Daisy Noemi Talks Inspiration, From Art to Photography
By: Tricia Callahan
Daisy Noemi found some time to talk with No Apologies about her artistic ventures, which are both relevant and mesmerizing. She was kind enough to share one of her photographs for our October issue and detailed for us how she goes about composing her works.
Did you attend a school for art/illustration/photography? If so, where? Is there a particular professor that really encouraged and motivated you?
I consider myself to be a late bloomer into the art/photography world so I am self-taught (mostly). I do a lot of reading and research and practice to improve and/or expand my techniques! I did take a couple of drawing classes at San Diego City College and complete the commercial photography program in Santa Monica College. My instructor, Josh Sanseri, who is also a working photographer, has pushed me through my creative slumps! I definitely consider him a mentor and a vital element in my photographic pursuits and successes.
When you are looking to create, whether it is the composition of a photograph, painting or illustration, what would you say is your main source of inspiration?
I have a small notebook I carry with me all the time that contains elements/themes that I use in my work consistently which are: flowers (represent growth, nurture, nature), eyes (represent perception), balance (represented by a triangle), protection (represented by a circle), hands (represents expression, creation, destruction) and the colors red and blue, which are polar opposites. In turn, I am constantly inspired by the subtleties within these themes and of course, by discussions, agreements, and well, life.
The foundation of my work is to create a connection within you, where you subconsciously (or maybe consciously) de-layer all your rough edges in order to reach a state of complete mindfulness and realization that you are not alone, even at your loneliest (physically speaking). When you realize that there are people feeling the same feelings as you, thinking the same thoughts as you, doubting the same doubts as you you think—Fuck, I AM okay!
What has been your most memorable adventure while trying to capture something on film?
I love every moment of my adventures! I don’t know if I can pick just one!
Of all of your artistic ventures (Zines, Art, Photography) do you have a favorite?
Right now it’s haletant. It’s my current favorite zine because I really enjoy being a means to an end for other photographers. I want to help them voice their vision. I know it can be difficult when you’re first starting photography to exhibit your work to any degree. All we need is a little push, which I’m glad to give!
Photography wise, I’m really enjoying developing my nature/flower series. I hope to turn it into a book soon. Keep your peepers peeled!
Art wise, I’m working on a watercolor series of women where I’m integrating collage-like elements, which is a first for me. I don’t know if it’s my favorite yet but I’m enjoying working on it.
I saw that you recently attended Echo Park Rising (your table set up was adorable, by the way). How was that experience? Would you recommend it?
Echo Park Rising was an incredible time! It really is wonderful to meet new people and share experiences! Of course I would recommend it.
A Few Fun Questions
What is your favorite type of camera?
I love shooting on a 4×5. It’s like nothing else!
Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names?
Yes, I have a cat named Mochi whom I saved from the shelter three years ago. She’s pretty fluffy and adorable.
What is your favorite band/album/song?
Ahhhh, this is always such a difficult question for me because I enjoy all kinds of music. Let’s see, right now I’m currently listening to a lot of The 6ths, The Field Mice and Bleached.
Thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed for No Apologies. I sincerely appreciate it!
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