EWW: I am curious to know what qualities of your work would others comment on first?
Maggie: Actually, there are 3 things that come up over and over. People say they really like the light and the composition. They also say that my images carry emotion and feeling. These comments please me enormously, as they are perhaps the 3 things I strive for in my images.
Interview with Maggie Terlecki, Photographer, (Val-d’Or) Quebec, Canada
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White Tulip And Green Apple
Peaches And Blues
EWW: What are your challenges when doing your art?
Maggie: Doing the art itself, is not very much a challenge for me as it allows me to express myself better than with words. I enjoy it so much. The challenges that I have
are perhaps the fact that I live in a small town far from the city and access to many things I find interesting, but I’ve found that doing still-life images (which I enjoy immensely) allows me to reign in my work to a small area. Of course, as I’m sure many artists have discovered financially, it is difficult to make a living doing art.
EWW: You have several galleries such Still Life, Tulips, floral, landscape, etc. Do you have a favorite? Why?
Maggie: I have fallen in love with doing Still Life images. I love doing the compositions and trying to find new ways to show things in a fresh way. The tulips are perhaps my favorite flower being so humble yet so elegant and although they have their own gallery, they are also part of my still life work; I just have a separate gallery to make them easier for people to find.
EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run in all your work such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
Maggie: I enjoy taking photographs with the light coming from the back or the side instead of from the front. I think it gives interesting shadows and a depth to the objects that sometimes get flattened out if well-lit from the front. Also, even though I use flash once in a while, it is usually out of necessity, as I much prefer natural light. I like how soft and caressing it can be. As for movement, even though I do still life, I like flowers to have movement, to not look like they are stiff – to me, it makes them feel alive.
EWW: Some of your art is in black and white versus color. What is your decision-making process in terms of deciding on black and white or color?
Maggie: I think most of my work is in color, but black and white makes you notice different things like composition and texture. I like using it where normally you would expect color. Flowers are a good example. Seeing them in black and white helps you to appreciate their shape and how they’ve been composed. I also like to use color to express mood. A lot of my color images are not smack you in the face bright, but more subtle. I think that corresponds to my character too, though!
EWW: Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on? If so, why?
Maggie: Locally, I have my work in a small gallery. Clients that visit like to check out who you are online. When they find my website MaggieTerlecki.com , I think they feel that you are legitimate and makes them feel good about making a purchase of your work.
EWW: What are your thoughts about using social media platforms to market and promote your art? If you do use social media, which one(s) do you find to be the most effective for you?
Maggie: I wish I was better at selling myself, as it is not my forte, but social media has helped. I use Facebook, since the last 3 years and I know that I have made a few sales directly because someone has seen my work there. I also use twitter but have no idea if people buy my work because they have seen it there. I also post videos on YouTube once in a while that lets people see a compilation of my work at a time, often under a theme.
EWW: Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
Maggie: I think that I’m just a regular, down-to-earth person that attempts to express herself with photography and I think I have some important advice for others that may just be at the beginning of their journey.
– Let your work show who you are by being true to yourself in what you are showing others. The work of others may be really cool and inspire you, but you don’t want to be copying their work because that’s not who you are. When someone tells me “I saw this image and I knew it was yours without reading the name” it’s because my work shows my joys, my fears, my insecurities. It can be scary as what if they don’t like it? It’s risky, but you must do it to be proud of what you do. Otherwise, who cares?
– Remember that photography is about the light. It’s what turns a good composition into something magical. Wait for it; it’s worth it.
– You are never too young or old to start. I know a woman in Australia that started taking photographs in her 80’s. She’s going blind and wished she hadn’t waited so long. There’s never a better time than now!
– Sometimes you get moments where you fumble and can’t find yourself. Do it anyways. Often when things seem uninspiring, you will see the vision pop in your head while working. Maybe today everything you do goes into the garbage, but hey, tomorrow might be that day where it all turns out great.
– Just be aware. When you think there is nothing to take pictures of, really look. It can be in the street, it can be in the woods, it can be 3 feet from your desk. You’ll find it.
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