Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists and today marks the first weekly artist feature on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
We've skewed towards the musical arts the last couple weeks, as we ramp up for Upstream Music Fest! But now we're taking it back to one of our (personally) favorite forms of art - photography. Heck, it's more than half the reason this site is alive, right? Thanks to talented people like Devin Atsatt, who share their gifts with the world.
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Devin Atsatt: I have been creating with various mediums for as long as I can remember. I discovered photography as a platform for my creative process about four years ago. I have tried several other expressive outlets such as drawing and painting, but I am most passionate about photography.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
Photography has allowed me to see the world in different ways: anywhere I go I am always looking for a new and creative way to capture the emotion and character of a certain environment. I strive to capture the complexity of my surroundings in a way that transports viewers into my own experience of it. My absolute favorite thing is to capture the beauty of nature, so I guess my artistic process is to first find a location that will provide a canvas for nature to do its work. Once I have chosen a location, I then look to see what the weather is going to be. If the weather looks good, I grab my gear, hop in my car, and head out! I am always prepared to go on an adventure. For me photography works in two parts, the actual shooting and then the post work. Both sides are a lot of fun and allow for so much creative expression. I use Light room exclusively to edit all of my photos, with a goal to create art that represents how I felt as I was shooting it.
Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
Much of my inspiration comes from other artists and photographers. Looking at the work of others always pushes me to try new things and improve my own work. However, nature and God’s amazing creation is where I find most of my inspiration. I find it fascinating that no two moments are alike. It is the idea that I have the ability to capture these fleeting moments that keeps me inspired.
Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
I would say that my “beat” is nature landscapes. Although I love to experiment with all areas of photography, my true love is nature and adventure photography.
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
One of the reasons I love photography is the fact that each photo contains a different story. I can tell you exactly where I was, what I was doing, and who I was with from any photo I have taken. So each photo has its own special meaning to me.
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Traveling has affected my photography the most. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many amazing places around the world, and because of that I have gotten to capture some beautiful places. I love the fact that I am able to share my experiences around the world through my photography. Everywhere I go, I meet new people who shape the way that I see the world. I am continuously inspired by these new experiences, and allow them to mold who I am as a photographer.
If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
To see my work you can visit my website atsatt.smugmug.com and if you want to stay up to date with the latest you can check me out on Instagram @Dev_the_photogdawg
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I'm not sure what is next for me, hopefully more opportunities like this to help get my work out there. I'm not currently working on any projects but I am always plugging away at my craft, trying to improve and inspire as much as I can.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee?
I am always game for a good cappuccino or cup of black coffee!