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Conversations with Emily Adolph

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Adolph.

Hi Emily, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Yes, thank you. I am so excited to be here! When I was a young girl I would get lost looking through old black and white family photo albums. There was something mesmerizing and intriguing about experiencing moments that were trapped in time. I would sit for hours just wandering through the photos and learning about family members that had long gone.

I loved looking at their outfits, viewing their locations, and learning about who they were. I could feel the energy of the photograph as if I had taken a step back in time. It was quite fun letting my imagination run wild with thoughts and ideas about the photograph come to life. When I was a teenager, I had a fascination with fashion magazines and modeling. I think at that time, there was this part of me that dreamt about being the cover girl, or even inside the pages. I was obsessed with poses, clothes, hair, and makeup. All of it.

I also found myself taking photos with our family’s 35mm camera. I would capture random people, places, and thing’s. I just loved the camera and capturing moments in time.

It was in my late 20s that I started my journey as a freelance photographer. I would photograph family and friends, as well as random objects, just to get used to the digital camera. From there, I built up my portfolio to include a variety of things, but nature is my favorite to photograph. There’s something magical about capturing the world around us.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I don’t think anything in life is a smooth road. I also don’t think it should be. It’s how we learn, develop and grow. Plus, nothing of this earth is entirely smooth, there are always bumps along the way.

One of those for me and my photography journey was feeling comfortable photographing people. I’m my own worst critic when it comes to my art, and photographing other people meant I’m open to a lot of criticism. Especially if I don’t do a good job with their photographs.

So that was and still is, a challenging place for me to be.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a freelance photographer. It’s my hobby. I do it for my own personal connection with the world around me, and I love finding ways to capture moments in time.

For me, I’ve always loved observing the little things. Like the tiny fibrous hairs found on the stem of a plant, or a raindrop cascading on the petal of a flower. It’s truly the little things that stand out the most to me.

The moments that most likely go unnoticed by a passerby. To them, they just see a plant. To me, I see the entire system of the plant.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
Looking back, I have to say that all the moments of my life are my favorite because they created who I am today. Sure, that may sound silly to say, but it’s true. I don’t have just one solidified memory. I truly love the experiences that every moment brought me. They each provided value; even the not-so-fun memories. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them.

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1 Comment

  1. Jen Hollingsworrh

    November 6, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Love the mission of VoyageBaltimore, beautiful lady, beautiful soul and beautiful artwork Emily❤

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