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Conversations with Talya Adams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Talya Adams.

Hi Talya, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I began writing in high school, mostly poetry at the time. During undergrad, I double majored in Creative Writing and Theatre. My love for performance art took off from there, and afterward, I continued to study film in graduate school.

I love all things story-related, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that my interest in photography spiked next. I love to capture people, places, and interactions during honest moments.

Today, I balance my love of writing, photography, and film regularly. Through my YouTube channel, I’m able to satisfy my interest in creating content. Photography allows me to explore portraiture and photographic stories. I also satiate my love of words by writing on Medium at the moment.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Nothing in my life has ever been smooth, and I’ve grown to accept and expect this a long time ago. Upon reflection, obstacles and detours have been necessary to get me where I am today.

The most recent setback I’ve had was when I was laid off from my full-time job. The truth is, I didn’t love the job, but I leveraged it to pay for my life essentials while I pursued my creative endeavors on the side.

A year and some change of lockdown later, I’ve resolved to go all-in as a creativepreneur. I was miserable putting in forty hours a week working for someone else, but working for myself doesn’t feel like work at all.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of hard work and long hours, but I finally feel satisfied at the end of the day. I’ll do what it takes to keep feeling this way.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I do a few things as I mentioned before. I might be most well known for my YouTube channel. It’s hard to tell. However, my channel is about encouraging people to get involved with film photography. I make videos to help beginners and to showcase what my photographic experience is like.

On IG, I may be best known for my black and white photography. I specialize in portraiture. Humans fascinate me and I enjoy working to capture their essence in a photograph.

I’m most proud of a compliment a mentor of mine gave me recently. She said, “I find your photos to be brutal and beautiful.” The woman has a way with words, but I think she’s on to something.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I enjoy the food and the beach most in LA. A day at the shore is my favorite type of day. I don’t get to partake often, but when I get an opportunity I take it.

Discovering new restaurants is also a favorite of mine.

My least favorite thing about the city is the trash. Since 2020, it’s gotten so bad. It’s everywhere. It’s in neighborhoods I wouldn’t expect to see it in either. I actually started photographing all the trash in my neighborhood last year as a lockdown project.

Whenever I walked to the store or to run an errand, I’d take my camera and take photos of all the new trash in my neighborhood. Initially, I thought it was just a side effect of lockdown, but no. The trash remains.

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Models: 1. Niaz Marie 2. Tyler Williams 3. Karla 4. Nate Bryan 5. Kareem Brown 6. Amira + Josh Samuels 7. Ashleigh Morghan 8. Luke Lungren

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