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Art & Life with Lindsay Kreighbaum

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Kreighbaum.

Lindsay, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve been behind the camera since I was about 16 years old, and although I didn’t realize it at the time, I think I had a lot of things figured out about my life at that point! I moved from upstate New York to New York City for college when I was 18 years old – I have a dual degree in Fine Art and Photography from Marymount Manhattan College. I lived and worked in New York City for 9 years before relocating to San Diego in the summer of 2017.

In this exciting transition period of my life, I have been able to really figure out and focus on the types of work that I enjoy creating the most. My first love is portraiture – especially couples and solo female portraiture. My own personal (fine art) work revolves around moody, distorted self-portraits, which I have been doing since I was about 18 or 19 years old! My second love is food photography. I love styling and being creative with each dish, and I really appreciate the clients that trust and allow me to photograph their cuisine in my style!

Photography is so much more to me than something that pays the bills – it’s my true passion that has helped me make others feel confident and happy, and it has allowed me to express myself in ways when I can’t find the right words. There’s nothing more that I want to do in life than be able to capture the moments, people, and emotions that truly deserve to be frozen in time!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My personal art consists of moody, emotive, and sometimes distorted self-portraits.

Sometimes Photoshop is used, but most of the time I really try to create the distortion in front of the camera instead of in post-production. All of my self-portraits are very expressive of my mental health at the time that they were taken. I try to keep the images as raw and distraction-free as possible, so generally the setting/backgrounds are very neutral, there is minimal or no clothing, and the main focus very obvious.

The process of making these portraits is just as, or even more, important to me as the final product. I get so much out of taking these images, and they really help me process my emotions through their creation, whether they are negative or positive.

My work has open-ended meaning to each individual viewer. I know what I feel in each image, but it’s not really what I want others to take away from my artwork. I hope others can look at my images and relate in some way, and to know that it’s okay to not be okay. A lot of beautiful art, music, writing, etc. comes from people that are in pain, and being creative is one of the best ways of coping with and healing personal issues or mental health battles. I hope my work inspires others to be creative and express themselves to alleviate any emotional distress that they may be feeling.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think conditions have always been hard for artists (hence the term “starving artist”), but in recent years, I see that it has gotten harder but also easier in some aspects.

I think it’s hard to make it as an artist because the cost of living is so much higher than ever before, and it seems as if you can’t let yourself take on a creative career without a “backup job” unless you already have money. It’s hard to work from the ground up, but it’s part of the hustle. If you are persistent and hardworking about your passion, I believe that you will be able to make your living doing so – it just takes time, meeting the right people and making the right connections.

The one way that I do believe that life may be a little bit easier for artists in recent years is the explosion of social media. It has made it so much easier to share and discover work and artists, and it’s in the palm of your hand. You don’t have to lug around a physical portfolio to galleries or to potential clients anymore – you send them your website or you promote your Instagram account!

Cities like San Diego can encourage and help artists thrive by creating community spaces for art display, for meetings, for artists to advertise their work, etc. And people can help artists by sharing the work that they truly believe in. The more eyes that see the work, the better!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My professional work can be found on and on Instagram. I post some of my personal work here and there, but I am currently working on a section for it on my website.

People can support my work by hiring me to take photos! Engagements, headshots, family photos, events, I do it all! And if you’re a restaurant owner, chef, etc, I would love to photograph your food!

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