We met Amy Do by chance. When Team Banato originally made the decision to feature rising artists as models for our product, we sent out a wide invitation for artists everywhere to join. Amy was one of the first volunteers for the initiative and she also stepped up to be our lead photographer for the project.
The purpose of the Banato Artist series is to celebrate and empower art in all forms. We are excited to share this Behind The Scenes interview with photographer Amy Do!
1. Tell us a little bit about you and your art! Who are you and what do you make?
My name is Amy Do. I use she/her pronouns. I'm a writer and photographer! Banato was my first foray into product photography/ ad campaign type stuff, and I've taken photos for Banato for the past year or so. Find me online @helloamydo or at HelloAmyDo.com.
2. Why did you decide to join the Banato Artist series?
I was bribed with free delicious banana gelato, and it's been cool to watch the brand grow and be connected with interesting people.
3. What do you love most about being an artist?
The most rewarding part about photography is when someone looks at a picture I took and say "dang, I look good in that!" yes! yes you do!
4. What is one big challenge you face as an artist — either in our current context, or generally speaking?
COVID means no photoshoots. I'm very fortunate to have alternative sources of income. I hope that one day I can take headshots again!
5. What is special about the Chicago Art community?
I think the barrier to entry is really low, and it's accessible to those who are willing to dive in. The community is very welcoming and loves lifting each other up and changing for the better.
6. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for other people who are dreaming about starting their own projects?
Wear a mask. Stay safe.
7. What is your favorite aspect of Chicago?
I love the CTA.