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Art & Life with Audria Abney

Today we’d like to introduce you to Audria Abney.

Audria, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
As I grapple with this question of what my story as an artist is, I’m sitting in my little home watching my wild children play, looking at a drywall and flooring demolition because we recently had a water leak from the attic. Life can be cruelly mundane, but we all have the opportunity to adjust our perspective to embrace the excitement in life’s challenges. When I became a mom, I was overcome with the busyness of day to day chores and bored out of my mind creatively. I needed a hobby. I needed an escape for the artistic expression bubbling up inside my soul. Then my family bought me a camera…

An entirely new world revealed itself to me! The dancing evening light suddenly caught my attention. The way my daughter’s hair whipped in the wind gave me pause for reflection. I became constantly in awe of people’s quirks, facial expressions, likes and dislikes, relationships. Like seashells collected on a remote shore, even though we share the same structure, we are all intensely unique. Photographing people, to me, is catching a frame of the individuality that we all possess. It’s a celebration and acceptance of a person and the people they love. During a session I love to dig into my subjects’ personalities. I ask a lot of questions, interact, play! Children especially just want to be heard. They want for you to cheer them on. To be interested in their stories. To connect. They want to feel loved and accepted. Don’t we all?

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a photographer, and my art is a gift to the one in front of my lens. I create a visual reminder that they are uniquely beautiful, that they are loved. It’s an opportunity to see how others view them so wonderfully. I photograph real people as a reminder to love yourself, and to cherish your people.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
ORIGINAL QUESTION: What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?

I believe that modern society is both a blessing and a curse for artists. We can spread our art far and wide with not much more than a few minutes in front of a screen. The creation of my art, however, requires an in-person connection with people. Technology makes it easy to isolate ourselves with that false sense of connection through social media.

An escape from modern society into wild landscapes and intimate connections with friends revive me. I would ask that everyone support and respect our national, state, and local parks for the soul-refreshing beauty they contain, as well as consider purchasing from local artists whenever shopping for goods. But most-importantly, make a date with a friend and spend some time face-to-face. Let them know they are cherished. I believe the culture of art in Arizona will vastly grow if we keep this kind of interaction alive.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find me at weddings, family reunions, births, birthdays, and family portrait sessions. Follow me on social media @audriaabney and view my portfolio and contact me for portraits, weddings, and events at www.audriaabney.com

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Image Credit:
All images copyright Audria Abney
Personal photo by Torey Hayden

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