Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Inspire(d): Lauren Farmer.

When I first set out to do a photography blog, I wanted to document my own journey as well as the journey of those who inspire me everyday. There are so many photographers, artists, musicians, crafters etc. whose passion is so evident in their art that it tingles my spine. So, I decided to include a weekly post titled
"Inspire(d)" to share with all of you what keeps me going.

I'm not quite sure how I stumbled across Lauren Farmer's photography, but I am so glad that I did. This beautiful woman from New York City's photos ooze talentgood times and haunting memories. Lauren is currently challenging herself to a taking a self portrait a day for 365 days, which hits close to home as I am embarking on a Project 365 of my own. I decided to launch off this post series with Lauren's Project 365 because it's so fresh and fun. Lauren is particularly an inspiration to me because, like myself, she is self taught. She has a unique style that captures beauty in the unexpected and who can't appreciate and be inspired by that? You can find the rest of Lauren's 365 on her Flickr and be sure to check out stunning photos on her website.

Without further ado, I am so happy to introduce my first "Inspire(d)" blog post featuring the lovely
Lauren Farmer.

What inspired you to do the self portrait project 365?
At the beginning of the year, I was looking for a challenge, particularly when it came to my photography. I am an eager learner, I wanted to be better and to force myself to shoot every day. I had been following along with Lauren Randolph’s 2009 365 project and really admired what she had done with it, so I thought I would give it a try. I actually only decided to do it on December 31st, so I didn’t really have much time to fully understand what I was getting myself into!

What is your background in photography?
I am self-taught and picked up my first DSLR about 2 years ago. It was a Canon Rebel XSI. I had always had an interest in photography but only ever owned a little point-and-shoot. I’m a strong believer in that it’s more about the photographer and less about the equipment, but there is something to be said for being able to be creative in ways that a point-and-shoot doesn’t allow you to be. It just clicked for me, it all made sense. And I became obsessed. I never went anywhere without my camera. And the rest is history.

Your photos are all so different and creative, where do you get the ideas for the shots?
I have a running list of ideas and concepts I would like to try. And I often get really great suggestions from my blog readers and Flickr contacts. I’ll usually decide during the day what I might like to try that night, but then the shot that I end up getting is usually quite different from my original plan. I spend a lot of time online looking at photos and am often inspired by artists I admire.

What's in your camera bag?
Good question! Since I live in New York and spend a LOT of time walking, I really can’t be lugging around all of my gear. I have a lean Crumpler bag that holds my Canon 5D Mark II and my 24-70 lens. I also fit my wallet, phone and keys in there. As well as flash drives, extra memory cards, additional batteries, my remote, lens cloth cleaners and chapstick. And then I’m out the door.

Going through your Flickr stream you have several sets of abandoned buildings, travels, family, and various scenes around New York City. Do you have a favorite subject to photograph?
Abandoned and street photography are by far my favorite kind of shoots. I find something very beautiful in urban decay and feel fortunate to be able to photograph these places. They are remnants of a time that I wasn’t a part of, and documenting them now, in their broken state, makes me feel connected. The peeling paint, the pastel walls, the things left behind…I find it fascinating. I also love to shoot on the street in New York City. There is always a subject, always some strange thing happening around the corner, or an interesting person to capture. It never gets boring here.

Is photography your full time job?
Soon it will be! I recently gave my notice at my day job and have decided to pursue photography full time. I am embarking on a completely exciting and utterly terrifying adventure! But I cannot wait for what's in store, and feel very fortunate to be able to give this a shot (literally).

Be sure to check out more or Lauren's work on Flickr and Lauren Farmer Photo. Thank you Lauren for being part of this blog and sharing your awesomeness!


  1. Thank you so much, Abbie! :) This made my week!

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