Today we’d like to introduce you to Emma Eunoia.
Emma, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up, I spent my time between Milwaukee, WI and a touristy yet quaint town in the Northwoods called Boulder Junction. You could always find me barefoot in the woods, foraging, making, brailing the earth and taking note of my surroundings. Milwaukee, a very blue collar and industrial city, is where my strong work ethic and love for repurposing all started. In Boulder Junction my family ran a log cabin resort and cafe, this sparked my desire to create a strong sense of community regardless of where I am. The seemingly polarizing nature of the two worlds I lived in – being a wildling but also a city dweller – was actually an environment I thrived in. I found the space between the two to be united into who I am now. I have been able to take that inspiration and use it daily within my art and my career.
Ever since I was young, I’ve been a lover of moments. An intimate sunrise, that stranger that smiled at you from across the market, that deep blue color of the sea when the light hits just right, a dancer when no one is looking. My niche as a photographer isn’t just documenting a look or a place. Instead, I want to capture the light that radiates from one’s soul because we are so much more than our physical appearance.
It wasn’t until my teenage years that I realized the power photography holds. How one single image can tell a thousand stories. Being behind the lens, I have the power to create any story I wish. Capturing a split moment in time that we can never revisit. At the age of 15, my mom dropped me off at my first photography job. It was at a studio in an old wooden barn that had been renovated. My only real photo experience was over exposing rolls on a Pentax K-1000 and taking my parent’s camera, making my younger brother and friends model for me. I started off by learning camera basics and editing but didn’t fully know how to work a camera until I got thrown into shooting a wedding only months after starting at the studio. Thriving on that kind of pressure, I took it and ran.
Has it been a smooth road?
The journey I’m on has been far from being easy and even still continues to present me with some challenges. If I had to pinpoint just one of my biggest struggles, it would be going against the grain of society and trusting my potential. I’m a firm believer that education is crucial in order to create lasting change. With this being said, the sooner I accepted the fact that college wasn’t for me and that I was already achieving everything I wanted without the degree, the better off I was. I learn best through real life experiences and human connections. However, it can be very intimidating and overwhelming to pave your own path rather than blending with society.
Luckily from early on, I knew I wanted to be a photographer and my stubborn, persistent personality definitely helped accelerate the process. One moment I feel like I’ve made it, and the next I’m second guessing everything. Wondering why I didn’t play it safe, didn’t finish school and didn’t get a 9-5. As if I was even capable of giving up all that I’ve started. I’ve come to realize and appreciate the vulnerability that comes with being an artist. It’s a wild and completely unconventional lifestyle. I really wouldn’t change it for the world though. It feels good to bring my visions to life and I’m learning and growing so much through trial and error. It’s that rush along with all the possibilities for what each day could bring that keeps me inspired and wanting more. It’s also all the love, support and words of encouragement that I’ve received along the journey. I’m very grateful to do what I do and to have people that are here for it.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Long ago, I came across the word Eunoia and it really resonated with my intentions. Eunoia means beautiful thinking, receptivity and the basis for the ethical foundation of human life. With my photography, I aim to inspire others and to capture intimate moments in boundless spaces. Creating a series of visuals blending the importance of global sustainability while portraying resilience and vulnerability within humankind. I’d like to think that my photography celebrates the natural beauty within our culture and the planet.
Although my work can be quite personal at times, I do think that anyone can take something away from it. Whether it’s feeling more confident and beautiful in your own skin, learning about plastic pollution or simply enjoying for the sake of art. If I had to choose one thing that sets me apart from others, it would be my drive to cultivate a story behind every image I take. Creating different perspectives than we are used to seeing in our everyday lives.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Something I have always found special about LA is artists having the space to practice multiple forms of art. No one is limited to just one creative outlet. If a painter wants to paint, model, make jewelry and sing, then they can do all of those things. I also thrive on the fact that I am surrounded daily by so much talent, others doing similar things such as myself. Some may view it as competition, but to me I see it as motivation to keep practicing and bettering my art.
With that being said, the city I’m from has a very strong art community. People fully allow themselves to be inspired by their peers, to engage in a conversation that may just help each other out. To me, LA lacks that support system and community. I would love to be apart of the change I’m looking to see.
- Website: www.emmaeunoia.com
- Phone: 310-905-2086
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @emma.eunoia
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