Photography isn’t always about blowing your budget on lavish studios, especially when you live in a small town of 8,800 people.
From gas stations to the exterior of a KFC, Kelsey Maggart, a 22-year-old photographer from Columbia City, Ind., shoots stunning images in everyday places. Her favourite place to take pictures on her Nikon D750 is a field behind her local Walmart.
“I live in a really tiny town,” Maggart said. “If you want to be a photographer here, you have to make use of ugly locations.”
Her most popular photographs were taken in Hobby Lobby, the American equivalent to Michael’s. After one photoshoot, she posted images of two friends holding up flowers as props to reveal the unglamorous reality behind her stunning photos.
Maggart said an advantage of living in a small town is that everyone knows each other and she has never been questioned for taking photos on private property.
“When we went to Hobby Lobby, there were probably four or five workers. We went at 7:30 and they close at 8. Nobody said anything to us,” she said. “I think when people see me, they can just assume I’m doing a photoshoot.”
Maggart has even managed to make a pile of bricks look appealing to her thousands of followers.
“I’ve had photographers message me saying they also live in a small town and they don’t have good spots to go to, so they quit taking photos. After showing some of mine, they told me I inspired them to just go out and do it.”