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Artist Spotlight / Finnegan Travers
I can’t quite pinpoint my style because I feel its always refreshing to switch it up every so often, but having said that I try to follow “a day in the life”/documentary theme through the majority of my portraiture work – most of my images are taken in everyday life scenarios of friends or strangers I encounter.
People are my main point of interest to shoot, they always have been. There is something about the human form that tickles my interest in a simple glance at a person. I will always try to pick an environment that suits the subject – this could be conflicting to their appearance or complimentary, either one works depending on the subjects character. I usually have a rough idea of what it is I want to exploit within a person on a shoot, this may have been an idea that I’ve been working on for a while or something that completely changes when I build a rapport between someone.
I think my main inspirations come from art. Before I even touched a camera I was lucky enough that my father let us draw on every wall in the house. My brothers and I would draw literally anything, hundreds of little characters and space age monsters. I guess as I got more and more into art as I got older, it slowly pushed me to draw more realistically and eventually into photography. I take inspiration from all variations of art forms espically fine art/illustrations.
My friends inspire me everyday. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by such inspirational artists, photographers, producers, and musicians my entire life. Being a country bumpkin at heart in a small town where music and parties have led me into photographing some of the strangest times of my life has only ever pushed me into documenting my own experiences and wanting to share them with everyone.
I don’t exactly know where photography is going to take me. I like that though. I aim to go back to India and try to create a book once I’ve finished my degree. I aim to involve all forms of art into my photography i.e printmaking and markings. I guess I’m just going to follow the projects I’m interested in for as long as I can and see where they take me.