Thursday, February 03, 2011

Seven questions... with Emma Boyd aka @emmsy

Three people have seriously influenced my photography... Marc de Ridder, Laura Bridge and Emma Boyd. I have had the privilege of spending time with all three.

Emma is a storyteller whose heart shines through in each and every picture she takes... and I am proud to call her a friend!

I caught up with her (unfortunately via email rather than over a coffee in Glasgow) and asked her my seven questions...


1) Who are you and what do you do?

I am a messed up person in the process of redemption. But you can call me Emma. I'm a visual storyteller with a passion for social justice. Mostly I play this out by taking photographs, writing on a blog, and designing bits and bobs.

2) What are you working on at the moment?

I'm inspired by (moving) film a lot, and currently I'm working on learning Final Cut and how to edit video well. In terms of photography, I'm trying to get a handle on off-camera lighting.

3) Who inspires you?

- Name an artist who has inspired you.

Makoto Fujimura [ ] I'm inspired by how he mixes the ancient techniques with the abstract, and by the space it leaves for me to find myself in it.

- Name place that has inspired you.

Chicago. Hands down. The whole city is full of incredible architecture, great museums, people that challenge me, and music that provides the soundtrack for my life.

- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.

Story Conference. The few days I spent at their first conference blew me away with the creativity of a God who made us in his image.

4) What drives you to do what you do?

The belief that art can change things - first and foremost me.

5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?

Risk, love, hope.

6) What role does community play in what you do?

Community is my grounding. Art doesn't exist in a vacuum; it grows out of a specific context - one that is shaped by the people around me. Community also plays the vital role of encouraging me to pick up the pieces and keep creating when I hit creative lulls!

7) What is next for what you do?

Pushing myself to see a bigger picture in my work. I'm drawn to the details that we normally miss in our daily rush. But I want to be adapt at seeing the bigger picture too - the vast landscapes, the wide crowds, etc.

In closing, here are two videos I've created recently...

Cheers, mate!


Thanks for sharing Emma!

1 comment:

Angus Mathie said...

I really like the videos shown here and feel a real affinity with the work Emma is doing. This is another major find for me. I wish her well in her work.


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