We haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Meagan in person, but through mutual friends, we have been admiring her from a distance. We have a feeling that we’d all be besties if in the same place at the same time. She is an extremely talented photographer, transplanted from NC to NYC. Her nostalgic styling, plus vibrant use of color & sexuality, features fun, fashionable women that never want to completely grow up. She only shoots film, & her stance on empowering fellow females is also on some #realtalk. We think you guys will love her, too.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina & studied Fine Art & Art History at UNC Charlotte. Almost two years ago I relocated to New York. My first time seeing NYC was when I moved here. I have been working full time in SoHo as an art handler ever since. It’s a cool job & I get to work with some of my favorite artists. I have also had internships at Bullett Magazine, New York Magazine, & DIS Magazine. I went to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to study Fine Art and Art History.
Do you foresee staying in NYC?
I probably will not stay here, I feel like it’s just a stepping stone. But it’s nice to be apart of everything as its starting.
What kind of equipment do you use? What’s unappealing about digital?
I shoot with a Canon AE-1 that my grandfather gave me. I use natural lighting & if I’m inside, I have a flash mount. The colors are nice & all the accidents that happen are something that I could never get from digital. I like being surprised when the film develops.
When did you realize it was something you were passionate about?
It started with MySpace, to be honest. It was the whole onslaught of the internet when I was 16 years old. You needed to have a camera to take selfies & then once I had that, I found something fun.
Why are women your favorite subject to shoot?
I love femininity (my subjective view of it). When I decided to focus on women, I was at a point in my life where I was spending a lot of time with my girl friends & I was really inspired by all of the respect we had for each other. I was tired of jealousy & girl hate & just wanted to show these beautiful women & how much love we could put out instead.
Do you work in any other mediums?
I do work in different ways; I’m taking a photo but I’m also constructing an image. I’m styling, directing, producing, editing, etc. I really don’t consider what I do as photography anymore. It is a means to an end.
Do you enjoy styling your own shoots as much as photographing them?
I actually love styling more than photographing.
What are you currently listening to?
Kali Uchis, Antwon
What are your goals as an artist?
I just want to be really proud of what I do & I want to continue working. To put out something original & thoughtful is pretty hard to do, & it’s easy to get stuck. Staying inspired is really important & if I can always have that, then I will be happy. I don’t think I want a main source of income to be my art, or I would start to hate it.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a video series for a publication in London. It’s going to be pretty serious & personal, but I still want it to be really beautiful & correspond to my other pieces.
You can find a curated selection of my work at meaganlong.com!