Artist's Story: Lupen Grainne

Meet artist Lupen Grainne. She's got an eye for photography that brings the beauty and mystery of nature to life. We caught up with this Framebridge featured artist to learn more about her art-making process, what inspires her, and her favorite subjects to shoot. 


What is your favorite creative tool? My favorite tool for photography would be my lenses that open up to to 1.8 or 2.0 fstop, I love the short depth of field. Online my favorite tool would be using layers in Photoshop to add texture to images sometimes for a kind of vintage look.

 

"I am so inspired by other photographers doing such creative, beautiful and meaningful work it keeps me going."

 

What inspires you? I have moments when I feel like I'm not really creating anything very new or interesting, and that's when I head over to my Flickr favorites page and it cures me every time. I am so inspired by other photographers doing such creative, beautiful and meaningful work it keeps me going.

Where is your favorite place to shoot? I'd have to say traveling and discovering new places everyday is when I'm most excited to be photographing, but making a living on photography hasn't afforded me to do a lot of that (yet) so my favorite place to shoot locally is at the beach, and if it is cloudy and misty all the better. 

 

"Traveling and discovering new places everyday is when I'm most excited to be photographing."

 

What sorts of subjects catch your eye? I love being a photographer because everything catches my eye! With my camera I can capture such a variety of things. I am mostly drawn to the ocean and open landscapes. I enjoy photographing things I have found on hikes and walks like seed pods and parts of plants things that are often unnoticed by the hurried lifestyle these days.

What do you think makes for a good shot? Good lighting is the number one thing, so those overcast slightly diffused days are so wonderful! Living in California where it is sunny and bright most of the year I have to get creative to go out in the evenings or mornings to get good light.

 

"Those overcast slightly diffused days are so wonderful."

 

Do you have a favorite piece? The photo I find myself over the years favoriting is a photo I took when I lived on Maui called "Kai Mana" (above, bottom left) of waves rolling into the shore. I get kind of drawn into it and mesmerized by the light and the motion.


Thanks, Lupen! Head over here to check out more of Lupen's gorgeous work.