Led Zeppelin Lullabies & Mobile Creativity
Led Zeppelin Lullabies & Mobile Creativity by BP
Time and time again, I’ll mention the best part of the mobile creative world is the people you get to meet. Their stories, their influences, their inpsirations. The whole 9 yards. I absolutely love getting to know folks and amongst my busy schedule I was able to spend some online time with someone who has been tagging her photos #wearejuxt on IG. A couple months back she added one of her photos to Andre Hermann’s article on critique. When I asked her to submit, she agreed and when I went through her feed I was really impressed with her images. She had solid images and she also did not shy from playing around and experimenting. I thought what a great artist to interview!
I really loved how much she loved the community as well. SO much so she was willing to give her interview spot to someone else “deserving.” She’s an artist with a big heart, humility, and artistry that I had to make sure she was on the pages of We Are Juxt.
AND with that…Stefanie can be found under @sanikdote on IG.
Beneath still waters her dreams did wait.
BP: Brad S: Stefanie
BP: Where are you from?
S: I am a third generation New Yawker currently living in South Florida. My husband and I do decorative painting together for employment. There is less and less of a demand for such. While he does standard house painting I do have an occasion commission for a mural. I come from a diversified background and having been exposed to so many different cultures I believe this influences my tendency to be interested in a lot of subjects. I never gave it much thought…but since I first started taking photos my eye was towards multiple exposures. My brain is wired to be spontaneous and easily distracted. Such being the case I am constantly delving into one, hobby after another. You name it…I probably tried it. My challenge has been seeing something to completion before I find myself starting something new. Longterm interest have been photography, painting as well as designing accessories for home and self.
However, since I do believe there is more to life then just this, I aim to keep things in perspective. The arts can be a self absorbed pursuit. I am grateful for what has been given to me and therefore use some of my time in volunteer work and mentoring young ones.
BP: Tell me what is in your ears? Music wise what do you like listening to?
S: I love music. I do not favor one style over any other. I have been exposed to every genre of music since my father was big time into jazz and rock. My lullabies at night were Led Zeppelin and I would awake to Benny Goodman. I grew up during an era where music was a large part of my culture.
From Joni Mitchell, Sir Dylan, CSN and Young one day to Gang of Four to Eno and Miles.
With a husband from Bretagne France, came Alan Stivel and other Celtic Music as well as music from various parts of the world.
Today …I do dig the so called alternative country bands. That’s not definitive though.
I am bad with names. Did I mention I love music?
a time to reflect.
BP: Tell us about how you started in mobile/social photography? What is it about this genre that gets you excited? What is it that brings you down?
S: Mobile photography came from a moment of need to get a particular shot. What excites me about mobile arts? The novelty of it. It’s mobility. It’s very practical and is ideal for a creative mind to keep itself busy. There’s always something new happening. While traditional mediums are ones I will always return to to get grounded , I do enjoy learning new tricks. This all fits with my experiments in photography.
I must confess, I like some attention for my ‘stuff”. Not a lot. I am thoroughly content with a handful of solid folks and their interchange. That said leads to what brings me down. There’s alot of instaFame and finger flicking that goes around. It would be interesting to have the statistics on how long a person actual spends considering a piece. Unlike a visit to a museum where one is invited to sit and see, submissions to a cyber galleries or sites sort of all feed off the same system. Fave and go. Or not. We scroll through photo after photo but do we really see? I have heard folks say they actually fave to be polite. What does that accomplish other then Provide insincere validation. Then again …I tend be serious minded when it comes to ‘art’. Too…I often times get intense feelings of the futility of it all. I am not one to self promote, nor will I go to any lengths to get attention. While I do tag my work to certain groups, I rarely if ever flood every one with every submission.
When I do not tag is when I find out who is paying attention. One can have hundreds of follows but few folks interacting. What’s that about? The problem might come from me , as you’ll see with what I submit. I am often compelled to throw a curve ball. Only because I am inspired by moments. And despite my randomness , I have in fact developed several sets of which in retrospect present very coherently.
BP: Who inspires you in your family? in your circle of friends and community? in mobile photography? in the general arts world?
S: My husband is very supportive. (Except when asking him to stall traffic so I can get a street shot. ) Is inspiring the same as encouraging? I have amazingly encouraging family members and friends. However, since I enjoy solitude , my inspiration is often stirred from a moment. In fact when once trying to write the word, myself, I misspelled it as , muself.
(Which became my username for Flickr) It was a happy accident since it is tres apropos as I believe we should find inner inspiration.
I do however get inspired randomly by candids from my friends and family especially their children. Since moving down south has limited my ability to get good street shots I often see some amazing moments with them. It’s a challenge to be quick so as to preserve the moment. When once folks are aware of your eye on them…their own disposition changes.
In the general arts world…wow…when I am asked to drop a name I go blank. Not only can I not retain information, I can’t think of anyone in particular. I do like the work of folks like Klimt and Rauchenberg. That’s not the definitive answer though. I need to see a name or image to recall….hmmmmm. Seurat – maybe because of the manic colors dots that can easily be copied via an app. I just came up with that.
Big thanks Stefanie!
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*Editors Note: We did not let Stefanie pass of her spot to be interviewed. She already has chosen another mobile artist to interview and keep your eyes peeled out for that article. It’s going to be a good one.