Since moving back to Austin in 2016, Alicia's workflow has evolved to visiting, interviewing and photographing Austinites in their homes and workplaces - trying to capture through both documentary and artistic
recreations of the people, and the heartbeat, which is the Austin Community.
Alicia is currently working as a freelance digital and film photographer in Austin Texas. In her free time, she is authoring the Austin Portrait Project, an ongoing photographic compilation of Austin’s Thriving Artist Community.
Hey, Alicia 👋🏼. What is your Instagram handle so peeps can follow you?
@alitexas Alicia+Texas Not to be sappy but I am a liberal girl who loves her state!
How long have you lived in Austin? 🗺
Moved away from Austin in 1993 and spent the next 25 years trying to find a way back. Moved back to Austin 2 years ago.
How did you first find out about IGAustinTexas?
First experience with IGAustinTexas was going to a meet up at the Harry Ransom. (Been to several meets since that first one.) I was interested in your group because your primary purpose is supporting Austin and the Austin Art Community.
I had been very active in the Instagram community in Fort Worth so when I first moved back to Austin from Fort Worth I tried to find a group of IG Austin photographers, that search led me to IGAustinTexas.
How do you define community? 🌱
Giving back. Everything has a purpose and a reason. Making connections, supporting each other. Thinking in the mindset "What can I do to make someone else's day better?" I am not sure it can be any better said than it was by Kennedy “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,”
What keeps you making photos and taking snapshots for the gram?
The Gram serves multiple purposes for me. I have given this so much thought since my first post in 2013. It is such a huge time sink. It is a distraction, a creative outlet, a way to reach out and make connections. A way to vent, a way to document the days the moments and the milestones. And sometimes those "likes" are just validation that "Hey, my photo is good. I had a really su*ky day. But, at the end of the day I reached out (posted a photo) made a few connections, and maybe even made someone else's day better."
What are you most passionate about and why?
You ask tough questions! I am most passionate about being a good person. Not living in fear of other people. Savoring connections with real humans. Forgiving myself for mistakes. Not defining myself by my job, or my accomplishments, but by how I made some else feel. Because after the moment is past, that is what people remember about you, how you made them feel.
What are you up to now?
Most recently I spent several months co-curating a photography show of 11 Women Texas Photographers at the Grackle Gallery in Fort Worth https://www.facebook.com/events/1795338677195158/ . Three of us were from Austin, @alitexas @tracy_costello_photography @camillewheels Currently, I focusing on my work, organizing it for the next show, collaborating with some local artists @errythangisilluminated, and really just trying to find and keep my focus as an artist.
Any links you want to share with us ?
Check out my website for more of my work.
#FeatureAustin is a new ongoing campaign by IGAustinTexas where we feature a different IGer of Austin every month. We aim to give exposure to creatives across Austin and help them connect with one another and the city.