Photographer, wife, mother, farmer in Lansing, Michigan.

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kayelless10 asked: I'm inspired by emotional imagery and I hope one day that my own photography is as strong as yours. Just as musicians we all have our own styles, but I do aspire to your level. Thanks for being a part of my motivation. Your photography is magnificent.

You’re very welcome!! And thank you. I really appreciate your comments…so very much. Keep shooting, keep trying new things and don’t be afraid of the work you create.

My 2 cents.

kayelless10 asked: Being born and raised in Lansing myself I take special joy in seeing such emotionally powerful work. I was blown away by your work when I first saw a picture and before I even knew of your home. I'm especially inspired by it. How long have you been into photography and do you have a favourite format in which to work?

Wow! Thank you!! 

I’ve been into photography for 22 years…creating images that long, looking seriously at imagery that long.

My favorite format is medium format film…although I rarely get to work in that format. I mostly shoot 35mm digital or film and sometimes I play around wound with polaroids or disposable cameras and I have an old HOLGA that needs a little TLC.

I’m working up to processing my own black and white film and scanning my negs. I’ll get there.

I get the feeling I know you….do I?

mikedunn asked: What motivates you when it comes to your at?

People motivate me. Emotions motivate me. People expressing their emotions motivate me. People interacting with other people while emotions are being expressed motivate me. You…and other photographers like you, motivate me. 

Good question, Mikey.

Self Portrait Set: August & September 2014

All are shot on film using a 1973 Yashica Rangefinder, a disposable camera, a 20 year old HOLGA, or my one working Polaroid.

Films are Portra 400 (Rangefinder), Kodak Gold 400 (disposable), Portra 400 on 120 (HOLGA), and Impossible Film.

Footnote: Summer’s light is distinct.

Virgin (Self Portrait) | January 1991
This is a scan of a silver gelatin print…and very possibly my first self portrait (ever). I was 14. Shot with a strobe light in a darkroom.
There is some damage to the print from our house fire in 2008. I didn’t alter the print after scanning it to keep its rudimentary integrity.

Virgin (Self Portrait) | January 1991

This is a scan of a silver gelatin print…and very possibly my first self portrait (ever). I was 14. Shot with a strobe light in a darkroom.

There is some damage to the print from our house fire in 2008. I didn’t alter the print after scanning it to keep its rudimentary integrity.

Jenny (as Otherworldly Being) | October 1995

Scans of Silver Gelatin prints

This series was created for a class I took at the Art Institute of Boston…I believe it was an open theme, and I was desperate to tell this “fish out of water” story which I felt accurately described my “country girl in the city” experience.

Necromancer | October 2014

Necromancer | October 2014

NEW EXHIBITION DATES: February 2015!!
A couple of weeks ago I met with the director of our local Women’s Center to discuss sponsorship of The Women We Are and to seek advice about promoting the show. 
I learned a lot in one conversation. And after much deliberation, I decided to move the exhibition to February of 2015. This move will give me access to 2015 funding, as well as more time to promote and network the project with local organizations.
In one weeks time, I have managed to raise more funds and secure a second gallery for continuing shows.
This process has been very visceral for me…and continues to be.
Learning as I go, making mistakes and forging new paths.
I am still in need of donors, please consider giving even a few dollars to help me fund the exhibition of this project.
 If giving funds are not an option, please boost this post. Thank you!

NEW EXHIBITION DATES: February 2015!!

A couple of weeks ago I met with the director of our local Women’s Center to discuss sponsorship of The Women We Are and to seek advice about promoting the show. 

I learned a lot in one conversation. And after much deliberation, I decided to move the exhibition to February of 2015. This move will give me access to 2015 funding, as well as more time to promote and network the project with local organizations.

In one weeks time, I have managed to raise more funds and secure a second gallery for continuing shows.

This process has been very visceral for me…and continues to be.

Learning as I go, making mistakes and forging new paths.

I am still in need of donors, please consider giving even a few dollars to help me fund the exhibition of this project.

 If giving funds are not an option, please boost this post. Thank you!

Where We Converged Again (Self Portrait) | September 14, 2014

Where We Converged Again (Self Portrait) | September 14, 2014

Questions!!!

 

@cbaymilin said: —- what was one moment where being brave worked out in your favor? how much time to you dedicate to your image-making, or does it just mesh with your real life? what is a subject matter you would like to explore more, something new? —-

One moment where being brave worked in my favor…I was studying Photography at The Art Institute of Boston in the mid-1990’s…focussing on documentary work as well as portrait and fashion photography. I interned with a photographer doing this sort of work and quickly realized that I, myself, could not continue onward on the path of a professional photographer and be a mother….and do both with all of me. I knew I wanted to be a mother…so I dropped out of art school, spent a year exploring my mind and freedom outside of school, my art. I disappointed my parents. Then eventually gravitated back to my art and completed degrees in art and photography in 2001. I now have both a family and my art. Bravery definitely worked in my favor.

My image making is essentially a full-time job right now with The Women We Are show upcoming. Although this is not normal for me. I usually work it into my daily life…always have…I suspect, i always will.

A subject I’d like to explore…something new to me is looking at/within the transgendered community continuing with the documentary portrait style…and also the active and prominent refugee community in Lansing.

cbaymilin…you rock! These questions are great. Your work is awesomely inspiring for me.

Home I, II, III, & IV (Self Portrait Series with my Sister) | September 14, 2014

Untitled (Self Portrait in Childhood Bedroom) | September 2014

Untitled (Self Portrait in Childhood Bedroom) | September 2014

Elementary (Self Portrait) | September 2014

Elementary (Self Portrait) | September 2014

margotcarlson asked: This isn't a question but I just found your photography and I had to let you know how stunned and inspired I am. All of your photographs, but in particular The Women We Are series, are so honest and moving. Plus, in a scene so dominated by male photographers, it is just thrilling to stumble across a female photographer creating such beautiful and affirming photographs of women. Thank you so much for sharing your art; you are the kind of photographer I aspire to be.

Margot,

You have no idea how incredibly timely and perfect your note is! I am franticly preparing for a big networking meeting tonight to advertise and fundraise for The Women We Are project and have been feeling rather insane and insecure…so thank you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. And your work is fabulous!!!!! I am humbled by your comment and support! Here’s to WOMEN IN THE ARTS!!!!!

The Empress (Self Portrait) | September 2014
This image was taken in my childhood home on the coast of Maine now owned by another family.

The Empress (Self Portrait) | September 2014

This image was taken in my childhood home on the coast of Maine now owned by another family.