By Human Influence
Influencer of the Week by Human Influence is our WEDNESDAY celebration of artists around the world but most importantly in the artists inspiring their community. Having the opportunity to share other people’s journeys is our privilege. Megan Baker is a photographer in the city of Austin, with an undying hunger for more as she is a self-driven creative.
Why is having an influence on your environment/community or the ability to inspire others, important to you? It allows me to start important conversations with the people around me and in my community and helps me to see different perspectives as well. It also allows me to push other people up and help others see their potential as well.
What keeps you creative and inspired? The people around me, I keep getting more and more inspired by my closest friends, the conversations had about life, the world, or anything; and just my everyday environment. Being an architecture student has also really helped to inspire me and I often find my photography quietly influenced by architecture and environments themselves.
In your journey as an artist, have you impressed yourself yet? What was your last biggest accomplishment? I don't know if I would say impressed, more so driven, when I reach a certain milestone I often see it as inspiration to push even further. My last biggest accomplishment I would say is finding out I would be included in a printed quarterly of curated work of artist across the world in April.
How would you describe your art? How do others describe your art? I would describe my art as experimental and structured, with all my subjects having a strong presence - I am constantly trying to take myself out of my comfort zone and try something that might not be specific to my usual "aesthetic". Others have said my art has undertones of nostalgia, especially with my film.
If Instagram ended today, how will this affect your art, business, or self-image? I think about this a lot actually. While Instagram is an amazing asset to have, I find myself trying to take different routes to grow as an artist (reaching out to galleries etc.), and I think if Instagram died I think it could actually be a great push to really go out into the traditional art world and try to grow that way instead. I think it might also make me feel freer to create in the most creative sense because I often feel there is an unspoken pressure for artists on social media to mold their work to certain trends instead of really creating for the love of the art.
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