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. Rae is a photographer based in Los Angeles who uses her work to tell the stories of the unique individuals around her. Her prowess behind the camera lens consistently blurs the lines between her reality and imagination.
Why is having an influence on your environment/community or the ability to inspire others, important to you? It's important for me to utilize my ability to represent marginalized people and all body types. Growing up, I didn't see a lot of people that look like me and it's pretty apparent what people deem "desirable." I want to be a part of shifting the way people look at themselves and the way we look at each other.
What keeps you creative and inspired? Everything. I get really inspired about small day to day things that I think are taken for granted. My mom has always been an excitable person; she is always yelling and waving her finger in my face to look at the sunset or an old tree, I got that quality from her. I love the way the sun lights up a person's face or how being surrounded by certain plants can change the tone of your skin. I aim to capture people in a genuine moment and utilize what is around me to create.
In your journey as an artist, have you impressed yourself yet? What was your last biggest accomplishment? Lately, I've been noticing my growth and intention as an artist. I don't know if impressed is the right word, but I am proud of myself as a creator and my ability to remain focused regardless of what is going on around me. My last biggest accomplishment would have to be one of my more recent shoots for the cover of Hooligan Mag out of Chicago, run by two amazing creative women I look up to. I had to pleasure of shooting Fatimah Asghar; a poet, writer and one of the creators behind the web series "Brown Girls."
How would you describe your art? How do others describe your art? I've heard my work most described as dreamy and gritty. Others have said they can tell a lot about a person by the way I photograph them. I would say my art is genuine, that I try to capture the way the room or person feels in that moment. My work is very nostalgic. I have virtually no short or long term memory, so my photos are a visual diary.
If Instagram ended today, how will this affect your art, business, or self-image? Instagram is my favorite platform to post my work and being in a new city, it's also where I've met most of the people I collaborate with. Although it has helped to connect with others, I think it'd take pressure off the way I present myself online and allow me to create more freely. Either way, I think being creative means being easily adaptable and I'd figure out new ways to show my work to the world.
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