The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Bri Lamkin: Bri Lamkin, 25, Freelance Photographer
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
BL: I try and keep up with my collage art. I have been creating in that way off and on since I was a teenager. But I've really immersed myself in it this last year. It allows me to get a little quirky and weird. I don't have to worry about rules and it gives me a little more freedom of expression. I've found it inspires my personal photography. I've been pulling a lot of self portraits lately because that's currently what I have on hand to shoot. I think those self portraits get a lot of inspiration from my collages, and vice versa.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
BL: Absolutely. It's actually caused me to pull back from client work in general. I've always given greater focus to my personal work. I'd rather have that be my main output than the typical client work i.e. weddings, families, etc. I don't really have the right personality for that work, unfortunately. It was difficult to come to terms with that and still feel confident in calling myself an artist and photographer. I've allowed myself more freedom by accepting that side of my work. I've been able to be very selective of the work I do take on and have plenty of time for my own ideas.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
BL: I have always been a morning person. The beginning of the day has so much potential and promise. It's definitely when I'm most inspired and productive.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
BL: My creative mind has been stunted by depression and anxiety for several years now. I recently sought professional help ad I'm finally coming out of the haze that is debilitating mental illness. It's nice when you actually have the energy to be creative and the space in your brain for new ideas instead of all that social anxiety. I have a lot of time to make up for and things I need to say. I am excited to be able to get back to my old self and make things I am proud of.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
BL: I've been putting a lot of energy into my collage work. I'm still incredibly inspired by it and I plan to carry that as long as I can. Where my photography is concerned, I've been feeling the need to capture glimpses: small moments and small scenes in everyday life. I'm currently moving slowly through a roll of film (Mamiya C330) hoping to create a collection of these glimpses.
TCU: What scares you?
BL: Most social situations, and mice of any kind.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
BL: I think it comes down to not giving up. Not to say that giving up isn't the right answer sometimes, because it can be. But I think if you are still trying at something and it's fulfilling you, that's success.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
BL: Be honest in what you do.