Christy Lorio

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, writer & photographer Christy Lorio.

Location: New Orleans, LA  Website:  Instagram: @christylorio

How did you interest in photography begin?

I’ve always liked taking photos but I only just got serious about learning photography last year. I’ve been writing professionally for the past five years, and found that many online publications want to hire people that can write and take their own photos. I’ve always had an interest in learning photo composition, so when a friend was selling some gear she had outgrown I jumped at the chance to get a dSLR and enrolled in some non-credit classes at a local community college.

How do you feel about the relationship of an artist to their city or surroundings?

It’s cliché at this point to mention feeling tied to the surroundings here in New Orleans, but people do have deeply personal connections to this city, whether they are a one time visitor or a lifelong resident. And the photo opportunities are seemingly endless thanks to the architecture, music festivals, our proximity to the swamp, and of course Mardi Gras.

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 have one photographer friend that I shoot with on a quasi regular basis but I would love to go out with more people. I’m always interested in seeing the artistic choices that others make when making photographs at the same time.

Where do you go to draw inspiration?

I follow a lot of professional photographers on Instagram. I also like to take long bike rides by myself, or if I’m driving sometimes I’ll take the long way home to take in some new sights.

Do you feel creatively satisfied?

I never feel entirely satisfied with my work, but sometimes I do produce some gems. I think a lack of satisfaction stems from growth.

Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project.

I’m traveling quite a bit this summer. I’m headed to Ireland for a month as part of UNO’s Writing Workshop program, then in August I’m going to Havasupai, Arizona- quite the different landscape than Ireland. I can’t get enough of the southwest and I haven’t been there in a few years. I might try to squeeze in some day trips from New Orleans if I can. When I graduate in December I plan on taking more photography lessons.

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