Lara's Final Thoughts
For the recap of everything, I really want to go over again kind of what we went through on the first day on dh going free, my background and how I come from nothing and how I do what I do today, but I still include those techniques in what I do in my process today. Um, teaching is definitely not something that comes naturally to me, it's something that has come over time. So when I was first asked to do creative live, I was like, oh no, you know, I don't know how this is going to go and it's just been an amazing experience, and it's really made me kind of come forward and improve my teaching techniques, and also it's inspired me to want to seymour with this kind of thing as well. So I want to go over the course over the last few days and again go over my background and kind of tell you a little bit about stories that maybe have stopped me in my tracks if maybe wanna move forwards as well. So again, I started when I was fourteen on dh when I was fourteen feet the way of me um, doing se...
lf portrait, I go out there and I try as many things as possible with disguise, trying to do different things with the composition to hone my skills I'm a fourteen year old girl in the west midlands in england and I don't have anything around me to kind of inspire me um again using these kind of techniques to go there to do different ways with the lighting with composition with the way the makeup looks and just hope in that by placing my work online at the time that somebody would look at it somebody would notice what I do and that this art medium would kind of work for me, so at this time I was reaching out to places like deviant art and slicker on dh I wasn't only in any money I remember all the time when I was doing these I was working with my pocket money because I was fourteen I was working with anything I could possibly do because I loved photography on dh from that going out images that code and working with friends and environments going out on a budget making things happen from from nothing basically and I think it's really important for you guys out there to see that you can make things happen from nothing it doesn't mean to say that you have to have budgets and large photographer fees to make this happen I think that's why I wanted to show you day one it's all about making things happen from nothing you know karen was using the mashed potato with snow or she was using like pastor that was like food color to make like crazy things and you know, I think like mix to make sundaes and it's just great that I can go back to that and I think day one has definitely been something where I've gone back to and I thought, okay, this is where I started this is where I started with my career and I can't forget about with the work I do now again going back to no budget concept going out there and relying on friends to find different location and then process it afterwards to make something interesting and this is the point where I reach them um flickering tv not online and people were saying to me, okay, what is the thought process behind you work like there was a personal link there between my work as well on dh actually at this time I was I did college for two years um and then I started a year of university enjoying my year of unison university I left after the first year I felt really frustrated with the medium, I wasn't learning anything, I wasn't moving forward and I found that a lot of things that have kind of, you know held me back like I didn't get accepted into the first university I went to and then that's kind of made me want to go further in my career I didn't you get into certain magazines when I first saw that I was shut down by sudden clients, I'd walk in the door and they say to me okay, well, maybe we can put you work in this small exhibition or you know, your younger self so maybe you can do this and I felt offended by that because I knew my heart was within what I wanted to do, but I felt that being young was kind of a setback for me as well. So I think anyone out there that is young and thinks that this is not possible for them it's not impossible dream I think that it's really important to remember what photographers went through to get there not just myself photographers that are out there in the industry that I'm making things happen from nothing they using one light techniques they using things like, you know, vintage clothes, they using things like props and all those kind of things I think it's really important to go back to that every time you think things can't happen for you go back to that and then um and then plan and keep making realistic goals and keep thinking forward didn't think about in two years I can be in this magazine or in four years I can be living in a city and working on fashion one so I'm gonna keep going through and you may be telling you about again, working with no budget, going out with friends, using locations that are, in my environment, using available line, um, and then working with agency models and testing and still even in the work I'm doing today, I'm still referencing back from where my early influences with I'm going in, I'm working with and props and doing this kind of work, but I'm also taking back the stories that I used into my work, the way that I opposed the models the way I have interest in the gowns and the dresses and this in the way that the props working the way that the clothes to come together and the only thing that's worked and has improved in my work over the past few years is the technique it's nothing to do with, um, anything else, it's just all that just improving my technique as a photographer, I'm still going out there, um, with balloons that cost two dollars and a set of wigs from an old um oh, so I dress up store with just and the only thing that's improved is my network in my knowledge and the things that come from it. So I think that whenever we do shoots like this, it reminds me avery come from and that when people are watching the workshop, um, over the past few days that shoot what you love and the rest will follow. I think if you follow that with your journey with what you do, don't be frustrated, it will take time. But if you shoot ultimately what you love and the rest will come together eventually as well. And you are the only one that is stopping you from getting what you want to. I'm done e a t o lord, thank you for taking us on your journey. That just sums up not just where you taking up us in the past three days, but your journey and opening up and sharing that with us is incredible. And on behalf of the internet, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And so once again thank you everyone for joining us. Thank you for everyone all around the world who has been with us for these past three days from new york city. Thank you to our four students here who have been with us and asking questions on behalf of you all and getting up in shooting in front of you all learning from mara and person. And once again, let's, please give a huge created by round of applause large.