Today we’d like to introduce you to Lynsey Weatherspoon.
Lynsey, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My mom was my first photography teacher, which is a journey that began when I was a child. Most of my first pictures were of my friends at high school basketball games and band trips. When I graduated, I put the camera down for a while to focus on my college classes. I then asked for a camera for Christmas and fell back in love with the craft. I fell in love so much that I decided to take a photography class instead of coming home one summer. I started my official photography career in 2007 and haven’t looked back.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
By nature, I am a portraitist. I love the human face and its complexities. The lines in a person’s face tells stories, our hope and happiness, or of struggle and unfortunate circumstances. I always welcome all stories as they help enrich my daily walk in my creative life. It humbles me and makes me more observant of my own actions. I create images to maintain a sense of serenity in the world from the subject’s point of view. The inspiration comes from being a listener before taking the first shot.
I hope that when anyone sees my art that they remember the following: “Images do not deserve descriptions, only interpretations.” I have this tattooed on my arm, and I believe in people being able to develop their own interpretation of the image and have a personal connection to it.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
The role of the artists has definitely changed, especially when it comes to advertising our work. We often wear many hats, and our creative work becomes a small percentage of what we do. In that same instance, you learn new skills to keep you up to date on the latest trends that can help generate traction to a different crowd.
Most current events affect my work greatly, as it makes me think critically about how my art will be received by its viewer. I’m hypersensitive to how people of color are painted in certain aspects, so, I make it point to create personal projects that encapsulate the dynamic range of being a person of color in the world, specifically in the American South. There are so many layers to my work that I often become emotional when I see perspectives of us that are not in line with how we actually live. People of color are not a monolith, and that’s what I want represented in my work.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find my work online on my website and Instagram. Prints are available as well.
- Address: 151 Ted Turner Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
- Website: www.lynseyweatherspoon.com
- Phone: 205-202-1268
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/lnweatherspoon
- Facebook: facebook.com/lnweatherspoon
- Twitter: twitter.com/lnweatherspoon
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/user/lynseyweatherspoon