Samantha Sealy is a 23 year old photographer, from Norwich, Connecticut. I find her photos compelling in their surreal composure and slightly eerie nature. Chills in all the right places.
What do you shoot with?
Mainly I shoot with a Minolta XE-7, Pentax ME Super Se, Polaroid One Step, and Fujifilm Instax 210.
How long have you been taking photographs?
I’ve been taking photographs since I was 12, so about 11 years.
What inspires you the most?
I’m mostly inspired by things that aren’t real. The way the world looks in a nightmare or a dream. The way the sky looks in a video game. I like things that don’t exist.
What’s your favourite thing to take photos of?
Landscape is my favourite. You don’t have to (but you can) connect with a landscape to take photographs of it the way you do with people. But for me, it’s just easier to connect and be comfortable with nature so it’s what I enjoy the most.
If you couldn’t take photos, what would you do instead?
I would be involved with astronomy somehow. Whether an astronaut or an astrobiologist, I’m not sure. I’ve always been very interested in what’s beyond our galaxy and I’d love to discover new systems and constellations and stars. And I just really like it on an aesthetic level, I’d love to own one of those telescopes that you can use for astrophotography.
What are you plans for the future?
I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I hope to be a fine art photographer but from a financial stand point I’m unsure if that is possible for me at this point.
What is it that you enjoy about photography?
The best part about photography is that I enjoy it. It’s something that makes me feel good and it’s one of the only times where I’m not filled with stressful thoughts or consumed with negative feelings. It isn’t a release for me so much as a state of mind I don’t often have. And sometimes I feel that it’s the only thing people really like about me anymore.
What motivates you?
Fear is my biggest motivation. Fear that I can’t do anything else because I’m not good at anything else. I’m afraid of failing and becoming another “starving artist” story or another person who majored in art and then ended up in a job they loathe because life happened and they had to feed themselves. I just don’t want this to be another life long regret in the end.