Monday, February 22, 2010

Interview: Mari-ann Curtis

Mari-ann Curtis (or Mac, as a nickname)

Age: 16 (17 in 1 week :))

Where are you from?:
Surrey, England

Tools of the trade:
My older photography was all taken with a Kodak Easyshare, which I got as a surprise Christmas present when I was 13 years old, while my current work is taken with my recently-bought Canon EOS 500D/T1i last summer- I have been snapping away ever since with it and my 18-55mm lens and 50 f/ 1.8 lens! Also, i use a tripod and the lovely sun. :)

Why do you like photography/art and what do you get out of it?:
I love photography with every fibre of my being, primarily for the sole reason that anything that you find beautiful can be captured, saved and shared so easily in such a lovely quality forever. I get a lot from my photography in the fact that I now have the opportunity to capture precious memories that enable me to relive them again and again and take them away with me to look and share with people that matter to me. I love it, I can’t really describe it. Photographs for me are memories in glossy pixels in light and colour (or lack of in the case of black and white photographs).

Where do you see yourself in the future?:
Hopefully, in the future I will be continuing and pursuing my love of the arts, both creative (painting, photography, drawing) and performing (singing, acting, dancing), using my photography to capture the beauty around me, the friends and family in my life. I would like to have a job that makes me happy, to see myself furthering my love of photography in both film and digital, and I’d like to see myself travelling around the world, experiencing life and trying new things. Also, if I am lucky enough, I would like to be fortunate enough to say that I am a mother, a wife, a friend and that I am inexplicably happy- this would be my ideal future. :)

Where did you learn how to edit and do you have any tips?:
I have learnt to edit through trial and error, continuously experimenting on my photos, trying to see what I can achieve and what else I can learn every time- I usually discover new techniques on Photoshop, mostly by accidently clicking buttons that I don’t mean to. I don’t really feel experienced enough to advice anybody on their ways of treating their work in post-production, but I'll say this- don’t take it all too seriously, be happy with what you are doing, don’t push yourself and enjoy your experiences. Just be happy with your work and proud of yourself.

Film or digital?:
Oh, while I primarily shoot with my digital camera, a lovely relative gave me their old film SLR last year and I've since fallen in love! I love the magic and surprise and anticipation you have when you shoot a roll of film and process it and then see your results for the first time- it's indescribably exciting and addictive! I really hope I can shoot some more film, and when I have enough money I will definitely do so! Also, I will be purchasing an Instax camera soon, so I am very excited! :)

Anything else you'd like to share? (favourite bands/movies etc.):
I have a scar under my eye, my favourite book of all time is ‘The Time-Traveller’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger, I’m a Pisces (2nd March 1993), I have a love for all things French (films, books, music, fashion, Paris, etc), I wish I could play the guitar, I would literally die without my friends, my smile is far too big and disproportionate to my face and I cannot wait for summer 2011.



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