Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Artist Of The Week

                 Kayla Small

Age: 16
Years of Photography: 3
Home town: Matthews North Carolina


When did you first start?

Kayla: Hah, I started when my grandpa gave me his old Sony camera. I would always take pictures with anything I could. I think he saw my passion and wanted to support me. I never let go of that camera, and my interest for capturing images grew stronger. So I guess you could say I started when my grandpa saw the talent I didn't know I had.
Deep right. Hah let me know if theyre too long. I babble.

Me: no thats actually alot better of an answer than I was expecting

Kayla: Haha okay well good
I kind of love answering questions

Me: Who doesn't.
What inspires your work?

Kayla: When it comes down to it, God inspires it. I know my ideas don't come from myself. I just don't have that ability;  I know they come from Him. The things I see throughout the day somehow find their way into forming themselves into a photograph, and I know this odd characteristic comes from God.

Me: What would you say is the difference between an artist and a hobbyist?

Kayla:Hmm. I think when you're an hobbyist, it's something you like do to. Although when you're an artist, it's something you need to do. It's a part of you, not something you do to pass time.

Me: What typically catches your eye when looking for a photo?

Kayla: I try and look for the odd things. Something someone wouldn't normally stop and take a picture of. I think sometimes people wonder what in the world I'm taking a picture of, and the thought of that makes me smile. I don't want to take un-original pictures. I look for the weird, everyday simple things.

Me: What would be some of your advise for younger photographers?

Kayla: Stop thinking about what others may think of your work, but use your photo's to express what you want to show.

Me: Have you ever used a darkroom / film?

Kayla: I took a Photography class and we used dark room exposures with our own unique set up. It was extremely awesome. I really want to have my own dark room in my house one day.

Me: What has Photography shown you about life?

Kayla: Everything is worth capturing.

Artist Statement : "My passion for Photography doesn't come from myself. This desire comes from Christ Jesus. He's gracefully given my the eyes to see and the ability to create. My main hope is to make the viewer ponder and try to understand what exactly the particular picture is trying to say. Sometimes they're screaming, but sometimes they choose to be silent."

"One thing I've learned with photography is that it doesn't have to be edited or transformed to be beautiful. When you capture the image, capture the truth."


the chair is lonely. That was my first thought as I was passing it. And then I saw how the light managed to find it's way toward the chair, almost as if it wanted to give it company. I compared this with the loneliness in so many people today. They tell themselves that they're lonely and worthless; when they're really eye catching and original. The light reminds me of how God sees our worth and shines on us no matter how alone we may feel.

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