Welcome to my site – my name is Lauren Arum and I’m an Atlanta-based photographer.
I realized recently that I’ve been telling my story all wrong. If you’d asked me a month ago when I began my journey into photography, I would have said “fall of 2008″. I would have told you that I began shooting because I needed something more in my life. I would have told you that my trivial desk job pushed me towards something more creative. That is all true. But it wasn’t when my journey began.
About a month ago, I met my parents for dinner at a local diner, as we do most Sundays. When we finished and began walking to our cars, my mom asked me to walk with to hers. She opened the trunk and pulled out a folder. She said she found it when cleaning out the garage.
When I got home, I opened up the folder. It was full of photographs I had taken in my college Photojournalism class. The only class in college that I actually attended regularly and achieved an A effortlessly. I remember almost being mad that I had discovered the class in my last semester of my 5th year senior year. Imagine if I had taken it sooner? Many of the shots in the folder were sports assignments – local high school baseball and softball players. Others were more newsworthy - car accidents, college events and concerts.
That got me thinking. Still, my story wasn’t accurate. I might have taken photographs in college and fall of 2008 might have been the start of learning true technique, but I’ve had a camera in hand for as long as I can remember. And I’ve been obsessed with photographs from a young age. I love what you can and cannot see in a photograph. I love trying to interpret what might have been happening in a photo – and why it was taken.
I’ve been an archivist my entire life.