Sunday, October 6, 2013

Interview with Alicia Vega

We featured beautiful works of Austin, Texas-based film photographer Alicia Vega here and here. She also told us her five main reasons why she still shoots film in this digital age. But we still want to know more so today, we asked her some questions to know more about Alicia and her work.

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born and raised in the northeastern state of Pennsylvania, but have been residing in Austin, Texas now for over 8 years. I have a handsome and sweet 7yr. old son and am married to a talented musician. I adore growing vegetables, herbs and flowers, have 6 chickens living in my backyard (one of which lays blue eggs), and am just getting into beekeeping for honey. I'll be 29 in November, but I'm not yet quite sure what I'll do for my quarter life crisis. Maybe move somewhere exotic for a bit.

How did you first get into photography?
I took a darkroom photography class at the Baum School of Art when I was 19. People started telling me "I had talent" and that they loved my "work". I never thought I was a good visual artist before that, so it was a wonderful discovery. Later, after the birth of my son, I started documenting home births and taking maternity portraits. I got really obsessed with the feminine mystique and it eventually led to photographing models for product, agencies and publications.

Do you work as an amateur or professional photographer?
It depends on how one defines professional. Can I support a family off of a photographer's salary? No. I have however been published internationally, photographed celebrities, won awards, and am commissioned regularly to photograph product, document events, and take portraits/head shots/fashion shots.

Do you have some favorite cameras?
My 35mm Pentax has a special place in my heart, because it was the camera I learned to shoot on. The good people at Film Photography Project just gifted me a Canon Ae-1, so I might have a new favorite soon. I also just purchased my first waist level TLR, medium format film camera- a Yashica Mat 24. It's exciting to be learning something new!

Tell us about your influences and what inspires you.
I'm really inspired by people and nature. Squash blossoms covered in dew, in the early morning light. A person comfortable in their own skin, softly smiling and happy to be in my company. The love between a parent and his/her child. You know, that sort of crap.

Is there any advice you can give to new film shooters?
"Photograph what you love and follow your intuition. Don't be afraid of taboo or being unoriginal. And be intimate with your self portraits- not some censored version of yourself that you think follows societal norms.

Alicia, thank you for the interview.

To see more of Alicia's beautiful work, please visit her website, Tumblr and Facebook. If you love her pictures, you can buy some of her limited edition prints here.

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