We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara “De Tigre” Shewfelt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara “De Tigre”, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Giving myself grace is one of the hardest things to do when it comes to balance. Life can get really hard, and as adults and creators we are expected to persist in our work at a high level, even in moments and stretches that we feel depleted.
I have leaned heavily on community to seek out balance. I am generally a pretty private person, so sharing more and opening up to people I trust has made me feel more comfortable in myself and my art. I have felt so supported and affirmed by fellow artists and friends in the span of this last year, because I prioritized community more. I used to be fearful of sharing ideas or thoughts as they came to me, and creating a community that sees me fully has definitely helped me reach a balance in my own comfort to be more vulnerable.
I think about balance now as the ability to connect with myself and scan what I need at that time. It could look highly productive and filled with new ideas, or I may grant myself space to relax and unplug a bit. Balance to me is about connecting with and prioritizing your needs as they change. I only find myself more inspired and prepared to work when I allow room to realign with myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most passionate about capturing people in their day to day moments or in their most authentic place. I work hard to connect with anyone I photograph, whether in a studio setting or while shooting street photography. I genuinely believe that everyone wants to be seen, appreciated and celebrated. I feel that photography is a medium with the unique ability to do that.
I feel very successful at this moment, because of the community I share and continue to seek out. I feel so embraced and appreciated by other artists I admire at this moment. That is bringing me peace and joy. Finding people you can connect with requires open mindedness, vulnerability and raw honesty. That isn’t always easy. I can be a very private and guarded person, so getting to this point pushed my comfort zones. I have learned that it is so important to ask for what you need and share with others what you want. These moments of vulnerability can lead to more opportunity, and for me have also helped me develop valuable relationships.
I think my desire to create safe spaces for the people I work with, long term or fleeting, enhances the images I make. If there is any takeaway I want those who work with me or want to work with me to have, it is that I wish to create images that come from safe, inclusive and collaborative spaces. I want everyone I work with to feel protected, seen and appreciated.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Depends on the friend of course! I’m gonna keep some LA secrets a secret for the people from here (you can still ask me though). Still, there are so many amazing spaces, events and collectives in LA to follow and check out. Personally, I love hiking and going outside, so I’d have to take them to Griffith Park for a good hike and Topanga for a beach day. There’s also so many hidden stairways in LA and book guides from them that are cool, gets you outside and walking the city. The museums in LA are great too, like The Underground Museum, or you can check what exhibitions are on display while you’re in town. There’s too many food spots to name, but I encourage you to check out the taco spot in your neighborhood. The littlest ones are the ones that really hit. Aside from that, I’ll say Same Same for the happy hour and chicken wings and Randy’s for donuts.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Noyenum Stansberry- firstname.lastname@example.org Sofala Mai- https://www.instagram.com/sofalamai/?hl=en
Danielle Boyd- https://www.instagram.com/daniellemboyd/?hl=en