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Art & Life with Claire Morgan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Claire Morgan.

Claire, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and raised in South Africa. I moved to Europe when I was 19, living first in London, then moving to Paris two years later. My journals were filled with photos capturing the adventure, and it was here that I began to pursue a more serious interest in photography.

I enrolled myself in a photography school where I learned how to develop my own film and photographs in a darkroom and loved spending hours developing film. I immersed myself in Paris and its architecture and museums. I spent many hours in the Louvre exploring the sculptures and reading photography books at the George Pompidou Centre. My father gave me an old Bronica ETRS film camera with two lenses, and I photographed day and night with it, developing the film and prints.

In 2003 I moved to Vienna where I lived for 12 years. It is here that I became incredibly inspired for a period of time and created some of my most important bodies of work, mostly self-portraits. I got my first digital camera in 2005 and taught myself photoshop and spent countless hours experimenting. I was named Photographer of the Year by a UK magazine and was published numerous times in different magazines.

I signed up with several agencies and began submitting my work. Within the first month, I sold my first CD cover which was followed by numerous book covers. To date, I have sold over 73 book covers.

In 2007 I was assisting a wedding photographer and soon became a lead photographer. It was then that I decided to start my own business which I launched in 2010. I quickly became a sought after destination wedding photographer and photographed weddings all over the world such as Seychelles, Bali, Sri Lanka, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Sardinia, Chile, Prague & India. Some of my clients included royalty, a Prince, a former Miss Lithuania, and other prominent names. I was also published in many leading wedding magazines and online blogs.

As often happens, I needed a change and a place to grow and take some time out after a busy career as a wedding photographer, so I made the decision to give up everything and move my entire life and belongings to Mallorca, Spain in 2016. A year later I bought a house in a small village surrounded by nature and silence. I needed to break away from the wedding industry, and so began the idea of working with professional women offering personal branding photography. One of my first assignments took me to the Bahamas that year.

I then met my now husband while at an event in LA and starting to split my time between Europe and LA. I took on little work and spent time thinking about what I really wanted to do. As an artist at heart, I knew I wanted to open a fine art print shop and start doing exhibitions again.

By the end of 2018, I had sold everything I owned and packed up once again to come to California.
Being by the ocean again, exploring my creativity, I started ‘Coveted by Claire’, an online print shop offering gorgeous fine art prints and limited editions from my earlier work I created while in Vienna.

I also continue with my personal brand photography business and create inspiring content for my stock photography shop called ‘Inspired.’

My life goal is to inspire, and I use photography as a means to do this.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I use photography as a means to inspire and uplift others. I want my work to evoke an emotion, and promote a creative and inspiring atmosphere.

I like to use a sense of motion in my work. To create a fleeting moment. To make you stop, look, think, feel. It is up to the viewer how they interpret the image.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
Exposure is probably the most important thing for artists these days. Their work needs to be seen and understood. Supporting art fairs, going to open houses and buying art on exhibition at your local coffee house or shop is always a good place to start.

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Image Credit:
Julie Magnussen, Claire Morgan

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