We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Fowles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks provides you with the opportunity to see what you’re capable of in moments of uncertainty. In 2016 I decided to make a major life change by moving away from my family in a suburb of Sacramento to Southern California. Uprooting from a comfortable job that I loved and close friends I’ve had throughout high school, I was at a point in my life where I wanted an escape from what had become all too familiar. I felt taking this risk could bring new experiences I couldn’t imagine yet. In this way, the scary uncertainty can act as an exciting opportunity which is valuable in a person’s life. I believe the need to rise to an occasion reveals aspects of yourself which help to make you stronger and taking risks is a reliable way of bringing challenges in front of you. Seeking out a new job in a new area, and pitching my photography work to new clients helped me develop in ways which I could not imagine had I remained in one place. I also truly appreciate the fact that Los Angeles is very creative and artistic, which I find extremely inspiring. There are many doors for me in LA. It’s really great being able to surround myself in this colorful environment. For me, taking risks helps you learn who you are while changing you along the way.
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.
The unique life of each individual has always fascinated me and using art to express my own vision has become a huge passion. I would say the need to create led me towards photography. Even today my process involves getting ideas and going out to experiment with ways to capture it on camera. Wanting to come from a place all my own, I find the pictures that speak to me most are the ones which have a sharp mix of emotions. A feeling of stark rumination, whether it’s through colorful or black and white contrast photography, tends to be the mood I usually characterize my art as being. A challenge that comes is when I’m on the hunt to capture a specific image as I imagine. Something that excites me most is landing a really good shot and going home to edit it. Being able to comfortably select among many choices on how the picture will look, and matching it just right to what I want, is an almost meditative experience in itself.
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?
A week long trip with best friends would be super exciting and would definitely find us scattered all across the LA area. I would force us to do a museum marathon by visiting the Getty Center, Huntington Library, and LA Arboretum. I get so much inspiration and have a great time whenever I visit these places. Then I’d take them out for a tasty dinner down Sunset Blvd in Silverlake at the Night + Market Song for Thai food or my favorite: Bao Dim Sum in Beverly Hills. A trip wouldn’t be complete without having them witness the insane beauty of Rancho Palos Verdes’s cliffsides followed by some drinks at House of Hayden in Downtown Long Beach. Their spooky Halloween-esque vibes would act as good contrast for when we get Dango in Little Tokyo. I would recommend going to the Museum of Death but having been there once recently, I’ve decided once is enough for me.
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 first got into photography as a hobby in 2011 using a point-and-shoot camera which I really enjoyed. Once my skills grew a bit I landed a job as a studio photographer/editor where I learned a tremendous amount and was introduced to professional-grade cameras. I was in a creative environment and was able to collaborate with coworkers who held similar interests. I’m so grateful for everything they have taught me. Special shout out to Danielle and Mishelle, I love you guys!