Interview: Photographer Cassidy McAuliffe
A distinctive eye for detail luring the attention of Cassidy McAuliffe into the powerful and vast world of photography to discover her talent and passion in capturing moments and visually retelling the experiences down to the last detail.
What was it that first got you into photography?
It started with taking pictures of the little things I noticed or found beautiful like cream swirling in coffee, trees reflected in puddles or long shadows stretching across the walls. It was a creative outlet, but also a medium to show the little things I noticed that others may not.
How would you describe your vision and style?
My vision and style is grounded in being with nature. I feel a sense of awe and contentment when I spend time with the lakes and the land and I hope to express that through my work. I’m drawn toward rich earthy colours, contrast and landscape orientation. I like to show as much environment as possible, especially with portraits.
What does being a photographer mean to you?
To me, being a photographer means being a storyteller. I tell stories about being with nature, and the simple joy of the lakes and the land. My photography is an extension of myself, showing the way I see the world and where I exist within it.
What discourages you the most?
Sometimes I get caught up in comparing myself with others or improperly measuring the value of my work, and I get discouraged. That is when I know I’m focusing my energy in the wrong place. I take a step back, disconnect from social media and ground myself again with the true intention behind my photos.
How did you find what works for you?
By going out and shooting. I started to figure out what I was drawn to, when and where I like to shoot, and what my goals were… but I would say I’m still figuring it out.
What have you learned from other photographers?
Oh, I have learned heaps from other photographer, from the technical to philosophical aspects. I’ve learnt a lot from watching how other photographers shoot or edit their photos, it’s very insightful to hear their thought process.
What inspires you the most?
I have to say being on or near the water. Being from Northern Ontario, I’ve grown up going to lake, it’s familiar and healing.
What is your all time favourite quote?
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” — Gary Snyder
What would you like to see come out of your photography?
Ultimately, I hope my photography connects people with nature and fosters respect. I’m still figuring out how to do this — I’d like to use my photography as a tool to create environmental stewardship and go beyond #adventure. I need to change the narrative surrounding my images and reframe the environment, as it is not separate from us.
What was your last shoot like?
My last shoot was very lovely. I shot portraits of a woman who liked and aligned with my style and philosophy. We walked a muddy but beautiful trail in the evening and I took her photo among the trees. We also crossed paths with a husky, which was wonderful.