Today we’re joined by Mika. Mika is a wonderfully talented photographer who specializes in animals and fireworks. Her work has an amazing amount of vibrancy and the images practically spring off the screen. It’s obvious that she has an amazing eye and a phenomenal passion. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I take pictures of a wide variety of things, but my favorite subjects are animals and fireworks.
What inspires you?
I like to show things from a different perspective, or get close to things you don’t see every day, like a lion.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
When I was very young, I liked to play with disposable cameras. But my interest in photography didn’t really take off until I got a simple digital camera for Christmas when I was nine.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
There’s nothing that I can think of. Since my subjects vary, there’s no one constant feature.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Keep practicing, and don’t compare your work with others. Your work is unique.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Asexual and aromantic
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Not in my field, but in my personal life I’ve heard all the usual lines. “You’ll change your mind.” “You’re just trying to be special.” I have to tell myself that I know myself better than they do, and try to ignore it.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That asexual people are cold and heartless. The most outgoing person I know is ace.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
You don’t have to figure it out yet. If it takes a while, that’s okay.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
So far, I’m only on Redbubble, but expect to see it updated fairly often. (http://www.redbubble.com/people/sixclawsdragon) I’d like to be able to turn my hobby into a way of making a little money, if I can.
Thank you, Mika, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.