Laura Austin stumbled into photography as a way to share her experiences with others, as is the case for most people who pick up a camera for the first time. But now instead of just bringing her camera places, Laura’s camera has brought her places. With her insatiable appetite for travel, she spends a lot of time on the road, usually ending up in interesting locations with interesting people. Camera at her side at all times, Laura’s photos tend to be spontaneous documentation of travels. Laura’s goal is to inspire others to go out and experience the world for themselves.
WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR LANGLY?
Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-105mm 1:4L, Canon 70-200mm 2.8L, Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 15mm fisheye 2.8, Canon Speedlite 580 EXII, Panasonic Lumix GX1, & a Contax T2.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO EXPLORE?
I’ve become somewhat addicted to experiencing new things and places. Every time I do explore it seems to be eyeopening in one way or another. Also, after growing up in the mountains and now living in Los Angeles I feel the need to escape often just to get a breath of fresh air. And of course the opportunity to capture amazing images has become another motive for me to explore.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
This is sort of the cliché answer but I find inspiration in everything… From long solo drives where I really get time to just think, from creative and talented people around me, from observing nature, to scrolling though Instagram. Inspiration is everywhere, you just never know what might spark an idea.
FILM VS DIGITAL?
Oh the great debate. I know people who are so anti digital, and others who are so anti film. They definitely both have their advantages… the character of film, the ease of digital. But to me the content of the photo plays so much more of an important role than what you shot it with these days. I have seen INCREDIBLE photos taken with just an iPhone.
WHAT'S YOUR MOST MEMORABLE PHOTO?
So far it probably has to be the photo I took of my sister overlooking a glacier lake in Iceland… mostly because of the scenario that surrounded that moment. I will never forget the feeling of pulling over in our car, running out in the pouring rain, and climbing up a hill to reveal one of the most epic views I have ever seen… I literately started jumping up and down. It’s those moments when I am my happiest, and to share that with my family was incredible.