Callie Mills • Los Angeles
Please introduce yourself: what’s your name, where are you from, what do you do?
My name is Callie Mills. I grew up just outside of Madison, Wisconsin in a very small town called Mount Horeb. When I was a kid I traveled across the midwest with my parents in their comedy and juggling show. Sometimes I juggled with them in the show. It was then I realized I wanted to work in entertainment, so when I graduated high school I attended college for Radio/TV/Film and Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and graduated in 2012. I moved to Los Angeles five years ago to pursue tv writing, and I currently work in social media and marketing.
What is your relationship with photography? How did you get into it & and what keeps you interested/ motivated?
Moving from the countryside of Wisconsin to the city of Los Angeles was a big change for me. While getting to know my neighborhood in Los Angeles, my boyfriend and I would go on “photo walks” where we’d walk around and take pictures. I came across urban landscape photography and was very drawn to it. As I began to dedicate more and more of my free time to photography, I looked at the work of famous photographers and was particularly drawn to the work of Stephen Shore and William Eggleston. I also used Instagram as a way to discover new photographers – both seasoned pros and those who were just starting out like me.
A little over a year ago, my mom gave me a camera for my birthday – a Leica V-LUX. Since then, I have continued to work on my photography while getting to know my camera. As far as motivation, sometimes I’ll spend a few hours taking photos and not feel inspired at all, and other days I’ll come home with a few shots I’m really excited about.
What keeps me motivated is looking at the work of photographers I admire and finding new ones to draw inspiration from. Trying a new composition or finding new and different locations in Los Angeles or wherever I am always make me feel more motivated to take pictures.
What are you currently working on, and – if there is – what is your next project/ journey?
Film photography is my next challenge. I also want to continue to develop my photography skills and keep trying new things.