Today we’d like to introduce you to Laina McWhorter.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a Street & Travel Photographer, vagabond, wife, mom, wannabe rock star, and a really, really big nerd. A healthy addiction to traveling has led me to the Grand Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Bali and 50 out of 50 of the United States of America.
Earning a Fine Arts degree in Photography from Arizona State University, I’ve done just about every type of photography there is before I found my niche in Street/Travel Photography. I worked as a Photojournalist for my college newspaper, The State Press, I freelanced for the East Valley Tribune newspaper in addition to a plethora of other publications. I pursued art shows, exhibitions and any opportunity I could find to showcase my work while building up my portfolio and developing my own style and unique point of view. I also spent over 5 years shooting as the staff photographer of the Arizona Roller Derby League, earning myself the derby name, “Triggerhappy”.
My work has appeared in Drift Travel Magazine, The Sun Magazine, Skin and Ink Magazine, Five on Five Magazine, The Advocate, Inspired Eye Magazine, Nailed! Magazine, Edge of Humanity Magazine, Electric Mustache, The Phoenix New Times, The East Valley Tribune, Studio Vox, SLAM Magazine, Tempe Starving Artist Magazine, HBO’s series: Enlightened, GSNTV’s Skin Wars, CBS TV’s Hawaii 5-0 and multiple books depicting women’s roller derby.
Although, I travel often, my home base and happy place are in Midtown Phoenix with my wife, daughter and three ridiculous dogs.
Please tell us about your art.
Photography freezes time; it is magic, its why I am drawn to it. It is a visual diary of my daily shenanigans and adventures allowing others a glimpse into the way I see the world. Sometimes the subject matter is a pretty landscape, sometimes it is controversial in nature, and sometimes it is just something or someone that caught my eye. I shoot Street and Travel Photography as a way of showing everyday moments, places, beauty, characters, and details viewers may otherwise miss as they hurry about their daily lives. My images act as footprints…they are my “I was here.”
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Submit your work anywhere and everywhere. Do not let rejections get you down, let them motivate you to keep working towards your goals. Reach out to other artists locally and nationally to find a network of creatives that you can bounce ideas off of a draw inspiration from… hopefully you inspire them in return.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work has appeared in Drift Travel Magazine, The Sun Magazine, Skin and Ink Magazine, Five on Five Magazine, The Advocate, Inspired Eye Magazine, Nailed! Magazine, Edge of Humanity Magazine, Electric Mustache, The Phoenix New Times, The East Valley Tribune, Studio Vox, SLAM Magazine, Tempe Starving Artist Magazine, HBO’s original television series: Enlightened, GSNTV’s hit television show: Skin Wars, CBS TV’s Hawaii 5-0 and multiple books depicting the growing sport of women’s roller derby. People can see and support my work by purchasing prints and/or usage rights at www.lainamcwhorter.com
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