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A Minnesota native, Marija Majerle describes herself as “very introverted” and often retreats into the wilderness to escape the drain from being around large groups of people. Being in the forest, alone or with a close companion, is as good as it gets for her, she says, adding, “I like to think that this observational side of me makes me a better photographer as well.”
PHIXATIVE: What kind of cameras do you use?
Marija Majerle: Film-wise, I use mostly a collection of point and shoot cameras I’ve picked up at thrift stores. I like that they are small and easy to carry, and if one gets damaged I’m not broken up over it.
How long have you been a photographer?
I got interested in high school and played around with some cheap digital point and shoots, taking pictures of friends and things I found on walks around the neighborhood or, often, in my own backyard. I have a lot of pictures of my mom’s flowers and our cats from back in those days. I got more serious in college, and as a freshman got a job in the photo department at the University of Minnesota’s student newspaper, The Minnesota Daily. It was a lot of trial and error, even figuring out how to work the damn cameras, and I shot a lot of crap before I managed anything decent. Every day was a challenge in the best sense of the word. Approaching strangers, especially, never became easy for me, but I gained a lot of confidence in the process.
Do you self-develop or where do you go to develop your photos?
Any advice for film photographers starting out?