Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Ryerson.
Amy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My journey as an artist began in a little yellow house in Northwest New Jersey, where I was constantly cooped up in my bedroom obsessing over music, dance, and visual arts. As early as five years old, I was collecting cassette tapes of American and world music, cataloging them, making my own beloved mix tapes, and choreographing full routines to the songs I liked best.
I trained as a competitive dancer for 12 years and landed my first professional dance job while still in high school. Shortly after high school, I moved to New York City and had an exciting dance career that took me all over the world, eventually leading me to Los Angeles. But before I left New York, I found a new passion and skill that I would bring with me to capture my experiences: photography.
For the last ten years, I have tried to maintain a healthy balance of artistic expression through photography and dance because that is when I am happiest.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I see choreography in photography and photography in movement. I love symmetry in photographs that remind me of the formations in a ballet, and I love dancing for other photographers to give them that great action shot. I currently dance around Los Angeles doing cabaret or burlesque performances because that gives me the most freedom and flexibility. Within my photography, I love making people feel great about themselves which is something different for everyone. I vibe off the energy of my subjects and let them direct me in how the shoot will go. I love spontaneity and I usually stay away from a controlled studio-like setting.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
This is a glass half full and half empty answer. In some ways, there is more work than ever – especially for performing artists – with streaming services, YouTube, bustling cities with nightlife, Hamilton making Broadway look cool for advertisers, etc. On the other hand, the cost of living is spiraling out of control and artists do not always see a lucrative career. Social media has made the art space feel congested and unoriginal, and schools are still fighting to keep art programs alive.
Cities can continue to fight the good art fight by offering more opportunities for artists to showcase their work in public settings, and by pushing to make funding for the arts in public schools a top priority.
- Website: www.amyryerson.com
- Phone: (201) 841 5578
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @catch.her.in.the.rye
Sierra Ehlert is the credit for the personal photo. All the other photos by Amy Ryerson. The two photos of the male dancers are from a show – Shaping Sound.