The Southern Glossary Instagram account is curated by a new artist or photographer each week. Every curator will put their own spin on the account, showing off work, their process, and their surroundings. I curated the account for one week in December 2014.
Here is my Q&A –
How did your interest in your medium begin?
I wasn’t originally interested in photography at all. I never took a class in high school and was really into graphic design in college until about my junior year. I had a couple friends around that time who owned nice cameras and that inspired me to get a point and shoot camera of my own. I took a few photos that I thought were good and that led me to get a DSLR that Christmas, and I’ve been hooked ever since!
How do you feel about the relationship of an artist to their city or surroundings?
I have to be inspired by the city I live in and the people and things I surround myself with. I think as an artist it is really important to understand what inspires and motivates you to create new work and to make sure you surround yourself in those things. One thing I love about living in the south is that there is so much history right on the surface every place you go. If you spend some time in the south, you get the feeling there are stories hiding within the live oaks and Spanish moss or just over the horizon and through the humidity and haze. I find this mix of apparent and hidden histories to be fascinating and a great inspiration for the creation of new work.
Do you have a creative or artistic peer group in your area that you’re a part of? What opportunities are there for artists like yourself?
I recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with my MFA in Photography and moved away from the Savannah, GA, area. While at school I had a huge peer group around of talented and motivated individuals that were a constant source of motivation and inspiration. But, since graduating I have relocated to Wilmington, NC, and I have lost this huge peer group I had for two years. I feel out of the loop at the moment, but I plan to immerse myself in the local art scene and really connect with the creatives in my area (and beyond) who are looking to push themselves and their businesses.
Where do you go to draw inspiration?
Music, nature and just being outside, painting, photography, literature. I draw inspiration from so many places. I believe it is important to have a lot of interests and passions. It’s important to keep an open mind because you never know whats going to click inside your head one day and inspire your next body of work.
Do you feel creatively satisfied?
Ha-ha, this is a hard question. Do I ever feel creatively satisfied? I would say yes. But, only for a short period of time. I’m pretty hard on myself, and I tend to be much more critical of my own work than others’. But overall I feel this bad habit drives me to produce more work and really be selective about the images I choose to keep. I think it’s good to be critical of your work, but you also have to believe in it. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, believe in it.
Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project or exhibition.
Currently my series, How Far We Went, is showing at the Oglethorpe Gallery in Savannah, GA. The show will close on December 19th, so hurry if you wish to see it! I am currently looking for other exhibition opportunities and hope to continue to show How Far We Went around the country in 2015. I have plans to begin a new project dealing with humankind’s broken connection with the natural world. I look forward to 2015, it’s going to be an exciting year!