Artist Profile: Amelia Machia
We were introduced to photographer Amelia Machia by longtime Heady Vermont ally, cannabis advocate supreme, and kickass photographer in his own right Fran Janik. He suggested she’d be a great volunteer for our July 1 Legalization Celebration – and so she’ll be (in fact we still need volunteers, so email [email protected] if you’d like to join us).
But when she also offered to take photos of the event and sent along some samples of her deliciously smoky portraits, we realized that no further steps could be taken until we did an artist profile. And so, for your dining and dancing pleasure, please welcome Amelia Machia…
HVT: What is your personal background?
AM: I’m a 22 year old fine art photographer from Eden, Vermont. I trained at the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts and currently run my own studio in Morrisville.
HVT: What’s the source of your artistic inspiration?
AM: All sorts of things inspire me: classic movies and literature, Vermont’s gorgeous landscape, and the work of master photographers from previous generations.
HVT: What’s your personal and artistic relationship to Vermont?
AM: I was born and raised in the mountains, and after traveling to Massachusetts for school, and living in Brooklyn for some time, there’s nothing more soothing than coming back. Artistically, Vermont is a place with a stunning summer and fall, and a winter that’s long enough to perfect my craft in my studio while it’s cold.
HVT: What’s your relationship with cannabis?
AM: I started self-medicating with cannabis as a teenager to cope with my chronic pain, stemming from my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. As soon as I turned 18, my doctor and I agreed that getting my medical card was a great next step in the process of managing my pain. Since then, I’ve been an outspoken advocate for patients and utilize cannabis in my work frequently.
HVT: What’s your vision for cannabis in Vermont?
AM: I want to see cannabis replace a lot of archaic practices in Vermont. The uses are numerous, and everything from medicine to paper to building supplies can be harvested from this amazing plant. I’d love to see a network of patients and recreational growers working together to make cannabis accessible and affordable for all who need it.
HVT: Where are you based, how can people see your work, and what’s the best way for folks to contact you?
AM: My studio is located inside Epiphany Tattoo in Morrisville, VT. You can find my work on Instagram and Facebook under Amelia Grace Imaging, and can email me at [email protected] to schedule a shoot or book time for an event!