We had the good fortune of connecting with Lexi Jude and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lexi, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think my whole decision to pursue photography was a risk-but it was one of the things I was most passionate about, so I took that chance. I could have started my photography business doing what I know would sell, like weddings or senior portraits, but I knew that I’d find clients of a similar mind if I took a chance with dark fine art. Clients want their image to tell a more profound tale, a concept that stays with you and can be picked apart. Because at the end of the day those type of images are what gives me drive to keep going and the one’s that made me want to start creating photographs in the first place.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been fascinated by photography for years now, its history, and the memories of eras. It all began when I discovered the haunting beauty of Victoriana and the styles and processes of the Dada and Surrealist movements. I knew I wanted to create work that haunted and intrigued my audience. It was far from easy. Trying to make an authentic and unique voice in such a saturated and popular niche was hard for me. I knew I needed to focus on my work without any eyes on it. I needed to create work that true to me first. It was so much easier sharing it that way. I feel like art is so intimate, and it becomes an extension of you, so sharing it with the world can be a challenging and scary thing. But once you overcome that, you will realize the beauty that it will bring you. I found so many other artists through sharing my work and continue to be inspired by them to this day. Though still on this journey, I have learned so much. Always be true to yourself. Your work will be the strongest and most intriguing if it comes from inside your soul. There is no point if you are chasing fame or trying to gain numbers. You have to want to create for yourself and only for yourself. I want people to know my story and photographs are meant to share to evoke emotions or create a connection by the viewer.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Where would I not take them, so should be the question? Even though I just moved to Savannah, I have fallen in love with so many places around here. I would recommend a stroll around Forsyth Park. You will see the most beautiful houses and architecture. There are also many vegan cafes that I love around here. Fox and Fig is a lovely one (who doesn’t like a yummy vegan mac). You cannot miss out on all the antique shops. You have to wander around downtown and pop into a few. It is one of my favorite things to do around the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would have to say my family, in particular my parents. They have always supported me and stuck by my side throughout my whole journey. It is an irreplaceable type of support and love. And I will always thank them for that.
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