Artist Statement

My father gave me a Brownie camera when I was a child growing up in Syracuse, NY. Since then, I've been intrigued by the magic of capturing a fraction of a second and preserving it in print. That moment includes emotion, design, persuasion, inspiration, and a basket full of other messages. Does the viewer see what inspired me? Or do they see something completely different? And why do they see it a particular way?

I approach photography often from a spontaneous place. Rarely do I set up a scene and carefully compose it for the perfect moment. Primarily, I go by instinct, capturing an image that speaks to my subliminal mind. Only later, while examining the images, do I understand what compelled me to capture each one. Many of them happened for only a moment before disappearing. I may have been riding in a bus or passing through a crowd or turning a corner, and there it is -- ready for me to make it last for years.

When I took my first real photography class in Pensacola, my community college instructor told me I'd never become very good. Well, hold my beer. I graduated with honors from UCSC, doing my studio work in photography. Typically, life compels us to follow our passions. When we do, it's a sure path to happiness.

Location

1169 Whispering Pines Drive, Scotts Valley, CA, USA

Phone
831-234-4009
Email
donna@maurillo.com
Website
https://www.facebook.com/DonnaMaurilloPhotos
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