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Art & Life with Katelyn Mulcahy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katelyn Mulcahy.

Katelyn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I fell in love with photography at a young age. I liked being the person behind the camera, making memories of my friends and me to later laugh at and enjoy. I fell in love with sports photography after photographing one game of baseball after school. It slowly morphed into photographing as many sports as I could on behalf of my high school. I continued photographing as much as I could in college, eventually ending up at the University of Michigan. I had the opportunity to photograph many sports while there, working for the school newspaper. My time leading up to and at Michigan helped bring me to where I am now, as a Live Content Creator for Major League Baseball.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I photograph sports using my DSLR cameras, my trusty 5D Mark III and IV. I think in a world full of photographers, sports are unique in how challenging they can be, but also how we can all differentiate ourselves in the profession. One angle might be different from someone else’s, and both can add greater context to a situation. The inspiration behind my photos comes from ways of manipulating and bending light and creating new ways of seeing a particular game, action shot, etc. If I can make someone stop for a moment longer to look at my image, I’ve considered myself successful. I’m still learning how to create images that are different from the norm, as I feel those are the most captivating for a viewer. My hope is that people look at sports differently, and maybe along the way learn to appreciate the work that goes into getting one defining shot.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think it’s hard because getting seen and noticed is not easy. Our world sometimes feels a bit too fast for every single artist to be appreciated in the ways that they should be. In some ways, I would imagine it’s become easier, as people can try and grow their platforms if they are super passionate about it and willing to take the time and energy to focus on it. But I think it’s become another part of the job for all artists and takes away from the actual practice of creating.

Communities are strong when they can band together. Go the extra step to discover a new artist in your community today. Find an artist to keep tabs with them and their work on social media. Go to a local market to see what artists have brought to show. And if you have the power to elevate smaller artists, use it! You never know what eyes might fall in love with someone’s work. I think spreading the word about artists can help empower them and has the potential to elevate the platform that maybe some, myself included, need to succeed.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Social media is the best platform as an artist to share my work with others. Those who are interested can follow me on Twitter @mulcahykatelyn. It’s where I share a majority of my sports photographs and adventures. On Instagram, I’m @krmcamera for my sports and @mulcahykatelyn for anything and everything else.

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