Jennifer Crowder

Portrait photography

 

artist bio

I graduated from UTSA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography in 2009. I have participated in the Mentorship Program for Communication Arts High School, and acted as a judge for various high school art competitions. My work has been published in over 30 online and print magazines, including San Antonio Beyond Arts and More, Zink Magazine, and the San Antonio Express News. My images are playful and imaginative, finding a balance between fine art and fashion. They are sleek, and polished, with vibrant colors or rich tonal ranges. I am influenced by photographers Richard Avedon and Tim Walker, and contemporary installation artist and photographer Sandy Skoglund, all of whom create narratives within their work.

 

Q & A

 

How did you first get introduced to photography?

My Dad loved taking photographs, and I was always so proud of his images of our family. One year he came back from visiting my Grandpa Holy in Wisconsin, with an entire roll of images of my Grandpa doing ordinary every day things. There were images of him riding his bike, or sitting in a chair reading the newspaper, with the sun filtering in through a window behind him. I had never seen my Grandpa this way. My Dad was able to show me something of my Grandpa that made me feel as though I knew him a little better.

My father never called himself a photographer or an artist, and no one in my family was connected to the art scene. I didn't know much about any type of art at all- only that I loved drawing, and wished I was better at it. One day I was at a friend's house, and I saw some photographs on the wall that her father had taken- some doors and other "random" things. The stories the images told had a profound impact on me. The thought of photographing anything other than a person, and having it tell a story was new to me. The idea of photographs as art was new to me.

A few years later, I lost a close friend in a sky-diving accident, and I realized I didn't have many photos of her, or us, I started taking a camera everywhere I went; photographing the people I loved. Eventually, I remembered that moment I saw those photographs hanging on the wall, and I paid attention to the feelings that stirred in me when I saw those, and when I saw the photographs my Dad took. I enrolled in a photography class at San Antonio College... and at that point it all just snowballed.

 

What inspires you?

Inspiration come in dreams, and it comes through seeing other artists work-- painters, sculptors, all of the arts. It comes from the desire to always be doing something with my hands. I figure if I'm going to be doing, doing, doing, I might as well be doing something beautiful.

 

 

What do you like about having a studio at the Millworks?

I love being around other artists, and bouncing ideas off each other, and giving each other inspiration, support, and encouragement. I also love the community. It's also a great place to be if you want to try and learn more about the art industry, and make connections in the local art community.

 

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