AVERY LEIGH WHITE


What is your favorite subject to shoot and why?

I choose people that exhibit vibrance, authenticity, and bravery because they teach and empower me to move through life in the same way.

What are your goals as a photographer?

To celebrate the power and resilience of the human spirit, to connect to the world through creative energy, and to document our time with fierce love and reverence. In this sense, my photographs are love letters.


Daikaiju lights a guitar on fire during their French Quarter show at Santos


Late night with D from Baton Rouge


What is your favorite thing about photography?

It gives me an excuse to stop strangers in the street and create an intimate moment.

What is your least favorite thing?

There’s a lot of anxiety that comes with being an empath who’s 100% reliant on strangers to express myself. Also, Instagram is a wasteland!

What advice do you have for other photographers?

Is what you’re saying essential? Does it feel like you’re going to just die if you can’t take that photo? If not, you’re not going deep enough. My best work comes when I feel so moved by an experience of being alive that I’d do anything to preserve it. My work is invariably mediocre when I settle for cheap, inauthentic, or trendy shots.


Top photo: Dance floor for King James and the Special Men, Etoile Polaire Lodge No. 1


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