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The Narrative Society: Educator Interview with Chelsea Cronkrite

Most artists have a point in their life where they knew this was meant for them. Do you have that moment?

I’m not sure, I’ve always had a deep interest in any kind of art, music, architecture and World around me!

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Documenting our children’s lives is so important. What is your secret to not getting bored with your daily life?

I love watching my kids, they’re always changing – always growing! I really love sitting in the quiet and observing the genuine moments happening in front of me and try to learn to take in and treasure all the little things fully.

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If there was only one moment you could photograph for the rest of your days, what would it be?

Sitting in front of a window. It’s my favorite place, always has been – always will be.

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Personally I find more inspiration from things outside of photography. Where do you find inspiration most?

Outside of photography and my kids, I find inspiration in the weather most. It is another always changing and always so beautiful thing in life. And good to watch from the window too! ^^^

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We all go through periods of mental blocks. How do you push past times of not finding inspiration?

I push past mental blocks by getting outside, I love being outdoors with my family or by myself and walk around and discover what’s around us.

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Who in your life inspires your art the most?

 

My daughters inspire me most. My girls always find a way to keep things upbeat and surprisingly chaotic but in the best way possible!

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What inspires you more - light or movement?

I think light inspires me most – though movement does a lot for me in some of my images, I think light is the most determining factor for me when creating an image or finding a special place!

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Documentary and lifestyle photography are different to some. How would you define them?

In my opinion..

– Documentary photography is trying to remember a certain time, a certain place, and moment for a particular reason whether it is premeditated or not, in my opinion it is still the process of documenting these things which creates a documentary photograph.

– Lifestyle photography is when you are trying to accomplish a certain image with posing, outfits, location and sometimes even lighting just to achieve a certain style of image. Lifestyle images are always premeditated.

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Would you rather continue with your life or restart it?

I would totally rather just continuing my life. The last time I thought of a restart I was probably 15!! I love my kids, my home, and my life – wouldn’t change it a bit!

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Would you rather reverse one decision you make every day or be able to stop time for 10 seconds every day?

I would love to be able to stop time for 10 seconds every day, I have always thought the idea of stopping time would be more than fun! I am a natural prankster!

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Would you rather never be able to speak again or always have to say everything that is on your mind?

I think I already do a pretty darn good job of saying what’s always on my mind, but just in case I don’t – I choose that option. Always speaking what’s on my mind.

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Would you rather have no internet or no cell phone?

NO INTERNET. I have always been ok without it. No cell phone would be hard!

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Would you rather lose the ability to use GPS for the rest of your life or lose the ability to use a debit or credit card?

I currently function on an all cash basis. I know it sounds crazy but unless I have it in my hands, it’s hard for me to grasp. I would totally be ok without the use of debit and credit cards!

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Would you rather have eyes that can film everything or ears that can record everything?

This is a hard one for me, I think eyes that can film everything.

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Would you rather have unlimited storage space on your iPhone or unlimited storage space in real-life?

I would say unlimited space in real life!! LOL!! I am a collector of way too many things!!

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Would you rather walk the Great Wall of China or Amazon River?

I’d totally rather walk the Great Wall! My mother took a trip there when I was a small girl, she brought back images from her journey and I have always wanted to go!

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Would you rather win an Academy Award or an Olympic Gold Medal?

I would love to win an Academy Award, it probably doesn’t come with as much fame and glory but to be known for something artistic.

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Would you rather be fabulously famous and poor or unknown and rich?

Unknown and rich. Rich in life and love and adventure. <3

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