Megan Mack

Feb 14th, 2017

Megan Mack

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Santa Monica native Megan Mack grew up with a lasting awareness of the socio-cultural power of the film industry. She turned to photography at a young age as a way to find meaning in an already image-saturated market and bring her own vision to life. After graduating from Art Center College of Design, she began to focus on commercial portraiture where she brings a deep and subtle introspection. In her dream life she would like to care for sloths and travel the world documenting people and the environment that shapes them. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Tell us about the images that we’re featuring?

This collection of work is just a random assembling of images that I still like and am attached to. I think image making in this day and age challenges you to become more detached and a harsher critic to your own images, so the ones I like after years are the ones that stick- it’s hard for me to like my new work right away.

(how) does social media affect you and your art?

Really I should be better at social media overall. Personally I dislike using instagram for my creative work, I like posting dumb pics or pics of things I think are interesting. I think instagram and facebook are great tools, but I don’t think I know how to really harness their power in money making or creative ways.

What are you working on right now?

Currently I am working on a video project I shot in LA with an actress friend of mine and a nude, self-portrait series.

Do your parents like your work?

They do. I’m lucky to have extremely supportive parents. Even with shooting myself or others nude they don’t even bat an eyelash.

How do you determine if a work has been a success?

I think as long as I feel good about the shoot it’s a success. It’s not about the likes, or even if the client or subject is happy (ideal, but not always)…really to me it’s about how I feel I connected with the subject and if I was able to capture a real and raw image that will invoke thought or any sort of feeling.

What other forms of art inform your work?

I am influenced by film and painting, being aware of light and how to use it to your advantage to enhance the mood. Other artists that I collaborate with also help. It’s really easy to get stale or feel depleted creatively in this saturated, image-obsessed society we live in.

What was the worst reaction you have had to your work?

That’s hard- I wish people were more harsh or critical. Maybe it means I haven’t pushed my work far enough yet, since there hasn’t really been that many negative reactions.