Artsy Mondays: InFocus Photographer Interview with Liam Mackenzie
This is truly a fun time of year when we pause and think about what lies ahead in January and in 2020!
For me, I’m anticipating InFocus Photo Exhibit & Awards, which is coming up in February and runs all that month and also all of March (see below for the event invite)!
InFocus is an annual photography exhibition that I started with my husband, Aaron. 2020 will be our SIXTH exhibit! That feels like a lovely accomplishment.
THE MISSION OF INFOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION & AWARDS IS TO PROMOTE & EXHIBIT INNOVATIVE, THOUGHTFUL AND PROVOCATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY CREATED BY CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY IMAGE-MAKERS.
In an era in my province – Alberta – where arts funding is being cut, I am immensely proud to be creating opportunities for artists, photographers, sculptors, designers, etc. to show their creative work and have a platform.
The government may control a good chunk of arts funding, but it does not control the urge in creatives to make art, nor the desire to share that work with others. We artists are our own masters, gatekeepers, promoters, and funders. We are the magic makers and we can never forget that.
I am excited to bring a new collection of photographs together in InFocus Photo Exhibit2020. The theme is “Change,” which is fitting as we live in a ever-shifting political and environmental age. With Greta Thunberg named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019 and the American election and the ongoing Trump saga, “Change” is just the right theme for 2020.
InFocus Photographer Features
Over the next few months, I will be featuring InFocus 2020 Photographers here, on Artsy Mondays!
When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
I’ve always been a visual and artistic person so the transition to the photographic world just happened naturally. I think I started to hone into photography when I was going through artist’s social media platforms as a teenager and going, “I really identify with these images, I wonder if I could create a similar feeling?”
Who are the photographers and artists that have had the greatest influence on you and why?
Ryan Pfluger, Tyler Mitchell, and Ally Schmaling are my all time favourite photographers. For artists of other mediums, Grimes (musical artist), Charli XCX (musical artist), Milk (drag artist), Hattie Stewart (graphic artist), and Keith Haring (painter) are some of my biggest absolute favourite sources of inspiration. Their methods of creation are so electric and I really resonate with that mindset and energy.
What do you most enjoy about being a part of InFocus Photo?
The various interpretations of a vague theme. It’s really refreshing to see how a different artist might view “Change” and hearing how people explain and describe their work is always an imitate thing.