Female Film Photographers You Should Know: Beth Maciorowski
Beth Maciorowski is a brilliant film photographer from Western Massachusetts.
In her photographic work, Beth explores experimental photography through double exposures, film soups and alternative films creating totally unique and magical worlds. She constantly finds the extraordinary in the ordinary and draws inspiration from nature, good music and the world around her.
♦ How would you introduce yourself to someone who just met you?
Hi I’m Beth, I like taking my camera outside and trying to capture a little magic.
♦ What is the memory that you most fondly remember from your childhood?
Playing at my grandparent’s house with my sister and cousin, turning rooms into makeshift stores and riding bikes around the neighborhood.
♦ Who were the most influential people during your teens and how did they influence you?
I would say all of the bands and artists I loved were my biggest influence in my creative world.
♦ How did you get in the world of analogue photography?
As a kid, I was fascinated by cameras and film and I first learned on my parent’s Pentax K1000 which I still have.
I learned black and white developing and printing in high school.
♦How would you describe the photography you do? What is your work focused on?
I love to experiment with film and do all of my manipulations in camera or with the film. Double exposures, light painting, long exposure, film soup etc. Most of my work has an element of nature and I like shooting outside. A lot of my work is autobiographical and sometimes combines my poetry, which was my first creative love.
♦ Are you working on any photographic project at the moment?
I have been working on some new film soup recipes and made a lot of work throughout the pandemic which I am still sorting through.
I also have some film to try that I never have before.
♦ Is there any photographic project that you would like to do but have not done yet?
I would like to try more alternative processes, large format, print making and more conceptual work.
♦ Which camera and which film do you use the most in your photography and why?
My favorite camera is an old Nikomat, it is pretty heavy so I don’t carry it around with me as much as my various Canon Rebels.
Holga will always be a favorite as well. I like to shoot really low ISO film, redscale, slide film cross processed and very expired black and white film.
♦ Who are your biggest influences?
♦ What’s the best advice you would give yourself when you started in the world of film photography?
Don’t think, just shoot.
Find more about Beth’s Work?
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/bethmaciorowski/