Lori Vrba

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Lori Vrba (http://www.lorivrba.com/) is a self-taught, photo-based artist with a home studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Her imagery and assemblage is rooted in themes of memory, illusion, loss, and revival with the southern sensibilities of storytelling.  Her work is held in permanent and private collections through out the world.  Vrba has curated several exhibitions including Tribe for the Fox Talbot Museum in 2018.  Her first monograph The Moth Wing Diaries was named one of the top ten photo books of 2015 by American Photo Magazine.  She is co-founder of Pigs Fly Retreats.

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LACP Founder and Executive Director Julia Dean asks Lori Vrba ten questions about her background, career in and beliefs about photography

Julia Dean: What kind of photographer are you?

Lori Vrba: I am a photo-based story-teller.

JD: How long have you been shooting?

LV: I became focused as an artist twelve years ago when I moved to North Carolina.  I had been making photographs for all of my adult life but everything changed after the move.

JD: Where did you get your training?

LV: I am self-taught and I have wildly creative friends so I am always inspired and learning.

JD: When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?

LV: I suppose I knew it twelve years ago when I got serious but I re-examine that decision and recommit myself regularly.

JD: Did you ever come close to giving up?

LV:  More times than I could count.  Tenacity is everything.

JD: Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?

LV: Gosh I guess one could say I’ve sacrificed a massive amount of time I could have spent doing anything else. 

JD: What have you gained by being a photographer?

LV: A heightened sense of wonder for the world and rich relationships with fellow creatives who have shaped me as a human being.

JD: What classes do you teach at LACP?

LV  “s c e n e + h e r d”  Finding your place and tribe in the new landscape of a sustainable creative life.

JD: What do you love most about teaching?

LV: It forces me to organize my thoughts about the ideas I most care about so that I can hopefully do something significant for the greater good.

JD: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about making a career in photography?

LV: Don’t wait for someone to save you or make you.  Be an art warrior.  Protect your integrity and your work like a mama bear.  Lift others.