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3 Young Photographers On Staying Inspired & Making Art

It's a challenging time for creatives right now.

It's a challenging time for creatives in quarantine and social distancing. But photographers from Google's Creator Labs, an incubator initiative, are adapting to the times. After the jump, Joshua Kissi, Andrew Thomas Huang, and Myles Loftin talk about their new work and staying inspired.

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Joshua Kissi

Location: New York, currently in Seattle

What was the concept behind your series "From Harlem to Howard"?

It's a portrait series of graduating seniors Ariel, Shamyah, and Cheyenne, who have been a part of "Figure Skating in Harlem" since elementary school. I captured their summer before attending Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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How are you staying inspired right now?

Just continuing to connect with like-minded creatives and family during this time.

How have you adapted to creating while social distancing?

I'm in the industry and market where even when the whole industry is collapsing, we're expected as creatives to stay creative through it all. I'm trying to take as much time for myself as possible while working on projects.

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Andrew Thomas Huang

Location: Los Angeles

What was the concept behind your series for Creator Labs?

I wanted to create a portrait series that says we among the queer Asian diaspora have the ability to crown ourselves and inhabit roles in which our value is celebrated, venerated, and adorned.

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How are you staying inspired right now?

My mornings focus on what matters most to me: writing, reading, activism, thinking, working on my feature film. I also go on daily walks behind West Los Angeles College. The view over the LA skyline has never been more beautiful during this pandemic.

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How have you adapted to creating while social distancing?

It's not easy. There are times (most times) when I don't feel safe or inspired to create because of the current climate. In another sense, I have always worked at home in solitude, so quarantine is an extension of the same routine.

The difference is that I can't go out to release or distract myself, so I have just had to get better at sitting at home with my demons. I think it's important for us to learn to sit with our discomfort and face ourselves in the mirror. That discomfort keeps me going.

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Myles Loftin

Location: Brooklyn

What was the concept behind your series for Creator Labs?

I was inspired by the lack of social interaction and intimacy everyone was experiencing on a global scale. I wanted to use the Pixel to explore the tiny glimpses of intimacy I experienced while social distancing in Maryland with my parents.

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How are you staying inspired right now?

Music always keeps me inspired. I've been listening to Flo Milli's new album lately.

How have you adapted to creating while social distancing?

I've learned how to think outside the box and to make use of the things that are laying around in my house. Social distancing has also caused me to get back into self-portraiture since shooting other people isn't as easy at the moment.

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