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. Christian Smiley is a photographer based in Los Angeles who prides himself on his versatility and ability to tell a story through a intimate vantage point.
Why is having an influence on your environment/community or the ability to inspire others, important to you? It's probably the most important thing to me because it pushes other creatives, specifically younger creatives, to go out and start something of their own. It's a really good feeling to hear someone say they feel inspired by me or my work and that it keeps them going. That lets me know I'm doing what I'm supposed to.
In your journey as an artist, have you impressed yourself yet? What was your last biggest accomplishment?It's very rare that I do impress myself because I feel like my work could be a lot better every time, but I would say my biggest accomplishment so far has been doing a campaign for Adidas and being featured in their photo gallery event
What keeps you creative and inspired? Music, movies, myself and my own thoughts.
How would you describe your art? How do others describe your art? I'd describe my art as pretty versatile and memorable. Versatile being that I shoot portraits, landscapes sometimes and concerts. Memorable, because when I look back at my work it takes me and the viewer to that moment, feeling like we're actually there. A lot of people tell me when they see me photos they see originality, which I think is not common today. So I take that as a huge compliment.
If Instagram ended today, how will this affect your art, business, or self-image? It wouldn't really affect my art, I'd still feel the need to create but it would definitely affect my business in some ways. I've gotten a lot of work from people discovering me on Instagram.
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