the Wall Street Journal. I have a background in journalism and it would be an honor to put those skills to use. I also hope to shoot a pictorial documentary in the near future. I would also like to work with people who have an invested interest in my fine art as a way of teaching and persuasion.

Do you feel like what you are doing is important?

I feel like everything I do in life is important. The photography portion has a greater voice than my other talents. I feel as if my body of work speaks more effectively than my words to describe why I took a certain approach to some of my images.

Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?

The question is without art, would there be understanding of what the world offers?

Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?

My long-term goals are to obtain a Ph.D. program in Public Communication, while pursuing my career as a documentary photographer. I am relatively close to acquiring these two goals.

I also look forward to being published in a nationally recognized publication and shooting relatively often for editorials.