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Art & Life with Kalie Johnston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kalie Johnston.

Kalie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Art has always been a priority in my life for as long as I can remember.
From drawing to makeup artistry to my true love of photography.

I’ve gone down a few career paths and styles of photography, however, I feel like I’ve finally just started to feel like I’m on the right path with it.

I’ve got sort of whimsically dark imagination and a fascination with all things magical and vintage.
With my photography I hope to capture the world as I see things in my mind, to let others see through my eyes I suppose.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My photography usually ranges from retro-futurism to dreamy timeless beauty to campy classic horror/monster films.
I’m inspired by so much so it’s difficult to pinpoint.
Mostly mid-century films (the lower the budget the better in my opinion).
For styling, I’m in love with everything from the ’20s to late ’70s, with a heavy influence from the late ’50s/early ’60s.

The beauty with art is that it’s none of my business what others take away from my art and I find that charming.
I create and put a piece of my imagination out there for others to perceive in the way they wish to.

Any photo that means something to me can have a completely different meaning when viewed by somebody else.
I think that’s the magic of it all.

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?
Depending on the creative career path and how much directional freedom you wish to have with your work I feel like there’s often two major choices-
Book the paying gigs that might not be that exciting/creative but will be enough for you to support yourself.

Or have a main source of income elsewhere and allow yourself to have more freedom and be a bit more picky when choosing creative projects.

I’m a licensed esthetician as well, so I do lash extensions for my main source of income and that allows for more freedom with my photography.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
As of now, my work can be viewed on Instagram.
I have my personal account @kalie_johnston.
And my photography account:

My fiancé and I are currently working on a monster series that we plan to turn into a book and updates on that will be posted on my social media.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Photos by Kalie Johnston

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