In our pinterview with Krista Gray, she talks about moving to the West Coast in search of her dreams. After three years, she’s happily among creative people, taking pictures, and staying in touch with her New England friends through inspirations on Pinterest.
Hi Krista! First, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m originally from New Hampshire, but a severe case of wanderlust brought me to California more than three years ago after I quit my job to move West on a whim. I didn’t have work, a plan or even a mattress (seriously!), but I did have a fiery drive to follow my heart.
I earned my degree in History because I’ve always been fascinated with the intersection of people + technology, and the way that it shapes the future while defining the past. I taught myself basic HTML and the foundations of Photoshop when I was 12 so that I could build my own website as a way connect with others on the internet - and while my presence on Geocities is (thankfully) no longer, I do still write a blog called city chic. I also get to help build and share cool new ways to communicate everyday as the Community Manager at SkinnyScoop. Living and working in a smart city full of fellow creatives is a dream come true.
How did you get started on Pinterest and how do you use it?
An admitted digital hoarder, I started using Pinterest nearly two years ago as a way to catalogue of all the beautiful images, cool articles, etc. that I constantly found online.
Many of my non-tech savvy friends have created their own boards in the time that has passed since then, which has made Pinterest so much more than a self-storage system for me. Now I use Pinterest to keep up with my friends’ home renovations, wedding plans, and wish lists from more than 2,500 miles away. Pinterest helps us continue to inspire one other, and it makes me feel like I’m still in the loop with all of the things they get excited about.
Of course! The project that I’m most proud of is the enormous ‘All of The Places We’ve Been’ scrapbook that I gifted to my best friend Marissa who drove across the country with me when I moved to the West Coast. It’s full of photographs, vintage maps and momentos that we picked up in more than 18 states along the way, and I was sure to journal some of our favorite memories and quotes within the pages.
I’m also the ‘unofficial’ photographer of my group of friends, and I keep telling everyone that all of the pictures I’ve taken this year will eventually make it into an iMovie that I plan to debut on New Years Eve. They think I’m joking, but I’m not! It’s the least that I can do to thank them for their patience when I spontaneously pull off the road to capture roadside scenery, make them wait to eat their food or turn them into models for my blog.
As a photographer, you’re always looking through a lens of some sort. What type of photography inspires you?
Well-known photographers Dorothea Lange and Annie Leibovitz have produced some of my favorite images, but I’m equally inspired by photos I see on Instagram. I live for the everyday stuff and often overlooked details, rather than milestones or defining moments - I remember those anyway.
I think that Elliot Erwitt summarized it best, saying: “photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
I also love black and white photography and can’t wait to put together an enormous wall gallery of beautiful works one day.
Your interests range from throwing parties to traveling. What are some of your favorite categories to browse?
I love almost all of the categories on Pinterest, but the ones I find myself browsing most often are art, photography, history and design. I’ve been reading blogs for more than a decade, and I love that Pinterest allows me to see some of my favorite bloggers’ handpicked favorites in a quick, fun and highly visual way. A few of the pinners I love following who share their work in these categories are Dallas of Dallas Shaw, Bonnie of Bonnie Tsang Photography, Katie of Paper Fashion, and Meg of Mimi + Meg.
I also love browsing the boards put together by some of my favorite brands (Anthropologie and kate spade have some beautiful collections!) and could spend hours looking at lush landscapes while dreaming up my next adventure…