WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Veronica An and I am a photographer and writer.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? WHO IS YOUR MUSE?
I’m inspired daily by small things like noticing the way the leaves make a pattern on the sidewalk and appreciating the way people are clumped together at a bus stop.
WHO IS/ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST/S?
Wassily Kandinsky, the father of Abstract Expressionism, is my favorite painter because I connect with his work. I appreciate his emotional use of color and shapes and the feeling of harmony I get when looking at his work.
WHAT DO YOU ASPIRE TO DO WITH YOUR WORK?
I want to inspire people to see the world differently. Whether it’s taking a moment to acknowledge all the work that went into a dessert or consider the city from a different perspective, I see my work as accentuating what is already there.
I started photography as an accompaniment to journalism and then realized that I enjoyed telling stories visually as well as in words. Photography soon a separate medium of expression for me.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT CREATIVE DAY.
I always enjoy discovering new places and documenting what I see with photos. My perfect creative day would include new sights and freedom to explore.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The Refugees by Viet Thahn Nguyen. Fun fact: I interviewed him after he published his first book, The Sympathizer, which won a Pulitzer Prize.
WHAT WAS THE LAST ALBUM/SONG YOU LISTENED TO? WHAT IS ON CONSTANT ROTATION?
My musical tastes are pretty eclectic and vary with my mood. I’m currently listening to “To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra. I’m a big fan of oldies because I grew up listening to them so I can't go too long without listening to The Beach Boys.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
I’m doing a fun project with a little toy dinosaur, named Alfred, posed with different everyday objects. It’s a fun exercise in perspective and macro photography - cookies can become mountains and shoelaces are landscapes.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU?
I want to continue with my current projects and expand my portfolio to include more idea-driven photo essays From Here to There, which shared the story of riding the Metro buses for a day.