Behind The Lens Of A Local Photographer

Sarah Lyon.

The easiest way for me to become involved in our local art scene was to purchase art from local artists! Supporting our local art community is something I’m compassionate about, and it gives me a greater sense of community.
I caught up with local photography artist Sarah Lyon, who’s traveled across the country to capture incredible imagery – images your eyes are drawn to because of the pure beauty or quirkiness. Below, you’ll find out where she finds her inspiration and how she stays creative.

Lori Kommor: When did you realize you had a passion for photography?
Sarah Lyon: When I was in high school I found my dad’s old Canon AE1 camera and taught myself how to use it. In college it became a tool to document my life as an activist and musician. When I learned how to print my own photographs in the darkroom, I fell in love with the technical aspects of photography.

LK: Who are some of your favorite artists and why?
SL: My favorite artists are my friends and peers who are currently making artwork and music. I am constantly inspired by what the people around me in Louisville accomplish creatively. Keeping in touch with friends who live in different parts of the country and following their artistic paths is also important.

LK: Who has influenced you as an artist?
SL: Leonard Stivers, a motorcycle mechanic at Magnum Cycles on Dixie Highway. He gave me my first medium format camera, a Hasselblad SWC, with the instructions that I was never allowed to sell it to anyone else. The Hasselblad has remained my principle camera for the past ten years. Leonard taught me a lot about working on old motorcycles, which helped give me the confidence to take the cross-country trips that many of my photography projects have revolved around.

LK: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
SL: Figuring out how to not have a “real” job.

LK: Life is full of ups and downs, what are some of yours as an artist?
SL: Worrying that I should probably get a “real” job.

LK: When you’re not in the studio working, what are some of your hobbies?
SL: Yoga, running, bicycling, hiking at Scott’s Gap in the Jefferson Memorial Forest.  I also play guitar and bass in a band called The Ritchie White Orchestra.

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