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VNDL: Describe your work/process.

FM: I like things to be spontaneous and in the moment. I prefer stylized and trendy portraits but lately I’ve been aiming for much more subdued, relaxed photos. I prefer shooting with film, at dusk, with a pretty girl. I’m hoping to do more editorial shoots soon though. I usually keep things during a shoot very relaxed until I think I need to see a certain pose or expression, and then I ask the model to do it.

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What have you been up to recently (trips, projects, work)? 

I’m working on a long-term project involving girls who like pizza (seriously). I’m hoping to visit Montreal by train and Boston by bus in late spring to do some shooting and visit people I love.

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Favorite Quote?

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”

― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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Advice to other creatives/aspiring artists?

Realize that originality is overrated and that the best thing to do is soak up as much as you possibly can – from other photographers, movies, music, your love life, the Internet, whatever – and be as authentic as you can possibly be and pour yourself into your work as much as you possibly can. This is just a paraphrased version of what Jim Jarmusch has said in the past as well.

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What are you currently listening to/reading/ watching?

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Beach Fossils, The Embassy, The Avalanches, and My Bloody Valentine. Just finished reading Outliers and The Tipping Point, both by Malcolm Gladwell. Starting American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis, hopefully in the next couple of days. I’ve been watching an unhealthy amount of Hell’s Kitchen, Girls, Workaholics, and old horror movies like Suspiria, The Thing, and Evil Dead II.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

The dream is to shoot a lookbook for a respectable brand I love. Not sure who that might be yet. Hopefully I’ll also be financially stable enough to cop a Mamiya 7 unless film dies out before then.

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Who is or where does your inspiration come from? Any emerging artists to watch out for?

Most of my inspiration comes from the movies I watch and photographer friends’ work I enjoy. Lately, I really love photos by Natalie Kucken, Lissy Elle Laricchia, Jon Stars, Rio Noel Zumwalt, Julian Berman, Nick Suarez, Jon Duenas, Parker Fitzgerald, and Chadwick Tyler.

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Francisco Marin is a Photographer based out of New York City.

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