Featured Artist ||| Lauren Max (Seattle, WA) ||| Photography
Paint Pens in Purse’s newest featured artist is photographer, Lauren Max, from Seattle, Washington. I was drawn to her rich cinematic color schemes and her ability to capture qualities of freedom and wild beauty found both in people and the world around us.
Lauren grew up in Olympia, Washington and has a keen appreciation of the Northwestern landscape. Lauren attended Seattle Central’s Commercial photography program and uses film for all of her creative work, mostly 35mm and some medium format as well.
Lauren Max’s photographs from a recent trip to San Francisco, Big Sur, and along the Highway 101 will be on display at Derek Erdman’s new pop-up gallery, International House of Paintings, in Seattle. For more information and images please visit her website.
Some words from Lauren…
“I became obsessed with taking photographs around the age of 14, when I wanted to remember everything that was seemingly important, and realized that photography allowed me to do so. My mom gave me her old Canon A1 35mm camera, the same one she had taken photos of me with throughout my childhood, and I documented the people and things around me, suddenly finding my surroundings new and interesting once viewed through a lens.
When originating new work, I draw strongly on sense of place, looking to the Pacific Northwest’s geography, landmarks, and culture for inspiration, This diverse landscape is something that has always surrounded me, a place that I can always seek comfort in, as well as surprises. Hopelessly curious, I’m addicted to experimenting with new ideas each time I shoot. Often I approach a shoot with a loose vision yet remain open to new possibilities. I don’t know exactly the shot I want until I discover it in the moment.”
Article by, Paint Pens in Purses Founder, Shayna Yasuhara