New York Photographer Laura Little
The paradise story
I’ve always been a “natural” at photography, it’s a gift that I just had, being able to get “the shot”
and understand framing and context. My love of movie watching and story telling combined with
a whatever goes type of personality just worked well for me. During the early years of picture taking
it was such a breeze taking photographs, it was like breathing… and then one day it wasn’t a breeze
it was a hassle. It was like the one thing that used to make me happy made me so unhappy, trying
to work with budgets on a shoe string, dealing with people that were so self absorbed, (who really cares
that the prada shoes haven’t arrived?!!) having to fight tooth and nail for everything, it was so exhausting I just said fuck it. I’m making money from the studio
I don’t need to take photographs. I put the camera down and focused on my bread and butter business.
Soon after that I became pregnant with my son, and all the creative energy that I might have had left was zapped - gone,
After Dario was born it was like I’d been knocked over the head with a hammer, I thought “what the fuck have I done, where
have i been?” .. and that was the inspiration behind the “paradise” show. My mission was to return to photography, no bells
and whistles, no client, just pure love. I needed to discover life through a lens again.
So I packed up my husband, my new baby, and my Canon G12 and headed to Mexico.
The mexico trip brought me back, I found bright yellows and pinks in the sun, aquas and greens
in the ocean, magical light on the islands water… shooting video of the water on the back of the boat
from the island of la isla mujeres was heaven for me. It was the “paradise” that I’d been missing in New York City.
A huge weight was lifted from me during that trip, and every time I visit the series of photos I feel re-energized.
I love all these images, for me they represent beauty with no strings attached.
The new york show I had with these images reaffirmed to me that my happiness through photography can
be a shared experience… to have people take home a print or connect emotionally with the art, you can’t put a price on that, its
invaluable. I have found my home again.
Check out her profile shot in NY