Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana Cheren Nygren.
Diana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been taking pictures for decades and been a photographer in one form or another for many years, but over the last year a couple of things have fallen into place. I did a job for an Urban Landscape Architectural firm and discovered that I really enjoyed the work and that it could provide a viable commercial avenue for me to pursue. I decided to publish a book of my photographs, which came out in September. And, on the advice of a writer friend, I decided to approach my identity as an artist in the methodical and studious way that one might approach any other professional endeavor. The most important piece of that process has been realizing that I still have an enormous amount to learn about photography and making that learning a part of my daily practice.
Has it been a smooth road?
In commercial photography (and really any application of art to a commercial endeavor), I think one of the hardest things is having to sell yourself and dealing with the rejection if what you have to offer is not what someone is looking for. For many years, I designed a line of children’s clothing and this was the one aspect of the business that made me truly miserable. And it has pretty much stopped me every time I’ve thought about pursuing any commercial type of career. Fine art photography has always felt to me like a way around that. I make my art and put it out there and you can take it or leave it. But really, fine art photography involves even more confidence and self-promotion. That is always going to be my weakest link.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Diana Cheren Nygren Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
For many years I considered myself a portrait photographer. I love taking portraits, especially of children. I have also done a lot of travel photography. But I feel like I have evolved a lot in the last 6 months. I would like to continue to grow my business in landscape architecture photography. My greatest achievement, however, I think has been learning how to approach the conception of a photographic project in a purposeful way, instead of just taking pictures and picking out the most beautiful ones. I studied art history in college and then continued to pursue it through graduate school. I think that in depth expertise in considering, analyzing and reacting to another people’s art, brings another dimension to my own art.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like least about this city is easy. The weather. What I like best is more complicated. I was born and raised in the Boston area, and despite a couple of attempts to move away, seem to be stuck here. Especially once I got married and had children, I felt like there was a quality of life in the immediate suburbs around the city that it’s hard to find anywhere else. Brookline offers an amazing balance of urban and suburban, diversity, intellectualism. One big change since I was growing up is that Boston has become more of a food city which I love.
- Website: http://www.dianacherennygren.com
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