Artist in Focus: Rebecca Plotnick

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(courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.plotnick/)

Photographer Rebecca Plotnick has quite a résumé on our site (over 50 top pieces!). Featured as one of our most popular artists, her work takes her around the world from France, to Italy, and all the way back to NYC.

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(courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.plotnick/)

Before she heads back to the beautiful city of Paris, we caught up with her to ask her some questions on her work and inspiration.

What is your earliest art/photography memory?

My parents were building a house when I was about 5 years old and we were stuck in the builders office going over plans. To keep me occupied I tried making a camera.

What is your favorite piece on your UGallery portfolio?

The chandelier at the Hall of Mirrors. I used to have it hanging in my apartment above my couch before I moved to Paris…

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(Hall of Mirrors - Versailles, France by Rebecca Plotnick)

What/where would you say is your greatest source of inspiration?

Paris. I walk the streets for hours getting lost. There is so many layers to Paris I feel like I am alway uncovering something new. 

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(Early Morning at the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Plotnick)

What is the best piece of advice that was given to you in terms of photography?

My photography teacher in high school told me to take photographs from all angles. You can find me getting dirty on the ground to get a certain prospective or climbing high to shoot down. You don’t always have to see everything straight on. Be creative. 

Are there any other photographers/artists that inspire you or that you try to emulate?

I love the Paris shots of Henri Cartier Breson.

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(Spring in the Petit Palais by Rebecca Plotnick)

What is your most important photography tool (whether it be physical or mental)?

The best camera is the one you have on you. If I am out for a walk I at least try to have my phone on me. If I went outside without anything I would miss the best shots. I notice small details all the time. Being open and observant is key to capturing beauty. I will be with friends and stop mid sentence if the light is hitting an object a certain way. I have to run over and take the shot before it changes.

What is it exactly that you want to say with your photographs?

I want people to see the beauty in everyday life. 

What does traveling mean to you? Or more specifically, how has traveling impacted your view of the artistic world?

Traveling allows me to see how the world lives. I am fascinated by how everyday life is so different in other cultures. I try to learn as much as I can when I am traveling. When I have visitors I am a walking tour guide. 

We are so excited to announce that Rebecca will take place in our Instagram Takeover while she is in Paris! Thanks for sitting down with us, Rebecca!