|The Art of Madelaine|
HT: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
MD: My name is Madelaine, I was born on February 5th, 1991 in
HT: How did you start doing photography?
MD: My step-father purchased me a digital camera for Christmas one year, but it didn't work. So he got me a new one, and it didn't work, either. So he got me a new one, and by the time I got a working camera in March, I had been waiting so long to take photos of stuff that I started and never stopped.
MD: Words inspire me, as I always say, in any way, shape, font (except papyrus), context and form. Songs, graffiti, poetry, love letters, notes, conversations I have, conversations I overhear, etc. I rarely plan anything ahead. If I want to take photographs, I go take photographs. If I want to create something without having to go somewhere, I open up Photoshop and just mess with old photographs, or stock photos I've collected over the years.
HT: How did you find Etsy?
MD: It was mentioned very briefly in an obscure corner of Domino Magazine. It was very lucky I even saw it. I signed up immediately (to make sure no one took my name), and several months later I started listing and selling prints.
HT: What aspects of your state inspire you?
MD: I live in an old coal mining town (it was very busy about 100 years ago, but now it's kind of dead and falling apart), with lots of decay and not many people to get in the way of what I'm trying to photograph.
HT: What is most challenging aspect of your work?
MD: Not accidentally destroying my work. It's so easy to miss a photograph. Or having the power go out right before saving something I worked for hours and hours on. Or putting a memory card next to a super strong magnet. There's also an age and money barrier to work with, that can be difficult, especially when trying to get into galleries or wanting to buy a nice stock photo, respectively.
Oh yeah, photographing myself is really, really hard to do, but as most of my photographs are self-portraits, it's something I do a lot.
MD: Seeing my art in other people's homes. Seriously. I love it when my customers send me a photo of one of my prints in their homes. I'm thinking of putting on a contest which requires a photo of one of my prints being displayed.
HT: Have you ever visited
MD: No, I haven't. Most of my traveling has taken place in
HT: What is your favorite color?
MD: Dark Teal/Turquoise. :)
HT: Do you have a favorite item in your shop?
HT: What are your shop goals for 2008?
MD: I plan to have a bunch of greeting cards and postcards made at very affordable prices, so my goal is to have those available and selling sometime this year, which should also help with promotion. I have been researching companies for a good while, and have found several that are perfect for what I need. I also am working on a small wholesale catalogue to give to shops and galleries all over the place.