Layla Love

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My heART

 

 

We often moved when I was growing up.  My mother gifted me my first little camera at seven years old, and ever since, I have taken photographs of people &  places I love as a way to hold onto those moments that were worthy of immortalizing.

At twelve years old, I found a mentor to teach me how to develop film and print images. I began immersing myself in the darkroom - it is still one of my favorite places.

 

I have since had the honor of partaking in world-renowned art shows, such as Paris Photo, Basel, and AiPAD.

Through serendipity combined with years of pouring myself into my art, I have showcased alongside artists such as Picasso, Warhol, and Basquiat. Seeing my art hung alongside Henri Cartier-Bresson - who brought us the Decisive Moment- was a dream come true.

[Made possible by Eric Franck Fine Arts in London.] 

We Are Never the
Same Person Twice

 

I find inspiration through living in diverse environments- those that teach me about rewilding, learning to walk with confidence, alone by the light of the moon.  From that stillness, I return to the bustling metropolis, the marble jungles. I explore paradox and juxtapositions.  I seek that which resonates. 

Bridging the tangible & intangible elements of existence is what interests me most. I find it compelling when I am lost for words. There are things I experience & yet cannot put into words. It is during these times when the cat's got my tongue that I turn to make art.

ps.

I fell in love with the camera in a time before photoshop when a photograph was the

equivalent to truth.

I ❤️ Creativity & Resonance 
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I studied Journalism and Visual Communications at Richmond American International University in London, a university whose motto was Unity in Diversity. 

In a course entitled Mind, Body & Identity, I learned about a photograph of a little girl, Kim Phuc Phan Thi, running naked from napalm in North Vietnam. I have never forgotten my teacher saying with great resolve that this image was paramount in breaking the war– by opening the people's hearts.

I have since witnessed many times that:

Art changes people & people change the world...

These human experiences bring me to my knees and often stay with me- guiding me toward how best to make my mark. Knowing that a shot from a camera can have more reach than a bullet from a gun, affirmed my desire to embrace the camera as a tool for freedom. 

Freedom

of expression

Is the essence of

Everything 

Worth

Living.

ox //layla