Today we’d like to introduce you to Leah Martin.
Leah, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up loving photography, but would look at artists and feel like I wasn’t part of that community. I would say things like, “I’m creative, but I’m not artistic.” I spent a decade of my life focusing on what I couldn’t do or didn’t have time to accomplish. A few years ago, a health scare changed my entire outlook on life. I decided to live life differently, with more purpose, and focus on all the things I wanted to do. One of those things was creating again with my photography. My early entrance into fine art photography was focused on a lot of macro work and then as I realized my art could be an outward expression of my innermost thoughts and emotions, it evolved into self-portraits. Stepping out of my comfort zone and in front of the camera felt so vulnerable. And that is, exactly what people loved about the images when I posted them. I finally embraced the idea that I was, in fact, an artist. I continued to shoot and began to model and act. I have made connections all over, collaborating with other artists that find my expressiveness through the lens to be unique and I continue to explore and stretch what I can do. For the last year, I have also begun drawing and painting and have recently had a few pieces of my photography and charcoal work on display in New York City.
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 really believe that most art is extremely personal to the artist. My work is no different. I typically will not shoot anything or paint anything that has not been birthed of inspiration. I need to have that drive to make work that feels authentic. At the risk of sounding trite, it isn’t really about what other people think. I try to stay true to my emotions and ideas. Sometimes I wonder, “Is this a bit out there? Is it too much?” and in those times I push past those doubts and feel even more driven to create that piece, whether it be a painting or photograph. When I shoot or model for fine art photography, I want it to tell a story or elicit feeling. When I paint, the ideas feel limitless, like a dream world. I create based on my experiences and feelings, works of literature, or often song lyrics that move me. Because much of my work has an emotive depth, in my painting, I will occasionally create pieces I call, “cleanse my palate” pieces, in which I put color or ink to the paper not having a fully thought out plan. This allows a bit of release that is not as emotionally charged but is often very visual and becomes about the lines or the colors.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Growing up, the act of making art was and I believe, still is, somewhat seen as frivolous. It is not the kind of career that people always take seriously. However, art is all around us and all people consume it daily. People are starved for it really, the distraction it provides from the hard things – an hour spent living in another world with a character from a movie or book, the colors or forms that catch your eye as you walk into or out of a building or on a city street, the moment spent in front of any photograph or painting that evokes that childlike awe. Art brings us all together. It is openness gifted from the artist to the audience. Any art event raises awareness and exposure to the appreciation of art. It brings art lovers together and inspires people to embark on their own art journey. Inspiration to create is what keeps art going. The energy when you put art lovers in close proximity is unparalleled.
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?
My photography and other visual art pieces can be seen at https://leahemartin.com as well as Instagram (usernames – @out_of_comfort which is my modeling and photography page as well as @lelemeee where I display some of my drawings and paintings as well as my hobby as a rock climber).
- Website: https://leahemartin.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/out_of_comfort/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeahMartin1415
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/lelemeee/
For the pic of me – the credit is Jacques Kalombo – all the other images are mine