Featured Explorer: Madi Barker, Photographer
1 - Tell me about what type of creative you are?
I am definitely a photographer. I love looking at a moment in time and capturing it in a way that is uniquely me. That moment can never be recreated or repurposed (even if someone stood in that very same place)- it is fleeting and that is what I love about creating through photography.
2 - What inspires you to be creative?
Experiencing nature through hiking and camping; listening to music that inspires me and honestly, looking through my past pictures, journals, and paintings. Ironically, being nostalgic often makes me want to create something new!
3 - What books are you currently reading that you would recommend?
I’m a complete Anthropology nerd… So right now I am reading Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson. It is not a light read. I won’t lie, but it is a brilliant book on nationalism and how people live and die for nations.
4 - What is one tool you would recommend someone having to make them more creative?
I wouldn’t necessarily call this a tool but I would say remember what inspires you to create. We all have times where we feel forced to create or don’t feel that intangible satisfaction after creating something. It is in those times where we learn the most about ourselves. Never forget why you create (anything) in the first place! Follow your passion and keep on creating!
5 - What is your favorite creative project you have ever worked on?
Creating a photo series for a black and white film photography class in college. I had no idea what I wanted to capture in less than four frames. However, I went to a horse rescue that I had recently connected with and was inspired to capture their story. It challenged me in more ways than I could ever imagine but I still to this day love how the prints came out and the story they tell.