“Megan Woods is a convergent media major
and photography minor at Morehead State University, whose work is generally
experimental - focusing on a combination of principles such as light and
shadow, as well as experimental film processing. She is currently focusing her
work on experimental processes. Woods recently displayed her work in the 2019
University Open at LexArts in Lexington Ky, the 2019 Morehead State University
juried Spring Showcase at the Rowan County Arts Center in Morehead, Ky, the 2018
Morehead State University juried Student Art Exhibition at the Gateway Regional
Arts Center in Mt. Sterling, Ky.”
What is your name? How old are you? And, where are you from? In
your own words, what do you do?
My name is Megan Woods. I am 22
years old and am from San Diego, CA and currently live in Kentucky. I am
currently a convergent media major and photography minor at Morehead State
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because
photography is something that I live for. Without it, I wouldn’t really know
what do to, as was the case before I started it. I want other people to see my
work and love it, of course. But I do it for me. If people don’t like it, oh
well. I do and that’s really all that matters to me.
What is integral to your practice?
Something that is integral to
my practice I would say is just finding beauty in things that most other people
overlook. My work often tends to be soothing to my audience. I like simplicity.
I came to like pinhole due to a
project I had in an alternative process class. We were required to make one
small pinhole for 4x5 images or smaller and one big one for 8x10 images or
larger. I am busy with other projects now, but plan to keep pursuing pinhole in
my spare time.
Are there any particular themes you pursue with your practice?
I love abstractions, nature, and animals. It just depends on
what I feel like at the time. But it primarily revolves around abstractions and
Has your practice changed over time? If so, how?
I am kind of all over the place. I do digital, film and
alternative processes. I lean more towards the analogue side of things rather
than digital, however. It started out as being digital though. I feel that I
connect with my work a lot more when I use film or an alternative process
rather than with my digital camera. I love the feeling of curiosity and wonder
they give you. It’ not really something that I get with digital. I love seeing
the happy little surprises. It often times leads to my best work.
Is there a specific piece you’re especially proud of? And why?
There’s a few pieces of mine that I especially like, so it’s
hard to pick one. But there is a diptych photogram that I did recently that I
am particularly proud of.
From whom do you draw the most inspiration?
I draw the most inspiration from my photography professor, Dr.
Robyn Moore. She has taught me a lot in terms of how to become a better
photographer. She also has really helped me see photography in a way that I
didn’t before, by making me think of it on a physiological level.
What is your dream project?
My dream project would probably
be to travel the world and take pictures of animals in the wild and capture
them in such a way that it makes my audience connect to them on a physiological
level, and create them as salted paper prints.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The best advice I’ve been given
is to just pursue whatever it is I want to do. When I first started photography
I was really worried because people always say “you won’t make any money”. But
I’ve learned that I need to ignore it and just do me. If I don’t end up making any
money when I graduate, oh well. At least I am doing what I enjoy most.