TPL: Where do you find your inspiration? And do you have a favourite place to shoot? In general, what do you want to express through your photography?
MA: I enjoy experimentation and the serendipitous, photographing the same scene with different lenses and focal lengths. I want to make pictures that I can bring home from my “shopping expedition” and download in my computer. Then comes the thrill of seeing them emerge full screen, to be processed and shared on occasion.
In urban New York, people, buildings, and city streets capture my attention along with Central Park and Riverside Park happenings. In rural Copake, the changing seasons evoke the photographs of Eliot Porter, my favorite natural world photographer whose intimate nature scenes inspire me.
But I am also inspired by the photographs and artistic dedication of Paul Kessel, Russ Rowland, and Susan Rosenberg Jones, contemporary friends on social media. I also have an interest in infrared photography, inspired by Nevada Wier . There is no end. Passions are driving forces that make life meaningful and never boring.
I find pleasure in taking pictures and in looking at mine and others’. I hope that my images contain the unintended detail for Roland Barthes’ punctum effect (Camera Lucida), engaging the viewer to pause and reflect - the brim of a hat, a tattoo, a wicker chair...