Based in Los Angeles, Kayla Varley is a photographer with a portfolio of stunning images. Kayla’s imagery provokes a sense of energy within her subject matter. In the following interview, I talk with Kayla about her passion for photography.
How did you discover photography?
I became fascinated with photography when my father gave me a camera when I was 13- he taught me everything I know. I became obsessed, creating images completely consumed me when I was growing up.
Did attending an art college help you with photography? How?
I went to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena- art school is great for understanding the basics of photography but I feel that real world experience is more important to figuring out how to make photography your career. Art Center prepared me for life as a photographer by forcing me to constantly create. I really believe that when I'm not creative I am letting myself down so I constantly push myself to create new work.
How does living in California benefit your career?
If I didn't live in California I don't think I would have had the opportunity to attend such an amazing school. I grew up in Bakersfield which is about two hours north of LA- I've just naturally had access to a world that most people don't at my age. The weather is nice and there are so many interesting people here to shoot.
What's the biggest challenge you've faced as a photographer?
I have to constantly remind myself to leave my comfort zone and always, always stay professional and courteous no matter the project or client.
Your images provide a garish array of tones, do you shoot with film? If so, why?
I don't know if I would call them 'garish' but yes I do shoot film but most of the time I'm shooting digital. I wish I could shoot more film but it's so expensive.
Any favourite places you go to for inspiration?
I like to get out in nature or drive in the middle of the night all over LA and blast music.
If you could give one piece of advice to a photographer, what would it be?
Be tenacious & gracious.
What are your favourite films?
Trainspotting, Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, Funny Games, etc.
What's your favourite food?
Where do you see yourself in 2 to 5 years?
I will be traveling and taking photos and loving life and learning always.
What do you hope to contribute with your work?
I hope that people can learn from me and relate to my experiences as a young woman. I hope that I can help people understand a little bit about themselves.