Q&A With Diane Marsella, Photographer, Lighthouse Photography

Tell us a bit about Lighthouse Photography.

I’ve been an artist and professional photographer all of my adult life. I now specialize in creating Abstract Digital art pieces from digital photos. By capturing often ordinary images, I redirect and reinvent pixels into another reality.

What gave you the idea for your business and how did it start?

One of a photographer’s best tools is the power of observation. It was by quieting the noise of every day life that I was able to turn up my observation skills. I learned to see what was often missed by most. Once I could really see, I understood that my brand of photography had a viable place in society.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite thing about my job is completing a new piece and getting the “Wow!” response from a viewer. That reaction is the brass ring. It tells me that I got it right and somebody else gets it.

What are your keys to making yourself productive?

A great quote from the amazing Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.” That’s the key. Work creates the work.

Tell us one long-term goal in your career.

A long term goal of mine is to create art that matters, art that survives trends. To create art that has positive influences on people is the ultimate!

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned through the course of your career?

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to remain open to new ideas. Don’t be so convinced that you’ve got it perfectly that you close yourself off to criticism. Listen to what is being said and, if it makes sense…incorporate it into your work.

What advice would you give to others aspiring to succeed in your field?

Never give up the dream. Live the dream and create the life you want.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I am constantly looking for new images to capture. When I’m not doing that, I enjoy lifting weights.

Name a few influential books you’ve read and/or websites you keep up with that you’d recommend to readers.

Two great books I can recommend when starting an art venture: “The Win Without Pitching Manifesto” by Blair Enns and “Art/Work” by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber.

My website is: lighthousephotographytn.com
FB and Instagram: artsdellamarsella