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Hail Mary, Her Photographs are Full of Grace

She is young & talented and talented & young. Her photographs would undeniably justify these reversible descriptions. Seeing her stream of film photos entrances you into a dreamlike fantasy: inspiring, magical, vivid, and sometimes haunting in a lovely kind of way. And just like a wonderful dream, you'll want to go back to sleep again and again so you can dream more and, maybe, assimilate right into the beauty of her color negative stills itself. Mary Robinson, you make our eyes swoon.

Tell us something about yourself.
I’m Mary Robinson. I’m 17 and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m going to be a senior next year and I plan to apply to art school this fall.

How/When did you begin taking pictures? What was your first camera?
I started taking pictures about a year ago when I dug my mom’s old Canon AE-1 film camera. Before that, I used disposable cameras.

Describe your style in photography. What are your usual subjects and themes?
I mostly photograph my friends. I have a few really good (and photogenic!) friends that live close by. If I’m not taking pictures of my friends, I’m photographing my little sister. She’s very sweet and let’s me pour bubbles on her, write all over her body, make her bathe in glitter, lie in the snow, etc. If I can’t find anyone to take pictures of, I’ll photograph my pets. I’m interested the most in portraiture.

Amongst your numerous film photographs, which is your favourite?
My sister is one of the easiest people to photograph because of her patience and sincerity about everyone and everything. She’s never uncomfortable in front of the camera and she poses very honestly. I love all of my photographs of her.

We all have our idols, which photographers do you look up to?
One of my favorite photographers from Atlanta is Tierney Gearon. When I first started to show an interest in photography my mom’s best friend encouraged me to go hear Tierney Gearon speak at the High Museum downtown. Her “Explosure” Series inspired me to experiment with double exposure photography. Sally Mann is another great photographer that I look up to. Like Tierney Gearon, she takes amazing portraits of her kids.

If you could take anyone’s portrait using film, can be living or dead, who (would it be), which (camera would you use), and why?
I know this is probably a really cliche answer, but I’d love to photograph Audrey Hepburn. She’s one of my favorite people and has always inspired me. Her look is timeless and classic, and she is still an icon today as much as she was back then. I would probably just stick with my Canon AE-1.

Analogue vs. Digital. What makes analogue/film photography more special than digital?
I will always like film photography more than digital. I don’t know what it is about digital that I can’t grasp, but it’s always been too complicated for me to work with. Film is so much simpler. I also love the look of film. The grain, the imperfections are so much more beautiful than the perfect look of digital.

A lot of people are into photography today, what would you say to them to inspire them more?
Don’t get stuck in your comfort zone. Explore photography. Don’t be afraid to try different things; go for it and the results will surprise you.

Do you have any ongoing/future projects?
I have a few ideas I’m working on but it’s a secret!

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written by basterda

38 comments

  1. lomodirk

    lomodirk

    pretty cool portfolio :)

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  2. discodrew

    discodrew

    Amazing and so inspiring. Love it.

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  3. naomac

    naomac

    Great Interview, and photo's Mary.

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  4. novakmisi

    novakmisi

    great photos !!!

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  5. wallflowersforjane

    wallflowersforjane

    great feature! i have been following her for awhile and her work is pure magic.

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  6. lighttomysoul

    lighttomysoul

    gorgeous portfolio!

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  7. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    great photos !

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  8. miss_lisa

    miss_lisa

    very inspiring!

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  9. laurasulilly

    laurasulilly

    Wow! I'm wondering which kind of camera and film are used for the pictures? Looks very vintage, so great!

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  10. ghostcode

    ghostcode

    I love your photographs Mary, beautiful.
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  11. trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    trash-gordon-from-outer-space

    Beautiful pictures. Do you have a lomohome?

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  12. chuo104

    chuo104

    Cool!

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  13. nicolas_noir

    nicolas_noir

    Oh god, I think I might as well just give up! My photos at 17 were terrible! And they're not much better now! Trumped by a 17 year old! Granted she's fantastic by a feel like a has been!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  14. susielomovitz

    susielomovitz

    amazing work! wonderful porraits.

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  15. j_robert

    j_robert

    fantastic portraits

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  16. infinitegalaxy

    infinitegalaxy

    So dream-like and beautiful... How can you look at all her albums?
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  17. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Really, really wonderful... like our next Imogene Cunningham!!

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  18. warning

    warning

    I heart it!

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  19. stickyvinny

    stickyvinny

    Great photos!

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  20. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    Awesome, you go girl! :)

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  21. blackiechan

    blackiechan

    amazing!!

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  22. basterda

    basterda

    Thanks for the lovely feedback, everyone! I have just convinced Mary to make her own LomoHome. Here is her link: www.lomography.com/h(…)aryrobinson - give her a warm welcome and enjoy her photographs! Welcome to the community, Mary. :)

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  23. vicuna

    vicuna

    Great portfolio, very sensible pictures... makes me think at the spirit of Sofia Coppola's beautiful movie "Virgin Suicides"...

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  24. katzpe

    katzpe

    Wow

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  25. jblaze823

    jblaze823

    great work, and beautiful photos

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  26. javihacefotos

    javihacefotos

    very nice photos!!!

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  27. luckychair

    luckychair

    Beautiful photographs, very dreamy. Well done, Mary!
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  28. bigphilly808

    bigphilly808

    LOVE love LOOOOVE!!!!! can't believe your only 17!!! keep up the awesome work!

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  29. anwa

    anwa

    Your work is beyond beautiful. Ahh, film envy here :)
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  30. panelomo

    panelomo

    heavenly photos indeed!

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  31. horaciorv

    horaciorv

    nice interview !

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  32. basterda

    basterda

    Thanks all! Mary has her LomoHome: http://www.lomograph(…)aryrobinson

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  33. toyam

    toyam

    If somebody wants to read the translation of the article to Spanish, the link is:
    Si alguien quiere leer la traducción al español del artículo, el link es:
    http://www.lomograph(…)s-de-gracia

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  34. nicnocnoo

    nicnocnoo

    Beautiful!

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  35. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    beautiful! she's really young & talented and talented & young!!

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  36. werner

    werner

    wunderbar!! ....what can I say...

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  37. so_r3tro

    so_r3tro

    you deserve all the best
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  38. so_r3tro

    so_r3tro

    you deserve all the best
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