We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Eunoia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks has always played a considerable role throughout the course of my life. When facing situations with an uncertain outcome, the trust and fear within has deeply strengthened my vision and desire to create. From early on it was apparent to me that comfortability can often inhibit progress and growth. Being an artist and an adventurous spirit, I aim to never hold the burden of “what if’s” but rather to keep an open mind and live my life to the fullest extent. Finding myself in situations where there is no choice but to trust in myself has always been a constant. At age 3, I begged my parents to take the training wheels off of my bike without any proper teaching. Reaching the bottom of that big hill all on my own instilled the realization that inherently we all know what we are doing in this life; It’s just a matter of having the confidence to trust in our own process. With certain experiences over the years it has been an absolute gift to harness this energy only to put it back into my career as an artist, environmental enthusiast and an entrepreneur. This channel I’ve deliberately cultivated has allowed me to create from a sense of purpose and passion while overcoming many fears and learning along the way. Along with risk comes probable chance of loss, and on the other hand a reward that is worth the uncertainty. As comfortable as a 9-5 job sounds, it has never appealed to me as I’ve always known it wouldn’t satisfy my endless desire to push my boundaries and create the non existent. Keeping this in mind, paving a path of my very own was the only other option. Not finishing a college degree, starting my own photography business at 17 and leaving everything behind to move out of the country at 19 was going against the grain of society. Those were the challenges absolutely needed for me to thrive in my craft and live up to my accomplishments. Fortunately this passion has also allowed me to successfully run my photography business, travel the world, have work published throughout many countries and publications and work with likeminded people daily. Most importantly I’m able to make art for myself, for others and for a living. The sacrifices made and the willingness to put myself out there has proven to show how much being a creator means to me; even the prospect of failing couldn’t falter that ambition.
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.
Over the years I’ve thoughtfully curated a series of visuals. The idea behind my work is to blend the importance of global sustainability while portraying resilience and vulnerability within humankind. Natural beauty has always inspired me, therefore I’ve prioritized celebrating culture and our planet through my imagery. Long ago I came across the rhetoric derived word Eunoia and it really resonated with my intentions. Eunoia means to think beautifully. It is the receptivity and basis for the ethical foundation of life. It seemed fitting as throughout my creative process I’ve always aimed to inspire others and capture intimate moments within boundless spaces. Photography is not only my career, but my outlet for self expression and voicing what I’m most passionate about as well. Because of this, my work can be quite personal at times. However, I’d like to believe that any viewer is able to take something away from my work. It could be enjoying simply for the sake of art appreciation, feeling beautiful within your own skin, or perhaps becoming more aware of climate change and the state of our planet. One thing I’m looking forward to is publishing a zine within the next few months. This will be a printed compilation containing some of my personal favorite photo work throughout the years. It’s one thing to see your own art on a screen, but to physically hold years worth of hard work in print is a dream.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles holds my interest for many reasons. Although cities rarely catch my attention, L.A seems to offer the best of both worlds. I’ve always been a lover of nature and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Most off days of mine are spent at the beach surfing or hiking in the mountains. However, it is also important for me to be immersed in a city full of character and endless things to do. Not to mention the chance to meet likeminded individuals to learn and grow from. Something I always look forward to is the Artists and Fleas market on Saturdays, especially the one in Venice. This flea market is full of unique artists, a sense of community, vintage clothing, handmade art and more. Farmers markets throughout the different neighborhoods in Los Angeles are absolutely beautiful too. Always overflowing with local fruits, veggies and other various homemade goodies. I also have a great appreciation for the sustainable restaurants with a mission beyond just serving food. There are so many places, that utilize ethical, local farmers within their own community. My Favorite is Great White, but this city certainly has its fair share of small businesses that embodies giving back. When imagining where I want to live within the next few years, I can’t think of anywhere but Los Angeles. The city is fairly progressive, it’s full of creativity and opportunity and I’m close to nature which inspires my art process beyond belief. 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?
Throughout my journey and pursuit as an artist I’ve been so fortunate to have endless support and encouragement through family and friends. Creativity ebbs and flows, so it’s beyond special to be surrounded by individuals that believe in your vision when you sometimes lose sight. When it comes to the art of making, ideas arrive in many different ways. For me it’s having worked with countless individuals that are wildly talented, open minded, passionate and unafraid to stand out. Those are the people I deliberately chose to share my time and energy with that have impacted my personal creative process. The main source of inspiration however is my sweet niece Ella. Having an opportunity to see the world through a 5 year olds perspective is not only refreshing, it is life changing. While adults (I’m guilty, too) are occupied with work, bills, relationships and so forth, Ella is busy recognizing beauty in even the smallest of moments. A proper reminder to not take myself so seriously but to enjoy every bit of the process. She is light, love and all things good. With a sense of curiosity and appreciation for everything and anything, she brings unconditional joy to those lucky enough to meet her. Not to mention her authenticity, completely unafraid to be herself. Not a moment spent with Ella goes by without learning something new. She carries so many wonderful traits and I’m looking forward to watching her evolve over the years. It’s because of her that I aspire to be the best possible version of myself, in general and throughout my art endeavors.