Anyone who loves color but still wears all black is a friend of mine.
Meet Maggie, the 19 year old photographer who seems to find the best walls EVER everywhere she goes- then turns them into pop art compositions. These photos caught my eye for obvious reasons, and I think they'll catch yours too. I caught up with Maggie a bit through email to find out her inspiration and plans for her current project: Wall City, USA.
What is your name/age/current profession (talk a little bit about where you go to school/went to school, what you studied, where you work, etc.)
I’m Maggie Clark. I’m 19 years old and I’m currently a student in the photography program at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. I’m a photographer for myself freelance wise and I also am a photographer/magazine design editor for Stage Right Secrets.
How did this Wall City, USA project start?
Super randomly! I was walking through a theme park in Orlando, Florida and I noticed this colourful wall while coming out of a bathroom so I randomly took a photo of it. Then the rest of the day I kept looking for more colourful walls.
I love what you say on your website about how despite your all black wardrobe, you are really drawn to colors. I can totally relate. Where has been your favorite place to get wall photos?
Yay for all black wardrobes!
My favourite place was definitely in Orlando, Florida. What I love about Florida is how almost every building is colourful. I mean I stayed at a hotel down there that was bright orange on the outside, haha. I love it because it’s so different here in Canada where a majority of houses are the “normal” colours. And actually if you’re a Disney World fan you might even notice that some of my wall photos were taken right inside the parks which was fun to do too. I’ve been multiple times but it made me look at things in a different way by looking for walls.
Your wall photos are very strong visually in my opinion because of not only the colors, but the compositions. What is your thought process when composing a shot?
Ah this makes me so happy! It could’ve been so easy to just stand back and take a “normal” photo of a wall. But what I try and do is find a spot on the wall that I could make kind of abstract like. It’s probably really funny to watch because sometimes I get literally right up against it or like I’m pushing myself into it. It’s definitely weird to people passing by I’m sure!
This series has a very pedestrian-like quality. It reads as a very stylized type of street photography. Have you been using a DSLR for them or a cell phone?
Cell phone! I didn’t have my DSLR with me at the time when it started. So then I didn’t want to make the switch over to DSLR, I wanted to keep it all done on one type (if that makes sense). I always have my phone on me so it was the easier route for sure.
By challenging yourself to try and take 10 "wall shots" a day, did you find that it helped or hurt your creativity?
I think it helped. Which could sound weird but I was forced to look at everything in a different way. Forced to search out things that maybe most people wouldn’t see, or that I didn’t even see just looking at it in a quick glance. There were even a few days where I only hit about eight or so. Though I was a little bummed when that would happen but you can’t make a cool wall just appear, haha.
Do you see this series continuing?
Absolutely! I only do it when I’m traveling somewhere new because I don’t know of any really around where I live. But it’s nice to do when traveling because it gives me another reason to want to explore. So whenever I have another trip I will definitely be bringing it back!
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