Today we’re joined by Amber. Amber is an incredibly talented photographer, who is also starting to dabble in drawing and painting. She wrote me an incredibly thoughtful email and as I started looking at the links she sent me, I was amazed at her ability to capture the beauty of the natural world. Her work is simply gorgeous and definitely worth checking out. Amber has a lot of passion for photography, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Most of my artwork is photography, but I’ve recently started doing more drawing and painting. A lot of my work is about nature or architecture. They’re not exactly two subjects that overlap smoothly, but I get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction from exploring both of them.
What inspires you?
For photography I generally get inspired by looking at other photographers photos, and my own. I always know that there’s more out there for me to capture with my camera, and I don’t have to travel across the world to find new subjects and places to photograph. I also like listening to music while working, which can help me when I get stuck on projects.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always been doing art, ever since I was a tiny kid. While I was High School I did get very interested in Biology and I almost went down the path of Biochemistry, but after many long talks with my mum I went to Art School. Looking back, it was definitely the best decision for me (and I would have been hopeless at Biochemistry because I am terrible at studying!)
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
I don’t really have a signature, but generally my architecture photographs they are black and white, and my nature photos are in colour.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
I’m sure most everything has been said at least once already, so for me what helped the most with making the transition from amateur-ish High School to more serious Art School was viewing my artwork and art practice less as my talented hobby and more like my professional job. It might seem like an obvious thing to say but when I started to take my entire art practice more seriously I became much more focused on improving my skills and finding out more about the art world.
Also, I find it difficult to just spontaneously make art, so setting yourself small challenges or mini-projects can help with getting inspired. Sketching from real life is the most useful in just getting images onto paper.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Asexual (sex-averse), and aromantic.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I wouldn’t say I have encountered asexual prejudice, but within Art School there are lots of people who explore sex, sexuality, romance, love, etc. Many people use their own personal experiences as fuel for their ideas and projects. I don’t have anything against people who explore themselves or these ideas through art, but it can feel very isolating when lots of artworks have these themes that I don’t relate to at all, while everyone else is able to connect to them on some personal level.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
I haven’t had to deal with anything face to face, but I have heard the general phrases like, “Who doesn’t have sex?” or “We love because we are human” or “You just need to find someone to spend your life with”. I personally hear more heteronormative things about romance and love than about sexuality.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You are as valid as any other person out there. When you first realise that you’re not quite the same as the majority of people around it can definitely be scary, but we are not made up of just our sexuality. There are hundreds of unique things about you, and your sexuality is an important part of who you are, but its not the only thing that you are. If you are struggling with your asexuality, I hope that you can eventually feel a deep sense of contentment and pride with who you are.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Amber, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.