Photo Nights Boston is a collaborative effort of a handful of key individuals whose continuing efforts bring our ideas closer to you. This month’s Focus On is with executive board member Meg Wright.
Would you start off telling us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in Vermont and went to college here in Massachusetts. I studied Interior Design but always had a love for photography. I was fortunate enough to study photography in Italy for a month during my senior year and that’s when the photo bug really bit me. At that point it was too late to change my major but I kept up with photography on the side as I entered into the Interior Design world. Eventually my passion for design faded and my excitement for photography grew. So I decided to go out and get more photography experience by starting my own business and applying to be an intern at the Improper Bostonian Magazine. I did both and was able to learn so much about the industry and myself. I also made a lot of wonderful friends along the way. Unfortunately my business wasn’t enough to keep me afloat and I needed to enter the corporate world once again. I am now working in the development office at North Shore Medical Center where I focus on coordinating fundraising and stewardship events. I still love photography and being a part of the PNB team is one way that I keep my photographic spirit alive.
How did you initially become involved with Photo Nights Boston?
I’ve been a member of the PNB board since the very beginning. I worked with our founder Katie Noble at the Improper Bostonian Magazine where I was a photo intern for a year and half. Towards the end of my time there Katie mentioned this photo project that she was hoping to start up and asked if I would be interested in joining the team. It’s been a long journey but I am so amazed at how far we’ve come since those first few brainstorming meetings.
In your opinion what is the biggest thing that PNB will bring to the city?
I hope that PNB will bring more awareness of art to the city. We’re all so busy these days and I’d love PNB to make people stop for event just a minute and just enjoy art, especially photography. I also hope that it will inspire people to create art of their own and know that there is a place and an appreciation for public art.
Would you share with us an event or time when you saw a photograph or public art work that left a lasting impression on you...
While I was studying in Italy I had the most amazing photography teacher Romeo DiLoreto. During one of our classes he shared his work and explained what his images meant to him. He took photographs of trees, but the trees were portraits of his family and friends. Each tree illustrated different feelings or emotions for each person. Seeing the photos and listening to him speak so emotionally about them brought me to tears. I was so moved and inspired by not only the images but by the way he was so passionate about the media and subject matter. It was definitely one of my favorite moments of the trip and to this day I still think of him while I’m shooting and I try to put the same thought and emotion into my photographs.
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