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Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Delsigne.

Erin, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am Erin Delsigne, a professional photographer based in Los Angeles. I attended Humboldt State University and Cal State Long Beach, and studied Photojournalism, Black and White film, digital and commercial photography.

My journalism path began as a writer. To graduate from college, I needed to take a photojournalism class. I was really upset about it. at first. I had no interest in photography. On the first day of class, my professor handed me a 35mm film camera which had been beaten to hell over the many years of use. Despite its rough appearance, holding the camera in my hands for the first time triggered something inside of me. I immediately felt a close connection to it and the possibilities it presented. 

After falling ill with debilitating Lyme Disease, I was unable to work let alone live a normal life for nearly 10 years. It was a blessing in disguise, really. I was able to slowly build my name, my work and my business. By the time I reached remission, I had a stable freelance career that was born from a place of inspirational struggle and sacrifice that I was truly proud of. Photography had saved my life. It was my only relief, and my greatest escape.

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?
I have always been artistic, but the day I picked up a 35mm film camera in my photojournalism class at Humboldt State changed everything.

Photography became a part of my life around the same time symptoms of my illness surfaced for the first time. It was only natural that photography would become intimately connected to the struggle that I lived with each day. On a personal level, creating art is a way for me to form a bridge of understanding and education about Lyme Disease to those who are unaware of what it means to live your life with a disability or illness. Even during my darkest journey, I chose to focus on the idea that I was suffering for a higher reason. I wasn’t a victim. I never felt sorry for myself or even questioned, ‘why me?’ I was living in controversy, learned valuable lessons and found inspiration for my work to maybe one day bridge that gap of “The Lyme Controversy.”

Hope is a powerful medicine when paired with passion. I knew I could beat the odds as soon as I switched to natural healing. Because of this, a lot of my work focuses on the natural female form. Now that I am in remission, I can see even more clearly how truly lucky I was. I hope people feel comfort when they view my work. Hope for their future, no matter how hard it may be to see. I would love to spread inclusiveness to all those who feel lonely, ignored or misunderstood. I hope my work allows someone to step inside a celestial view of my story and feel inspired by the fact they are not alone in their own personal struggle.

With the characteristic variety of mood and tone, my photographs organically combine the sensitivity and vulnerability of my subjects, while aiming to bring out their often uninhibited and expressive personalities. I favor the realism of natural light, but am dazzled by the unlimited options and control that artificial light gives me in a studio. I shoot with 35mm, Instax, 120mm, and FP-100c peel apart film, using various film cameras. I shoot with Nikon cameras and lenses for all of my digital work.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think the biggest challenge facing artists today is the impact on society social media has had. Although it has become easier to promote ourselves, there is also a huge influx of market saturation. It has become harder to hold people’s attention. Things need to be quick, bold and relevant. People expect more, faster and cheaper.

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?
I have several different outlets for my art and two businesses. My film and fashion work can be found at erindelsigne.com. My nude art, instax collages and 35mm work can be found on Instagram at @er.bare. Fashion editorial work can be found at @edpunplugged.

I do various art shows in Los Angeles and just participated in Enigma art show in Los Angeles and showcased some of my Instax collages for the first time. There is also Erin & Jake Photography, erinjakephotography.com, for maternity photos, professional headshots, Aerial Photography and Weddings and more. I’ve worked with my husband now for nine years.

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Image Credit:
The photo of me was taken by Jake Roach, Erin & Jake Photography.

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