EWW: You seem to have several subject matters. Is there one that you enjoy the most?
Mary: I enjoy all subject matter and what I photograph depends a lot on where I am and what I see. My goal is to find beauty, and sometimes irony, in the form of people, nature, animals or buildings. However, I am particularly drawn to abstractions and they can be found in both natural and manmade objects.
EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
Mary: Because I was an art major before I studied photography, I feel that composition is key to taking quality photographs. So, to have a pleasing composition, color, perspective and lighting all come into play. I try to do as much composing as possible through the lens to minimize the adjustments made on the computer.
EWW: When you do a photoshoot. What do you focus on first? Technical or aesthetics?
Mary: Always aesthetics first. I feel that technical skills are ingrained…they have to be, or you can miss a moment.
EWW: I am curious to know if someone was asked to make a comment about your work, what do you think they would say?
Mary: Well, this is a tough one. From my perspective…creative thought-provoking, pleasing. My hope is that people who look at my work will be as excited as I am.
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EWW: A few of your images are Black and White. How do you decide to work in black and white versus color?
Mary: Color can get in the way. If you look at images from great photographers of the past, who could only work in black and white, you will see some stunning images. I must say I do like working in color, but the color in some images is too subtle, and they look better in black and white. At times I feel the composition is the strongest element in a photograph, so I eliminate the color altogether.
EWW: What do you see, or have experienced, as the most effective way for you to market and promote you and your work?
Mary: So far, exhibits and word of mouth have been the most successful. I am developing a better online presence, but there is a tremendous amount of competition out there. I think setting up a business takes time and patience.
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EWW: Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to other online galleries they appear on?
Mary: Absolutely. My website is where I post most of my new work and I can update it constantly. Online galleries seem to be helpful only if they focus on a limited number of artists.
EWW: Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work? If you do use social media platform seems, which one(s) work the best for you?
Mary: Yes, I do. My website has been very helpful, and I have a business page on Facebook and Instagram.
EWW: Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
Mary: I feel very strongly about the art that I produce…photography is a passion for me. My hope is to bring not only thought-provoking but beautiful images to people and to help elevate photography to the art form that it is.