Featured Explorer: Hanna Wilson, Landscape Photographer
1 - Tell me about what type of creative you are?
I am a landscape photographer. I enjoy capturing scenes that most people don’t realize surround them. After months of studying astronomy, I’ve also developed an interest in astrophotography, which is photographing a night time landscape with a backdrop of infinite stars. So while others pack up their gear after the sun sets, I stick around for several more hours waiting for the perfect shot.
2 - What inspires you to be creative?
My desire to document my daily life and my travels inspire me to be creative. I strive to find the beauty in every place I visit, and I capture it with my camera to share this beauty with the world.
3 - What books are you currently reading that you would recommend?
I’m currently reading Love Does by Bob Goff. I’ve been able to relate to each chapter and story Bob tells, and I’ve been able to apply many of the principles to my daily life. My favorite quote from the book is: “I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”
4 - What is one tool you would recommend someone having to make them more creative?
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always carried a journal with me. I write about my surroundings, new ideas, and daily encounters. Being able to remember these things allows me to revisit past ideas and experiences to incorporate them into the art that I create.
5 - What is your favorite creative project you have ever worked on?
I’m currently a Commercial Photography major at Appalachian State, so I enjoy most projects I’m assigned in my photography classes. However, a recent favorite would have to be “Luminous Landscape.” The assignment required a nighttime landscape to be lit with some type of light. I chose to do steel wool photography on different areas of the parkway, which is where steel wool is placed in a whisk, set on fire, and spun around in circles. This method allows you to make shapes of orange sparks, resulting in a uniquely lit photograph.