Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily McGahee.
Emily, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My life began in South Carolina- surrounded with love by family. I had an instant interest to the performing arts. Local theatre, dance and music held me inspired. I knew, however, that I would need a bigger pond to truly feel happy. When I was a junior at the University of South Carolina, I had the amazing opportunity to study a semester in Florence, Italy. There I become emerged in art and the beauty of buildings, streets and people.
The world became so much larger and the urge to discover more and myself was in full swing. .Two years later, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue what most come for-acting. I found myself diving deep into method acting through stage and film. Once, I had the opportunity to work on film and commercial sets with cameras and lights-I was magnetically connected to what was happening on the other side. Hence my love affair with cameras began. I loved the idea that in stills I could create worlds- some from imagination, some dreams. It has become a way to articulate myself in ways I could never before in an artistic endeavor. Whether it be people, nature, street or my favorite, animals- the subject always give me such happiness. Happiness that I get to tell a story through a still image.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Photography is my greatest form of creative expression. It has helped me clarify a voice I didn’t always have. I find the most inspiring images are the ones that I can read a story from in my mind. That has become a major influence with what I do. Whether I’m working with a person or an animal- I want you to see the happiness or struggles in their eyes or action. Lots of the work I do with animals is to bring awareness of conservation. I want people to care about the world we live in and how even a small change they make can help our planet. This starts with compassion which I try to articulate behind the lens.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Great question. Speaking as a photographer, I believe it is harder. We live in a world where validation is based on “likes” on a larger platform. I do also see the benefits of social media being able to get your work out there through an easy means. I just think the world can become oversaturated with iPhone-based images that it can overshadow the art of many actually using a DSL. I do believe people know the difference though and if you keep up your hard work the universe won’t forget about you.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Please take a look at my website www.emilymcgahee.com or Instagram: emily_mcgahee.
- Website: www.emilymcgahee.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Emily_mcgahee
Female Model: Katie Novack
Male: Casey Pinckard
Horses: Return to Freedom Sancturary