AN INTERVIEW WITH PHOTOGRAPHER LAUREN MAREK, A 22 YEAR OLD FROM TEXAS, USA. We think you should know her because she shows us every day moments in a new light.
Q: How long have you been taking pictures?
Since around 2008 when I came to college.
Q: How did you get into photography?
Growing up, I was obsessed with movies and was dead-set on becoming a film director. That fascination with cinematography transferred to a love of still imagery.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Films, experience, memories, childhood, and relationships.
Q: What message do you want to send through your art?
I want the viewer to feel connected and somehow experience my experiences.
Q: Do you have a favorite photographer?
Ryan McGinley and Mary Ellen Mark
Q: Do you have a favorite subject to shoot?
Definitely people. Specifically friends and family.
Q: What gear do you use?
I currently use a Nikon d300s. My favorite lens is the Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Q: Do you have a favorite camera to use?
I love my Nikon but am also very fond of my Holga 135
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world to take pictures, where would you go?
New Zealand. I’ve been obsessed ever since Lord of the Rings.
Q: Do you believe that anyone can be a photographer?
I think that depends on how you define a photographer. Anyone can pick up a camera and take pictures but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a photographer. I think it comes down the photographer’s intention or purpose in taking photos.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about photography?
I’m collecting these memories and documentations of the life around me in hopes that it will live on longer than myself.
Q: What’s your least favorite thing about photography?
Explaining to people what I do.
Q: What is your favorite picture you’ve taken?
I don’t really know if I could choose one favorite, but I’m very excited about the new series I just completed: ‘Memories of the Everyday’.
Q: Do you think photography will always be a part of your life?
Definitely so. I can’t imagine it not in my life. It’s just the way I see.
Q: Is there an element you think every photograph should always have?
I don’t think there is one specific element that every photograph should have. Every photograph is unique — they differ in their purpose and intention.
Q: If the end of the world is near in 2012, what do you hope to accomplish with your art?
Honestly I have no idea. I guess I’d just be happy that it meant something to me.
Check out the featured photos on Lauren’s Flickr: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10