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Art & Life with Leslie Richardson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Richardson.

Leslie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My mom was a freelance illustrator so early on I was exposed to the world of art. In middle school, I started delving into makeup and transforming myself which turned into “photoshoots” consisting of stretching my arm out and taking a million and one selfies with a little point-and-shoot. In high school, I had this random idea that holding a large, chunky camera in front of my face would make me look really cool and important, so I took on photography as an accessory and ended up realizing it was so much more than just a way to get a pass onto the football field.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Photography has been my way of getting to do everything I have ever wanted to do in my life. I can be anything I want to be. I started using myself as a model because I never had to worry about someone canceling. But I quickly realized that becoming a new person for a photo was too much fun and self-portraits became my main focus. A lot of my inspiration actually comes from cinematography and film advertisement. I try to use colors and expression to bring more depth to whoever I am in a single photo. The best thing about photography? If I want to be a pro race car driver…I can be. If I want to be a glamorous, 1940s movie star…I can be.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
One of the best things about photography is that you can do it solo one day and turn it into a team project the next day. Whether you are working with models or networking with other photographers; we live in a time where we have easy access to almost anyone. Using social media to find collaborators is a great way to expand your work and build strong friendships with people in a similar field as you.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My Facebook page, “Leslie Richardson Photography,” or on Instagram @_lu.ru_

I would love to direct everyone to some professional looking website but I never officially bought the domain name.

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