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Art & Life with Athena Burton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Athena Burton.

Athena, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Some kids are born into a family of doctors, but I was born into a family of creatives. At least my immediate family was, but my grandparents are all doctors. So I decided to go the less traditional route. When I was in highschool I did yearbook, photo club, all that jazz. But then I really got into music and decided to mix the two and get into concert photography. I got heavily involved in the Arizona music scene when I was about eighteen and then the San Diego music scene around the age of 20. Ever since starting I’ve gone on three tours and have shot a countless number of shows and festivals.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I mostly do concert photography and have been taking it seriously since I was about 15. I want to capture sound waves in their purest form which is through the human eye. Think about it, we have our five senses! But the two we use at shows are our ears and eyes. So for people who can’t be at shows, I like to show the sounds through a visual aspect. That in itself is my biggest inspiration. Also, just watching my friends create and do what they love.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Being an artist has its ups and downs for sure. Especially this day in age, I feel being a freelance photographer is hard because you work with your friends and also clients. Differentiating the two is the biggest challenge for me. Also, knowing your worth, I believe both of those go hand in hand. Some days I don’t charge my friends for shoots because… they’re my friends. But, I’ll do it when I’m living off of $10 and could really use the money. I recently hit a point where I realized that if people really supported me and my dreams they would pay for the product I create, just as they pay their hairstylist or nail tech. I would love to live a life where being a photographer is my full-time job. I know it’ll get to that point eventually. But, you really just have to keep working until you reach that point.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I usually post all my work on my Instagram which is @athena_burton. I don’t have a website because I’m too broke. I sometimes show my work at art shows or other band’s Instagram as well.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 4803536044
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @athena_burton
  • Twitter: @athena_burton

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