Catharine Maloney is one of these photographers you instantly love. Never seen before photography. She's very creative and her work just shows. Her photographs are atypical, intriguing, yet simply amazing and fascinating. The use of light/flash and the colors... the angles and poses are unique. Catharine Maloney's photographs exalt your imagination and take you in her colorful universe! She was kind enough to answer to my questions!
1. Have you always wanted to be a photographer?
Catharine Maloney: No, but I've always wanted to be an artist.
2. How did you get into photography?
Catharine Maloney: I took a course in high school from a man who makes pin hole cameras out of fruits and vegetables. When i was little I brought a book of Polaroids with me back and forth between to my mom's house and my dad's house. It had pictures of things that were important to me in it: my parents, my dog, my rock collection, stuffed animals, a tree i liked in our front yard. Really pointless stuff that meant a lot to me.
3. What does photography mean to you?
Catharine Maloney: Several Things: it is a way to make something, it is capable of collecting and documenting my obsessions and other stuff and it is a buffer in social situations. And it is an accomplice to telling lies and getting away with it.
4. Is it important for you to shoot film?
Catharine Maloney: Yes, its nice to have the negatives encase my hard-drive crashes. Also, c-prints smell good.
5. How would you describe your work?
Catharine Maloney: Space-age, playful, the future of the past, candy colored, male.
6. What are your sources of inspiration?
Catharine Maloney: They change around but right now they are cute animals, Mr. Rogers, Star Wars, Star Trek, dark colors, Halloween, spring time, 1970s, music, and collages.
7. Do ideas/themes for your series pop up in your mind?
Catharine Maloney: Yes, I have to think about them for a while before I do anything about it. Usually I write them down and forget.
8. What feelings do you want people to have when looking at your pictures?
Catharine Maloney: Humor for sure, but other than that i just hope they have some feeling, any one is fine.
9. And to conclude, a question that I always ask... If you had a time machine, when and where would you go?
Catharine Maloney: I would like to see what Wes Anderson was like in elementary school. He seams cool now but I bet he was more interesting then.... So I think, Houston, Texas in 1977, i would like to be the same age as him when I visit. Is that possible? If that isn't possible then Iceland in 1964.
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