We had the good fortune of connecting with scarletarbor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi scarletarbor, what role has risk played in your life or career?
To risk, I believe one must be willing to find their own personal points of contention: what is “too much” vs what is “not enough”. How far ARE you willing to push yourself? Everything is a process and creative boundaries are only limited to the viewer’s perception. You must be confident with the choices presented to you, and then you must be confident with the decision made. I was told from an early age that when given an option, if it is not an absolute yes for you, then it is a no. As I’ve come to see it, everything is black and white, but there are plenty of shades of grey. How can you ever really see if you dont open your eyes? At the end of the day, you answer back to three things: your heart, your mind, and your gut. Choose wisely now, your actions may have consequences. We are all just fancy bags of meat, beaming with electricity. You can’t restrict something like that; and you cannot rush it. You can’t fight the flow. One doesn’t stifle a flame. For one to truly live, thy must be limitless. Ultimately I believe it comes down to this: one takes risk to burn a hole into the universe where they exist.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My first job, also my first taste of small business ownership, was working at my mother’s bookstore. Lots of interesting things with a colorful cast of characters. I spent large portions of my time getting lost amongst books and building visually appealing displays for the windows and showcases. As I grew into adulthood, pushed my limits with makeup. Kevyn Aucoin was my idol through that period, he will always be a magic man in my eyes. I worked for a well-known beauty brand at the mall, and eventually got my esthiology (science of skin) license. It was an great company and I loved that my job was to make people feel beautiful. By that time, the beauty industry was in the begining stages of what it has evolved to now. My aspirations now seemed unrealistic and far too out of reach. Time to switch gears. After that, I ended up working for a high volume retail chain. I learned an invaluable amount of skills while employed there, but it eventually burnt me out. I was taking a lot of road trips in my off time to escape. A particular shot from Sedona became really popular and shortly after that, a shot of an iridescent crack in the sidewalk went wild. Prior to the c-word taking over, I was doing events. The more obscure, the better. Never heard of it but sounds interesting enough? I’m there. I am always one for the scenic route and always surveying the land that lies ahead, I just seem to look a little closer than most. My art is probably best describes as a curated collection of all the random things I see, lined up in a way that my brain says makes sense. Sometimes there’s music. I don’t dive deep into editing. Compositry is an art all in itself but it is not a skill I possess. I may bring up exposure on a shot that’s too dark, maybe a small contrast boost if something is dull but I do try to keep the experience as authentic as possible. If there is something, it will be blatantly obvious (like adding a glitch over something I might not want you to know the location of, completely unnatural coloring, adding eyeballs to something when the mood strikes, etc). Lessons I’ve learned? This existence of ours is so incredibly short and I choose to fill it with goodness and the guiltiest of pleasures while the chance is given to me. I believe it is what we live for, the thrill of it all. Discovering that OCD is perfectly acceptable but not everything is going to be perfect. Dont be just one thing, be all the things. Lastly, if the ones closest to you aren’t supporting you, then they ain’t the ones for you baby.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It would depend on what the person of interest was into. Arizona is so diverse in scenery and culture, the opportunities are endless. Outdoorsy adventures are a must, love a good day trip. Car camping with deep desert stargazing. Or maybe you’d prefer a nondescript door down long alleyway and you have to know the password to enter. Then we can wander the city, perhaps with extra stars in our eyes, counting neon signs. Endless adventure awaits.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this to you, the reader, because if you’re reading this you have probably been watching what I have been doing in some way, shape, or form. Know that I see you and appreciate you as well. I thank you for giving me the confidence to wave my freaky little flag. You enjoying my weirdness feeds my fire. Truly because of you, I feel free to be me.
Art Credits: Ferris Wheel: “Bonus Round” by @glplicher The Sea Swing: by @ssippi & @damonjamesduke Doorway: “The Open House” by Keith Jones and Lee Henderson featuring Nous Procession @cirque_gitane All images © 2019-2020 scarletarbor