Behind the Lens with PDX Photographer Audrey Rotermund
The intimate and raw nature of Audrey Rotermund’s photography has caught our attention. In addition to maintaining a stunning Instagram feed of her own, Audrey is one of the top photographic contributors for Portland Leather Goods. Her images remind us to slow down, breathe, and enjoy the beauty of everyday life. We sat down to chat with Audrey about PDX, photography, and more. Read on for the full interview.
MIP: How did you get started with photography?
It was apparent at a young age that a career in the photography industry was in my future. In 4th grade, I took home first place in a state wide art competition for photoshopping my sister’s face on our pet mastiff. The piece was titled “My Favorite Things”. Studying in Italy at Firenze Arti Visive solidified my passion. I had to make it a career, so I attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and graduated with a BFA emphasizing in slow lifestyle, editorial photography.
MIP: What are your biggest influences that can be seen in your work today?
Originally wanting to be a music photographer, I was drawn to Annie Lebowitz’s raw approach to her subjects. Wanting to sing along instead of shoot the concert, I began to experiment with my style, but kept the inspirational lyrics (from artists such as The National and Daughter) alive in my work. Instagram greatly influenced a shift in style – suddenly people were taking beautiful and unique images of everyday life and telling stories through a single square. I do not know if they can be seen in my work, but I am constantly influenced by Ryan Muirhead, Christian Watson, and Martina Matencio’s honest and raw approach to their work.
MIP: How has the Portland community reacted to your work?
New to the city, I have been humbled by the support and kind words Portland has sent out to me through clients, emails, and social media. I have been fortunate to have many opportunities to meet and work with the community, making me feel at home already. I look forward to building more friendships through my art and passion.
MIP: What are your favorite kinds of photographic equipment to use and why?
I will get a little cheesy here – but my favorite camera is the one you have on you. I am a full supporter of my iPhone – it is my everyday tool to create and document. When using a DSLR, I shoot with prime lenses, because I love the intimacy they present. If you want to get closer to what you are shooting, you have to physically get closer.
MIP: What are your favorite subjects or locations to shoot?
Emotion drives my work. In all my photographs, I strive to pull out the feelings of my subject (whether that be a person, an atmosphere, or a item) and thus often exposing my personal reaction to these emotions. In my personal work, I illustrate a sense intimacy and thoughtfulness, while studying the idea of relationships.
MIP: Which upcoming project are you most excited about?
Currently working with some fun clients that have pushed me toward more of a marketing role (which I love!!) has taken me a bit away from my photography. Truthfully, I have been lacking the motivation to create for passion rather than purpose, therefor I am searching for the next “exciting project.” With a trip to San Francisco in a few weeks, (simply because it will be good for my soul to be back in the bay and surround myself with some old friends) I hope to come back with the inspiration needed. I will let you know when I find it. 🙂