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VNDL: Give us five words to describe yourself.

MM: curious, motherly, tongue-tied, intuitive, & silly.

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Now describe your work in three words.

Personal, present, & honest.

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You did quite a bit of traveling in a Toyota Dolphin. How terrible was it?

I wouldn’t describe it as terrible. it was a long challenge, but it never failed to excite me.

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What is your favorite place you have been to? Place you really want to go to? 

Croatia was definitely a highlight of my traveling experiences, but it might just be because it was so different from anywhere else I had ever been. I haven’t done very much traveling yet, but I am very young, and my family could never afford to travel while I was still under their consent. I really would love to travel the whole world. Many of my goals for the future include traveling in some way, whether it be in the form of tour with my boyfriend or working with different organizations to help people in various cities & countries. I’ll be spending a month or so driving through the mid-west and I can’t wait.

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Favorite Quote?

I’m not sure if I could ever choose a favorite, but here are some recent ones that fascinated me so much I had to write them down:

“I began to get enormously interested in how everybody said the same thing over and over again with infinite variations but over and over again until finally if you listened with great intensity you could hear it rise and fall and tell all that there was inside them, not so much by the actual words they said or the thoughts they had but the movement of their thoughts and words endlessly the same and endlessly different.” – Gertrude Stein

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“And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Look past your thoughts so that you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.” -Rumi

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“I have crossed the seas, left cities behind me, followed the source of rivers and plunged into forests. I could never turn back any more than a record can spin in reverse. And all that was leading me to where? To this very moment.” -Jean-Paul Sartre

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Who is the one person you would kill to photograph? 

My grandmother, but she is already dead.

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Who would you kill to do so? 

God.

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Advice to other creatives/aspiring artists?

Listen with your ears, your skin, your eyes, your mind. Listen more than you speak, more than think, even. Meditate every day. Keep doing, creating. Don’t get caught up in talking about your art, because then you wont have any time left for making more art.

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What are you currently listening to/reading/watching?

Today I’ve been listening to Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, reading “Ways of Seeing” by John Berger, and i just watched the original “ocean’s eleven” from 1960…

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Where does your inspiration come from? Any emerging artists to watch out for?

My inspiration comes from the desire to connect with people, to establish community without boundaries and to help those I am able to.

There are so many amazing artists out there right now, I can’t even begin to list them here. I do however frequently share them through my twitter and my tumblr blog, so keep your eyes peeled on either of those or feel free to dig back because there are plenty already shared.

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Megan McIsaac is a photographer based out of Los Angeles.

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