We had the good fortune of connecting with Burkley Page and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Burkley, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Doing something creative really seemed like the only option. I had thought about many different careers that I might like to do, but ultimately, the only thing I can think of that’s worth waking up everyday to work on is photography. It excites me more than anything else I have found. I think I also enjoy the uncertainty of a job that will not be the same every day.
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.
Art, for me, is all about pushing myself. Through college I worked on finding where boundaries were, and how I could approach them, and leave them. Some parts of this came easy. For example I took to self portraiture, and excelled because I had a lot of introspection from childhood to use as inspiration. Other parts were difficult. I’m a bit impatient, and tend to throw things away if they don’t work quickly. I got better at that by revisiting old work that never got used, and making it useful regardless of the original intention. I think an image always has a million ways to be presented, so if the first one doesn’t work, re-edit or re-shoot. You probably have something in there. If there was one thing I’d like people to take away from my work, it’s that art doesn’t have to be an exercise in perfection. The most important part of each artwork is how it makes your next work better.
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?
I’m a big fan of bodies of water, I’d say find someplace with a lot of water and not a lot of people, then sit and listen to it. That’s my most enjoyable way to spend time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people have helped me and continue to help me. My friends from college, namely Christin, Jen, Angelique, Jenna, Sam, and so many more. I think it’s also important to recognize my influences from photographers like Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, and Francesca Woodman, to poets like Ada Limon and Paige Lewis. One of Corita Kent’s rules for art is to “read everything you can get your hands on” and I really take that to heart. Music, movies, books, photos, advertisements, everything is worth looking at.
Jennifer Thayn Burkley Page