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Art & Life with Kristin Cofer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Cofer.

Kristin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I feel like I was born a photographer. I’m a natural observer and have always felt comfortable behind a lens. When I was in high school, I assisted a photographer and I immediately fell in love with the photographer lifestyle. I would pack up all the gear, put it in the car, load film for the cameras, charge the batteries, and pack our lunch. I fondly remember driving to the gigs listening to Barry White mix tapes.

The days always went so fast. I loved meeting people and, even then, making them feel comfortable in front of the lens. I also started taking band photos in high school, as a lot of my friends were musicians. I’ve never really stopped taking photos of everything and anything, and here we are in 2019.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Most everything I do is a collaboration. I think when a photographer is taking a photo of another human, there is an energy exchange, which is a collaboration between you and the subject. I can’t ever say any image is fully mine. I can set lighting and an atmosphere, but the subject is always going to bring the energy. Our combined energy together makes the magic.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think it’s getting harder and harder to be an artist and that is an issue I’ve struggled with the last few years. My dream is to be a full-time photographer, but I still need to have a day job to support myself. I love the idea of getting to the point with my art and business where I can give it 100% of my energy. But I haven’t been able to figure that out yet.

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Image Credit:
Color portrait – Cash Askew from the SF band Them Are Us Too, bw album cover for Texas band SRSQ (solo project of Kennedy Ashlyn), bw double – LA musician Pearl Charles, rainbow prism – musician Chelsea Wolfe, pink double exposure – Salt Lake City band, Human Leather, BW film image – LA musician Emma Ruth Rundle, color double exposure – astrologer and psychic medium Jessica Lanyadoo

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