The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego, founded in 1983, possesses an international reputation of excellence through its presentation of high quality exhibitions, lectures, publications and films.
The MOPA Store has been in it’s current space and making everyone’s photography wishes come true since 2000. With a wide variety of fun cameras, classic monographs, custom crafted jewelry, and unique apparel that is sure to bring out the inner photographer in every visitor.
We had a quick chat with Kristie, who shared some insights about the museum and her love of photography!
If you were a Lomography camera, which would you be and why?
The Petit Noir Mini Diana. The name reminds me of noir films, dramatic and mysterious.
What is something that has been an inspiration to you lately?
Talking to our visitors is an inspiration. Their enthusiasm and excitement about photography rubs off on us and vice versa.
Kristie’s Advice of the Day: Don’t forget your sunscreen!
If you could take your camera anywhere in the world and shoot for one whole day, where would you go?
I would go underwater off the shores of Guadalupe Island for some cage diving. My dream is to take photographs of the great white sharks in that area. One day I will make it happen.
What is it about analog that you like so much?
Analog sets you free. I think it’s very easy to get caught up in the technical side of photography since new digital cameras come out every second. Using film with Dianas and Holgas takes some of the control out of your hands and produces fantastic, unexpected results.
What’s the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked by a customer?
The weirdest question has to be “What’s film?” or “Do they still make film?” It’s surreal to think that some kids don’t know what film is which is why it’s good that Lomography is keeping it fresh.
If you could have any wild animal as a pet, what would it be and why?
A baby alligator. I would keep it in my bathtub and take it on walks. I don’t know why no one else thinks it’s a good idea.
What is the strangest Lomographic moment you’ve ever had?
My co-workers bought me the Mr. Pink Diana for my birthday. I went to the beach one day and shot half a roll. The next weekend I took some friends to the San Diego Zoo. When I had the roll developed I realized that I forgot to advance the film and one of the frames was double exposed. I ended up with a photograph of a couple of my friends lying out in the sun and also getting trampled by elephants…
If you could time travel to one time and place in history, when/where would you be?
I would love to travel back to the 1860’s when people were first producing “spirit” photographs. This was actually an accidental double exposure but since the Spiritualism movement was on the rise and there was money to be made by communing with the dead, spirit photography became a quickly growing business.
What has been your favorite exhibit at MOPA so far and why?
My favorite exhibition at MOPA so far is Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography. The artists featured in this exhibition were Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Jerry Berndt, Bruce Davidson, Lee Friedlander, Danny Lyon, Garry Winogrand, and Ernest Withers. Most of the photographers drew their inspiration from Robert Frank’s photographs of America which show a less than idealized view of society at the time. This new group of “Street” photographers focused on a stripped down view of America in the 60’s. During a time of so much radical social change it must have been very empowering to be a photographer. The exhibition is currently on view at the Knoxville Museum of Art until August 5, 2012. http://www.mopa.org/streetwise
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