INTERVIEW

February 10, 2020

HER WONDERLAND

IN CONVERSATION WITH MARA

Photography by Mara
Interview by Melanie Meggs

Mara's street photography style is so distinctive that one single photograph captures the moody, dark and dramatic atmosphere reflective of the film noir cinematography. Mara sets a tone for the view with her use of exaggerated contrasts, a beautiful subtle lighting, grittiness of grain and the great depth of field. Her storytelling through her photographs are mysterious and emotive.

"The girl who not exist, from the heart to the mind to the eyes to the click...and is her wonderland."
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MARA

TPL: Mara, when did you start getting interested in photography?

Mara: I was 10 years old.

TPL: Where do you find your inspiration?

Mara: By my emotions at that instance.

TPL: Do you have a favourite quote that resonates with you the most?

Mara: Quotes are a plus...pictures speak by their own light. My quotes are mine and depends by the emotions I feel in that instance. Who watch the picture, is free to feel different emotions.

TPL: Who are your favourite artists/photographers?

Mara: Vivian Maier, Josef Koudelka, Hirohiko Araki, Ferdinando Scianna, Letizia Battaglia, Roger Ballen but the inspiration is born by life and emotions around us.

TPL: Has your style of shooting changed since you first started?

Mara: I have no style.

TPL: Where is your favourite place to shoot?

Mara: On the road, in the sky... where everything is (im)possible

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?

Mara: What I think is important are the emotions...a tool is just a tool.

TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a photographer? Do you have any tips for someone starting out?

Mara: Everybody should express themselves in some way. For me, it is photography and music. I do not have anything to teach to anyone, as feelings are what grow up inside people.

TPL: Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?

Mara: Yes

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

Mara: Will see...

“When I am not out photographing, I (like to)…

Mara: I'm not a photographer...I'm just a dreamer."