This month we are proud to bring you Maryanne Gobble as our Featured Artist. We adore the way Maryanne captures the human spirit and the natural world. Hers is a unique voice in the photography community. Maryanne has a way of stripping away what would distract, leaving behind powerful imagery and a sense of dreamlike wanderlust.
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How did you get your start in photography?
I was really into hiking when I was younger so I bought a small camera to bring along and take pictures of the landscape. People showed interest in my prints and it encouraged me to keep trying. It was then a road of figuring out all the kinds of pictures I don't like to take and how to say no to them. Learning to say no was a huge part of breaking into what I do now.
What artists have influenced your journey in photography? How have they inspired you?
Anne Brigman, Imogen Cunningham, Wynn Bullock, Amdre Kertez and Joyce Tenneson. I have two videos I watch once in awhile for inspiration too. Spoek Mathambo Control filmed by Pieter Hugo and a surf photography video called Dark Side of the Lens. When I was first into photography all my inspiration came from surf and skate magazines.
What is one thing you wish you know when you first started taking photographs?
How to use spot meter.
What does photography mean to you?
Connection, expression, voice.
What is the best thing about being a photographer?
I'm busy internally, very forceful. I have to harness it constructively through photography or other creative means.
If you could shoot with any photographer, who would it be and why?
In-person photo workshops sound like my worst nightmare! I like the thought of meeting other photographers, learning from them, but not shooting with them. If I did anything collaborative I would want to work with a designer, someone in another field, or a subculture. I like the cross pollination of ideas and subjects.
What is your favorite photograph you have taken to date?
That's a hard one! I can tell you my favorite series is the one I've worked with my husband on called, Human. It's about body memory and trauma. I asked him what his favorite one is and it's the one with the tree roots hanging down and casting shadows on his body.
What inspires your photographic vision?
Feeling, concept, nature, open space freedom, dignity.
How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography? Do you have a favorite flawed technique?
Rules are great until they become restrictive. That's when you need to start pushing the bounds. I love shooting through things. I carry around a clear glass plate sometimes to keep it interesting.