Barbara Mazz [bmazz]
How and why did you begin to be creative?
Inside the box just never really made sense to me. Even when I was a young kid I was always about painting my face and making up stories. I attribute that to spending a lot of time alone. You need to find ways to entertain yourself within the confines of your own mind.
Does spirituality contribute to your creativity?
I have my own special brand of spirituality, but I don't subscribe to a deity or a religion. I think something that personal kind of has to affect what you do.
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
I have a flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/electricporcupine/ and I have a tumblr for my photography as well: http://bmazz.tumblr.com
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
I have been doing photography seriously since my sophomore year of highschool (I'm a senior now). I started with your vanilla black and white film class.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
The most significant thing I've done with my photography is get published in Schmap Boston, a travel guide.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
I put thought into where I'm going to go but I let things happen naturally from there.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
I collect cameras, I have about 30 or so, but I primarily shoot with my Olympus E-520. I have two lenses: a 14-42 f3.5 and a 40-150 f4.5-5.6
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
There is no magic learning to be done there. It's all trial and error.
In moments of tension, what techniques work in calming the mind?
Sleep is the great problem solver for me. "Never go to bed angry" is the worst advice ever. Sleep on everything.