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Megan is a 21 year-old Dutch photographer who absolutely adores ladybugs; so much so that her Deviantart username is the Dutch word for ladybug (Lieveheersbeestje). The name is the first thing that caught my attention, but then I saw her darling photos and could not resist asking her for an interview to which she eagerly agreed to.
Toonari Post (TP): How and when did you first start practicing your art (are you traditionally trained or self-taught)?
Megan (M): My interest in photography started a few years ago when I saw all the amazing photographs here on Deviantart. I did some research on the different cameras, and decided I wanted a Canon EOS 500D. After saving up the money I bought the camera and started practicing! I am mainly self-taught, with some help of photography tutorials.
TP: What mediums do you use for your art work? Which is your favorite and why?
M: Macro (close-up photography) is my favorite medium. I just like the details of an insect or an object that you can’t see that well with your eye, but can be enormous with a lens. I think that’s an amazing thing that you can achieve with photography.
TP: What piece of your work is your favorite and why? Which one are you most proud of?
M: I think “Way Up” is my favorite and also the one I’m the most proud of because it was one of my first macro shots of ladybugs and I had just bought my first camera. It has a lot of meanings to me.
TP: When you first started did you ever hit any bumps in your art process. What were they and how did you overcome them?
M: A few actually. I am a bit of a perfectionist so it can be really difficult, especially when you just started making photographs, and you see all the great photos on Deviantart. It can be a bit discouraging, but it also made me want to practice even more.
TP: Who or what are your inspirations and why?
M: All the amazing photographs here on Deviantart are a big inspiration for me. I also get my ideas looking at magazines and other photography websites.
TP: Have you ever had to deal with a situation where someone else took credit for your work? If so, what did you do to resolve it? How did this art theft make you feel?
M: I saw my photographs on a few different websites without a credit to me. It only makes me angry when the person says she/he made it. But on a lot of websites there isn’t an option to report the deviation/deviant as there is on Deviantart. So there isn’t really anything that I can do besides leave a comment.
TP: What is your favorite subject to photograph and why?
M: In the beginning I loved to photograph ladybugs, that is why I have so many ladybug pictures in my gallery. But now because there aren’t so many ladybugs in the winter, I try to work with small, cute items (jars, clocks, necklaces, etc.). And now I really love using those in my photographs too.
TP: How do you get the perfect shot to work when working with such a small subject or when photographing a moving subject like the one in “Splash”?
M: I always take many shots of one subject, so then when I upload them to my computer there just has to be at least one perfect shot. And sometimes I’m just lucky I think…
TP: If there was any art medium that you wish you could master, what would it be and why?
M: I want to learn how to take landscape photographs. I see so many beautiful landscape photos with a magical atmosphere around me, I really want to try this too.
TP: Outside of art what is your life like?
M: Photography is definitely my biggest hobby, but I also love to draw! Before photography I made a lot of drawings. And whenever I don’t feel like photographing, I draw. And I really love animals, I have had a lot of pets. My newest pet is my guinea pig, she is so sweet and I just love to cuddle her!
TP: What are your goals in life? Do you plan to continue art as a hobby or make it a career?
M: I am not sure yet if I want to make photography my profession. But if not I’m sure I’ll never stop taking photographs.
TP: Do you feel that your culture has influenced you in some way that makes you different than other artists?
M: Well I don’t really think I’m am very different than other artists, I just try to keep my work unique and try to do other things.
Image Courtesy of http://lieveheersbeestje.deviantart.com/