Interview by Avery Fields/
Photos by Amber Fields
Amber Fields, 18, from Brooklyn, New York, is our June Photographer of the Month winner. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Fields competed against three other photographers and her photo received the most votes. She previously won Photographer of the Week during the fourth week of June. She reminds everyone to appreciate their own uniqueness.
“Everyone’s style is different and everyone’s purpose is different,” she said.
We interviewed Fields to share her advice and experiences with the greater Bokeh Focus community.
The photos in this story are Fields’ original images (© Amber Fields).
What is the story behind the photos you’ve submitted?
Fields: Well after the stressful year I had with starting college during a pandemic, and having a lot of difficulties in my personal life, I decided to take a trip to Bermuda to visit my best friend. I spent 7 weeks there immersed in Bermuda’s natural beauty. From the turquoise waters to the pink sand beaches, Bermuda was absolutely breathtaking. So, one day we went to this place called Whale Bay to watch the sunset (this had become a routine of ours, watching the sunset every day at different places) and it was beautiful. At that moment I knew I had to capture it so that others could see and enjoy what I got to experience.
Do you have a specific theme or topic that is the focus of your photography?
Fields: Nature and relaxing views.
What have you gained/experienced while working with this topic?
Fields: While working on taking pictures of the places I travel to, I’ve gained so much more confidence. Before I wouldn’t think much of the pictures I took, seeing as they were mainly for me or my family, but after getting so much love and support from them, I’ve realized that my works are truly pieces of art that can bring a glimpse of light into someone’s life, even if for just one moment.
Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t notice about you.
Fields: One thing I can promise you that people don’t notice about me is how adventurous I am. For example, some of the photos I took during my trip required me to climb massively large rocks that very well could have led to the end of me. I’m also very spontaneous and find the most pleasure out of impromptu plans made on a whim.
What’s a piece of advice you would offer to other photographers to encourage their creativity?
Fields: Don’t let great works that you see by other photographers make you insecure about your own work. Everyone’s style is different and everyone’s purpose is different. The important thing is finding both of yours and being authentically you and happy.
We at Bokeh Focus recognize the depth of Fields’ photographic exploration of Bermuda and aesthetic expression delightful! We’re very happy to be able to feature her work. Amber, congratulations again on your unique captures. We hope to see your photography in an exhibit in the future!