“My work engages the viewer in a narrative and is evocative of the pictorialist era with a modern twist.”
Mary Anne Mitchell
Mary Anne Mitchell is a photographer from the USA, currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from University of Georgia.
Mary Anne Mitchell’s work is derived from her experiences and visual “dreams” that move her to create. Her work documents the world in a manner that transforms the subject into something quite different from reality.
Recently, Mary Anne Mitchell has completed a series called “Poetic Translation”:
“With this series, I am exploring the artistic juxtaposition of visual and written expression. My inspiration is the writings of 19th and 20th century poets and writers. I am portraying my interpretation of the verses which touch upon the universal themes of nature, dreams, identity, loneliness, and spirituality. The photographs create a moment of shared recognition between the author, the viewer and myself.”
Interview with Mary Anne Mitchell
Mary Anne, why did you become a photographer?
I took a class to learn how to use my Minolta and fell in love with photography.
What does photography mean to you?
It is a way for me to document my view of the world – both real and imagined – through my creative vision.
Which photographer has inspired you most and why?
French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of my favorites. He could create an amazing photograph out of a mundane situation and his black and white work is so beautiful.
What’s your favorite photography quote?
“Photography has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
How would you describe your photographic style and way of working?
My work engages the viewer in a narrative and is evocative of the pictorialist era with a modern twist.
What’s important in order to develop an own photographic style and how did you achieve it?
Just constantly shooting and finding your voice.
What qualities does a good photographer need?
Passion, persistence, a strong belief in your work and thick skin!
Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?
From life and dreams.
Analog or digital?
I shoot analog with various Nikons and Holga and other plastic toy cameras.
How do you keep up to date with new developments in photography, to keep on learning new things?
It is so easy to look up anything online and learn what you need.
What’s your favorite website on photography?
There are so many blogs that I enjoy – Lenscratch is a really good one.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a professional photographer?
I would say that you have to love it because it can be hard but also wonderfully fulfilling.
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