The Southern Glossary Instagram account is curated by a new artist or photographer each week. Every curator will put their own spin on the account, showing off work, their process, and their surroundings. Here's a Q&A with last week's curator, photographer Jenna Miller.
How did you interest in photography begin?
I was introduced to photography by my husband, but I became interested in photography through my undergraduate studies in journalism. After taking a photojournalism class my last semester I was hooked. Instead of starting over, I decided to pursue a Master's in photography.
How do you feel about the relationship of an artist to their city or surroundings?
It seems that how you feel about your surroundings dictate if your creativity will thrive. I think it is extremely easy to feel that unless you are in one of the big art cities that you aren't connected to the art world and I used to feel like that myself. I have found myself focused on southern art over the last few years and I don't see how I would be as inspired to create that work without being immersed in everyday life in the south so living somewhere like New York wouldn't work for me right now. Another major component is being able to connect with other artists in your city. It is key to developing your own personal art community.
Do you have a creative or artistic peer group in your area that you're a part of? What opportunities are there for artists like yourself?
I am a part of a very small art community in my area geared towards fine art and documentary work. There are a few photography galleries geared towards southern art in Charleston and we also tap into the other communities in South Carolina and throughout the south.
Where do you go to draw inspiration?
I find inspiration from literally everywhere: galleries, books, online, music, etc. but mostly from looking at other artist's work. I'm especially drawn to the work of southern artists. I am inspired when artists care about the work they are making so much that they have to make it and have to tell their story.
Do you feel creatively satisfied?
I think I do. A lot of my work requires travel and when I am able to get into that space and just focus on creating the work without interruption I am most content. Currently, I am working daily to launch an online art forum for emerging photographers that I'm hoping to launch in February. I also teach at a local college where I live in Charleston, South Carolina, and I love to watch my students grow and create which is satisfying.
Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project or exhibition.
I just closed an exhibit in Los Angeles that featured some of my work from "Evesmama" that I shared on Instagram this week. I just finished traveling for two months to work on various ongoing photography projects and am looking forward to being home and sitting down with the work to see where I'm at.