BeAnalogic.com promotes and spreads the idea of analog photography, that is why we want to learn more about our users! “Outside Fridge” is a section of our website, where we interview our users. Why “Outside Fridge”? Often, analog photographers save their films in the fridge, to maintain the quality of celluloid. Once put, you can “relax and chat” with us. Today we interview Beth Maciorowski.
Sebastiano: Who is Beth Maciorowski?
Beth: I am an artist from Western Massachusetts (USA) with a big big love for film photography
Sebastiano: When did your passion for photography start?
Beth:As a child, I remember being fascinated by all things analog especially my parent’s cameras. I still use my dad’s Pentax K1000 from the 70’s. I learned film developing in high school and have been shooting primarily film for many years now.
Sebastiano: Do you remember when you took your first film roll pack?
Beth: I would say I first learned to load film when I was a teenager, many moons ago.
Sebastiano: What do you like about film photography or photography in general?
Beth: Film has a quality of light and depth and some magic to it. There is something so beautiful about being able to freeze a moment in time within a photograph.
Sebastiano: What kind of photography do you shoot and what kind of film cameras did you use?
Beth: Nature is a running theme in most of my photographs because I feel such a connection to it and calmness in it. I like to use self portrait work as a form of therapy for myself. My most used cameras are Holga 120, Diana Mini, my beloved Nikomat, and Olympus XA2
Sebastiano: What are the characteristics that distinguish you as a photographer?
Beth: Multiple exposures, manipulated film, plastic cameras and lots of emotion.
Sebastiano: I see on Flickr that you shoot people and places. Can you talk about your work?
Beth: My work is mostly unplanned and pretty spontaneous. It just comes from within. As I mentioned, nature is a running theme and I find a lot of inspiration in it. Most of my photos are based off of old memories, snippets of dreams, poetry, loss, love and what I am feeling at the time I’m shooting.
Sebastiano: Can you talk about your double exposure analog projects?
Beth: One of my favorite techniques to play around with is double exposures- some are planned out and others come together through various types of magic.
Sebastiano: Who are the photographers that influenced your work?
Beth: I wouldn’t say that other photographers are my biggest influences for my work. I feel most influenced by music and poems that I love and from experiences in life. I feel inspired by being outside in any kind of weather or season. And in traveling or going on adventures and seeing different things. I admire anyone who uses creativity to express themselves. I follow a lot of amazing photographers on Instagram and Flickr. Some photographers whose work is special to me are: Nan Goldin, Francesca Woodman, Gregory Crewdson, Sally Mann and Diane Arbus.
Sebastiano: What is the future of film photography?
Beth: Film forever!
Sebastiano: Your plans for future?
Beth: Traveling and more experimenting and collaborating. I hope to also work on some conceptual photography down the road.
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