Megan Achtzener

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 Megan Achtzener.

Location: Florida  Website:  Instagram: @meganachtzener

How did your interest in photography begin and how did you arrive at your current style?

I've always been captivated by photographs. As a small child I'd spend hours analyzing the boxes of photographs that my mother had tucked away. I feel that my current style is related to this overly analytical nature that never left me. I've always had a need to understand things so I use my photography to explore the things I don’t yet understand. Through this processes I often find some kind of clarity. 

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 in your area?

I recently graduated from the University of South Florida. The community in the art department was very welcoming and I made some incredible friends. It has been a strange transition to not be working closely with other artists and life outside of academia has been pretty hectic; so lately I have been using social media to keep tabs on what my peers are up to artistically. There are a handful of people whom I've stayed in contact and plan to collaborate with in the future. 

Where do you go to draw inspiration?            

I draw inspiration from things that directly impact me; the things that weigh heavy on my mind. I have found that working like this is very therapeutic. Most of my work is related to past memories, recurring dreams, and feelings towards my surroundings. Working like this has allowed me to address some of my most inner conflicts.

Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project or exhibition? 

Lately, I have been toying with the idea of exploring the issues that conflict others. I’ve always struggled with openly talking about my problems and feelings and I know that I am not alone in this. My photography has allowed me to have conversations that I couldn’t have had in the past and through these conversations I have found peace. I’m trying to figure out how my process of working could benefit someone else's quality of life. 

Do you feel creatively satisfied?

No and I likely never will be.

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