Jesse Manley has a fresh track for your hungry ears. Photo by Amanda Tipton. There are many reasons to create music, of course. There’s the pedestrian desire for popularity, there is the vaulted idea of artistic creation, but there are also less common reasons. For Jesse Manley, one reason seems to be archeological exploration. On […]
I was writing back and forth with a dear old friend of mine, and I was trying to explain this overwhelming feeling I get sometimes- a sense of caring and attachment, of vital interest and vulnerable curiosity. The closest I could get was to say, “I don’t know. I just care A LOT.” To which he said, “Amanda, where I come from, we call that passion.”
Oh. Right. Passion. It’s not just a word for love and relationships (although it definitely belongs here too), but it’s also for the things that make us come alive.
I could tell you about my background in the arts, how I used to be a theatrical technician hanging lights and running boards, but mostly living in the wonderfully frilly (and often stinky) world of costumes. I could tell you about how I also run a wedding and portrait business with my mother, and how I occasionally teach visual art because there’s nothing better than a bunch of preschoolers with glitter. But I don’t know that that would tell you “About” me, or why I want to offer photography to fine artists.
Passion is complicated. We’re told to follow it, but we don’t always recognize it (clearly, as my conversation with my friend showed me), or how to get it out in the world it once we’ve found it. Communicating that passion is what I want to help fine artists accomplish.
Working with fine artists makes me feel like the woman in this Christian Shloe painting. I often become a bonfire (and occasionally a blubbery mess) when I finally get to sit in the audience at Wonderbound thinking, “These dancers, this company is magical- and I get to help bring people to see it.” Or sitting in rehearsal with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra listening to centuries-old transcendent music, hoping that I can help bring it to a new audience.
Art is vital. Literally, it has life. It feeds on eyes and ears and hearts and minds, and I am passionate about helping form that link between artists and the audience they need to survive.
I believe artists often need context for their work. I believe they not only need a clear record of events, but someone to come in from the outside and become a detective of dance or Carnet De Voyage pieces.
Social media, too, now insists on not just seeing finished pieces, but the process of an artist as well. Artists can no longer just put up a poster and hope people come to their play. They need an interpreter and an advocate.
For this reason, I don’t offer xerox-style photography of art for reprint- there are technicians who specialize in this work, and it’s best left to them. But if you need someone to be vitally curious and intensely passionate about what you do and how to help communicate that to your prospective audience, I’m your photographer.