Alyssa Beers

Artist Statement

I am a photographer. Most of my work is inspired by the world around me and where my eyes are drawn. I photograph a lot of nature, family and close friends. My work says a lot about who I am as a person, I want to inspire people and show them that there are so many different perspectives to be seen. As we see things in a different way it can better your character and help you grow as a human being.

I started taking photos when I was 13  or 14 on an iPod, they were always of my best friend at the time or flowers. I kept snapping and ended up falling in love with the idea that I could so easily capture a moment. I then attended a career and technical center for commercial and advertising art where I learned how to take photos that were “correct.” I kept at it for a few years and got a lot better. I learned the rule of thirds along with how to use an actual camera. I learned the settings and which lens was best for any situation. Although the school had minimal funding, the teacher always managed to help me the best he could. After I got my own camera I lost a little bit of my enthusiasm. I quit taking photos for a little over two months. I'm not sure why it happened since I had such love for this art form. Photography gives me feelings I can't explain. It’s like a burst of happiness when I get the photos I want, or when I get a vision of something that peeks my interest. It’s just something I can call my own and share with other people. These are the moments I live for and the ones you don't know what you'd do without. Even with how cheesy that sounds, I like to think it’s the truth.

The world around me is my biggest inspiration. I love the idea of getting to see the world and experience the cultures of such amazing places. To see how things are outside of my life and capture them in photos. I'm also inspired by my mom and a few of my high school teachers. They both encourage me to work hard and constantly push me to be the best that I can be. If everyone thought the same way I'm sure there'd be a lot fewer problems in the world. However, that's sadly not the world we live in. I haven't been many places but I look forward to having the opportunities to view the world through my lens.

When I approach my work, I approach with high hopes and expectations. I push myself to be the best that I can be. I think by pushing myself, I get a lot of encouragement from my friends and family, and I believe it says a lot about my roots. My mom always used to say “when you want something you have to work for it, if it's just handed to you, you're never going to get anywhere in life.”  When I show photos to an audience I want them to feel like it's not just the photo, I want them to say “hey, that's the world we live in, I can see it through the photographer’s eyes". I want my audience to get the emotional feelings I get when taking each photograph. I want my work to do the talking. I would like it to say, "Lost in a world so big you don't know where to start? You're confused, overwhelmed? Well look and see a different perspective, a beautiful perspective." Without any of these questions, we would know nothing about the world around us. Nobody would actually have the curiosity to get out in this beautiful world in which we live and see what it actually has to offer. As a photographer, I can say the opportunities are endless.