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Art & Life with Kiki Polo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kiki Polo.

Kiki, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My love of photography started at an early age because my mom’s hobby was photography. I always carried a camera with me before digital or cell phones were a thing. Once I went to college, I took several photography classes, but at 24 years old I found myself pregnant and would eventually have to become what I thought was being practical and leave the love of learning about photography behind so that I could earn my Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. After wrapping up that degree, I knew I didn’t want to pursue my education in Business any further. So, when I went on to pursue my bachelor’s degree, I majored in Art with an emphasis in Photography.

Unfortunately, I already had an administrative and accounting background as my profession. I was very fortunate to be able to raise my son on my own with being in the Accounting world. But, I knew some of my unhappiness and feeling unfulfilled was because I was not doing what I love – photography. So, after my father’s death at the end of 2016 and being laid off, I started taking the steps to pursue this dream of being a photographer.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is photography.
-I believe photography can tell history whether it be personal or world history.
-I believe photography can capture memories, even well after we forget.
-I believe photography can convey emotions.
-I believe photography can also showcase a person and/or a business in its best light.
-I believe photography can show us places we have never been to and hope to eventually go to.
-I believe photography can show us all the beauty we may never stop too long to see in people and nature.
-I try to show all this in some of my art.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
The biggest challenge facing artists today is probably reaching the audience that is looking to hire us. Yes, there is Instagram, websites, Facebook, but there are so many of us and it is very hard being in front of all the other very talented artists so that you book that gig.

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