The ever changing beauty of life with The Reclusive Blogger
Proving that that it’s not the tool that makes the artist, The Reclusive Blogger started dabbling in photography with just Kodak cameras and then her iPhone before moving on to a DSLR. Her striking photos of flowers are at turns delicate and colourful, edited just so to evoke a mood.
LET’S START WITH YOUR MONIKER: THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER. HOW DID YOU PICK IT UP AS YOUR ARTIST NAME?
I wanted to maintain some sort of anonymity when I was posting online and separate the personal me from my artistic self. It’s really is a play on words. It describes someone who loves art and writing. Someone who is very hesitant to put oneself or face in the forefront. I want my “Art” to do that.
WHEN DID YOU PICK UP YOUR FIRST CAMERA AND WHEN DID YOU REALIZE IT WAS SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO PURSUE?
I had been using small Kodak digital cameras for several years as a hobbyist before switching to taking pictures with my iPhone. When I realized I loved it, it put me at peace and those photos got a great reception from different types of people. I then progressed to a DSLR, which I picked up in 2014. It’s a Canon Rebel EOS T3i with a lens kit. it’s referred to as an entry level DSLR but it’s perfect for me. I shot in many different situations and it’s served me well. I still use my iPod Touch and (this is new) my Moto Droid Turbo 2 for certain things.
WHO AND WHAT ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
I tend to have influences from other parts of the art world. My two biggest heroes/influences are always going to be my mom and grandmother. Outside of that there’s singer Bessie Coleman and painter Vincent Van Gogh. I also get inspired by poetry, colour, and images found on Instagram and Pinterest. Just random things in life also inspire me. Music is huge for me as well; musicians like Dan Smith from Bastille, James Bay, Frank Ocean, St. Vincent and SZA. I find their music very colourful and great to listen to when creating.
I’m also a writer and a musician, it’s another extension of my creative self. My music is electronic music, so a lot of that is very colourful and unique. I often write poetry or songs that are paired with many of my photos. And I actually also do concert photography.
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR WORK AND YOUR PROCESS?
A lot of my photos aren’t edited. For the ones that are, I work by feeling. I just know when they’re “done”. Some photos I’ll look at and not like right away. I’ll go back to them days, weeks or even years later and they feel better to me. I usually edit my images on phone with different apps, depending on if I want it to stay close to the original or if I want it to have a more artistic look. A few of my faves apps to use are Pixlr, VSCO, Snapseed, Trigraphy, Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom, Priime, Pixelmator, and A Color Story.
FLOWERS ARE A RECURRING THEME IN YOUR WORK: WHAT DO THEY MEAN TO YOU?
To me they are a symbol of growth, renewal, life. How life is forever changing. They represent the opposite as well. I like how pretty many of them are but they never end up like that. And my middle name is Rose (I’m named after my grandma), so that’s another aspect. From a technical point of view, I love the challenge as flower photos are not the easiest to take and can easily look boring but I think mine don’t.
SHADOWS IN BLOOM IS OUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK OF YOURS. TELL US MORE ABOUT IT.
It’s actually a landscape picture of these flowers (not sure what they are) that had a very tropical look and feel. But I felt the photo needed more so I made it vertical and did some edits on it to fade the bright colours a bit and to give it a bounce against the shadows. I wanted a moodier juxtaposition with the bright flowers. It’s just how I was feeling at that moment!
YOU’RE AFRICAN-AMERICAN. HAS THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE INFLUENCED HOW YOU APPROACH YOUR WORK AS AN ARTIST?
Just keep being a presence as much as I can, showing other young black girls that they can do this as well. It won’t be easy but the greatest things in life aren’t. I try to be as much as a positive light in a time when there isn’t much focus on that. People need it, I still need it!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE TO FEEL WHEN THEY LOOK ART YOUR ART?
For me as long as the viewer just feels something. I’m ecstatic. But my ultimate goal is always joy and happiness.