Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Kim.
Alexis, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m a photographer from Phoenix, AZ and I just moved to the Bay Area two months ago with no job, no family, no money, just a hundred bucks for enough gas to make it to North California. I mainly shoot portraits and editorials, focusing on story-telling through imagery and creating visual cinematic experiences.
I was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Arizona for most of my life, and it wasn’t until recently that I decided to leave everything behind to further my photography career and to build more of a network in the Bay Area. I know I’m here for a purpose and I’m still in the process of working on projects that will affirm why I am here.
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 am a portrait/editorial photographer, and I use my creativity to create visual imagery that has a cinematic feel to communicate with anyone that’s viewing my work. I use my digital SLR, and I edit my photos with Lightroom and use Photoshop for retouching. I want my photos to create a feeling as if the viewers are experiencing the moment in the images they are looking at. I want people to feel something. I want them to feel themselves. When you look into a photograph, you’re not really looking at the picture; you’re looking at yourself. You are the observer. I want people to look within themselves when they see my work.
A lot of my projects are self-reflections or observations that I take on modern day society and how I perceive them. I feel that I can use my gift to elevate myself and the world. I truly believe that I only have gifts for the sole purpose of sharing it with this world and I hope that I can achieve that by continuing to grow as an artist and acting on my intentions. My artwork is not about validating me; I don’t necessarily have any particular interest in followers or likes, I just want my message to be heard and FELT.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I feel that the biggest challenge would be the battles artists face within themselves and where they find themselves in this world. Do keep in mind, this is all subjective and based off of conversations I have with other artists and my own self-reflection. Being an artist is challenging because the act of being an artist itself is diluted as something more of a trend rather than as a powerful leader/influencer of this world.
As artists, we set the standards and lead by our own examples by influencing the reality around us whether we are conscious of this or not. In my own personal beliefs, it’s difficult to communicate with this world because modern day society is easily influenced/manipulated to glorify mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, drug addiction and forming a trend out of such serious topics. It’s tragically sad. It’s challenging for artists that genuinely want to make a change in this world that is easily manipulated by what is trending, rather than what is morally ethical. But I do truly believe that it takes artists that are strong-willed to be the change they want to see in this world. It’s happening.
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?
Anyone can view my work on my Instagram or on my website. You can support me through Instagram or through my website! Feel free to reach out via DMs on Instagram! I love making new friends! If anyone wants to support me, I just want it to be known that I will support right back tenfold. Don’t hesitate to reach out; it’s all love and support.
- Website: https://alexiskim.co/
- Phone: 480-208-2459
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tu_deep/
Models in images: @30spicesimplydamon