Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Interview of brandMOJO

Hello Readers,
This is the first of a series of interviews that I'm going to be doing on artists and craftspeople that I find to be exceptionally interesting.  I hope you will feel the same :-)
Today you will read the interview of Marisa of brandMOJO Images:
Q.  What is your art/craft and how long have you been doing it?
A.  I started taking pictures when I was a kid with my Polaroid Rainbow SX-70. Fast forward through many years, many various cameras and many excursions to today. I have been shooting professionally for over 13 years, both fine art and commercial photography.  

Q.  What got you started? 

A.  I took a Photo 101 course in college which led me to start working as a photojournalist at the college paper. I loved the thrill of being in the mix of capturing life as it happened. Being in the right spot at the right time. This continues to be a common thread among all of my photos: being in the moment. I rarely stage my photos, but rather I move myself to get just the right image. 

Q.  Are there any other arts and crafts that you would like to try your hand at? If so, why? 
A.  I would love to start working with wood. My husband builds fine furniture (brandMOJO Interiors) and has slews of scrap wood for me. My goal for this year is to decoupage my photos onto wood, to build birdhouses, to carve burl bowls, and anything else I can tackle. Nothing is as cathartic as getting immersed in an art project.

Q.  What are your favorite materials to use? 
A.  I absolutely love using vintage and antique cameras to take black and white photographs. They were used before color film was the norm and they create detail that is so tactile. I do tend to use my Nikon D90 to photograph most things now, as films are getting harder to come by. But my favorite black and white film is Agfa Scala, a gorgeous slide film.  

Q.  What and/or who inspires you?
A.  I am inspired by so many current photographers and artists, there are too many to name, but those who I admire most are Henri Cartier Bresson, Lewis Hine, and W. Eugene Smith.

Q.  Do you have a Coupon Code for your Etsy Shop and/or website? 
A.  I tend to run select specials where a certain percentage of the sale of an image will go to a reputable non-profit, such as the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund and also Animal Rescue Kansai. 

Etsy Shop: brandMOJOimages (
Website:  [my new site is under construction, but here's my first one]  

Thank you so much for this great opportunity, Myria! 
The best to you as well. 
The warmest of regards,

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