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Art & Life with Ryin Rosenberg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryin Rosenberg.

Ryin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
As a child my family and I moved around a lot but spent the majority of my life just outside of Seattle. I was lucky enough to see different parts of the country and meet a vast amount of people. Growing up I was intrigued by the arts but never pursued thinking it would be anything more than a small hobby. After high school I went to four different colleges, studying marketing at each but kept dropping out and transferring thinking it was the school I didn’t love, not the degree. After my fourth college drop out I ended up taking a graphic design internship in the bay area doing small production work still not knowing what my future plan was. One day the photographer was sick and the creative director asked if I knew how to work a camera, I told them not really and they told me to learn. Fast forward and now here we are, freshly graduated from ArtCenter with a BFA in photography. Fifth times a charm apparently.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a professional picture taker! My work is usually my perspective of the world and I utilize my childish sense of humor as inspiration for almost everything I do. I pull most of my inspiration from daily life and just how I can poke fun at things and people. I also use to blur the line between artificial and real using photo manipulation and make people stop and stare while simultaneously asking why and how. I think the most important thing I want people to know about my work is that it’s not that serious. I’m a photographer, not a surgeon, what I do is not that serious, I just want to have fun, we all gotta lighten up a bit and just enjoy it a bit more.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
OOOoooOOo that’s a solid question. I think getting people to stop and stare. Technology is both our best friend and worst enemy. Attention spans are going down, you have less than a second to capture someone’s attention until that swipe happens and the work disappears. With apps like Instagram, you’re looking at so much work it is hard to stop and appreciate individual art. Also when you’re looking at so much work I think artists today have trouble finding their creative voice. It is so easy to see trends get thousands and thousands of likes and wanting that validation so you do the same thing as everyone else, I think it’s important you make work for yourself, for your enjoyment and your interest, do it for yourself before making work for the masses.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I think the best way to view my work is either through my Instagram (@ryin) or my website (ryinrosenberg.com) right now or stopping me in the street and asking to see my work. I sell prints but I also make a bunch of random objects with my photos on them, ranging from pop sockets to plates to blankets, etc, etc so buying those are always great support and much appreciated. Aside from general financial support, following my Instagram is nice, staying updated and just generally taking an interest in my work means the absolute most.

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