Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah DeMarco.
Sarah, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Wow, what a question. I suppose I started getting involved with the arts, specifically photography, younger than I think. I’ve always loved to take pictures of people; I was always the one making sure everyone was centered in the iPhone photo for the Homecoming dance or the one getting the angles that I knew would look better on people. I got my first camera about 3 years ago and it was a little point and shoot Canon that opened up my world. I took that camera everywhere and put in a lot of shutter life on it!
This last year, I didn’t have too much money for Christmas gifts for some friends and I offered to do some couple photos for them. They turned out better than expected, and it was sort of like something fell into place for me. I dropped out of College a year ago in hopes of finding something anti-degree based, and it had taken me a lot of failures and a lot of self-induced pressure and deprecation along the way, because it’s easy to feel like you are alone sometimes when you leave the path many of your peers continue to take.
Anyways, after that shoot, I found that I suddenly developed a hunger to create, which is something that I had never experienced before until then. Since then, a world of new things has opened itself to me. Anything from portraits, to weddings, to adventure and outdoor, to the really weird stuff that is just mainly made for fun. All this photography has given me something to be excited about. Something I feel proud of and proud of myself for.
It’s been humbling to never stop learning and to have that knowledge be the kind of stuff that I actually crave to learn. The classroom was never meant to hold me for long, and looking back, I’m glad I broke out when I did. There’s more, but that’s the list. Thanks for asking.
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 do photography. I create moods and feelings, and I try to capture moments. I don’t believe in poses. I try to always keep my style a little all over the place because I find that I like a lot of different colors and angles for a lot of different shots.
I just can’t pick one; it kills the aesthetic of your typical photographer, sure, but it makes me happy, so I’m here doing it. I create these sorts of photos because I believe in fun and in experimentation. I do it to make something new and to push the people I’m capturing out of their comfort zones. I also do it because I have made many new friends through the art, and that’s something I want to never stop doing, so, yay!
The message I guess would be to not take yourself (and me) too seriously! I want people to enjoy the work with joy and to laugh at the weird stuff and to just enjoy the ways the photography can take you for a ride and can be way more bizarre than most of what we see on Instagram today.
You should know that above all else, my work is a labor of love! I just want to have fun with it all, you know?
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Social media. Ha.
Probably the competition and the comparison that is so alive today. In places like Instagram, it is so easy to mark yourself as a bad artist or as a failure because you can spend hours just scrolling through other peoples’ work and it. Can. Consume you. It can be so draining because, in a space where you should be celebrating each other’s work and gaining creative juices from them, you more often than not fall into a rut of “not good enough”.
That’s stupid. Stop doing that! You are good enough because you’re you and that’s unique in itself. The challenge comes from people taking that competition and comparison and changing their work so that it models after other work that belongs to other artists, and then it’s like. Who are you again? Your work is no longer your own once you start trying to be someone else.
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?
Mostly through Instagram, where I am currently going through sort of a travel kick. I’m away from home right now and have been trying to create in lots of new ways since being away. Supporting it would maybe look like asking me to come along on some adventures with them and to shoot for them!
My goal in life currently is to find someone who will take me traveling everywhere for as long as I take lots of photos. A lofty goal, but again, not trying to take me too seriously here. In reality, supporting it would mainly be to reach out! I love making friends and new friends often leads to new inspiration.
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