Louise Muscat from St. Paul’s Bay tells us about herself and her work..
How did you get started?
When I was a little girl I was fascinated by my professional photographer uncle’s work and his cameras. In his free time he used to love taking portraits of me, but I already knew way back then that posing for the camera was not my thing! I finally got on the ‘right’ side of the lens in my twenties, when, as I travelled around the world, the new and unusual sights I set my eyes on, kindled my desire to capture them with my camera.
Whose artist’s work are you most inspired by?
No doubt the work of photographer Steve McCurry, famous for his iconic portrait of the ‘Afghan Girl’ appearing on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic, and whose 2012 exhibition at St. James Cavalier I naturally went to see. I was also very lucky to meet him during his visit to Malta that same year.
Describe your work in less than 10 words.
Colourful and vivid.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
Travel Photography. I also like to try my hand at other genres if a subject or an idea arouses my interest enough.
Your favourite from among your own artworks?
A portrait of two little girls sitting on a doorstep in Chefchaouen, Morocco.
Where was your first exhibition held?
The first time some of my work was exhibited was at the Malta Photographic Society premises in Valletta.
What are you working on at the moment?
Some scenes from the Malta International Arts Festival. Travel photography being my preferred and most practiced genre, I am also preparing for my upcoming trip to Turkey where I look forward to some inspiring sights and subjects.
How long have you been a photographer?
Are you a morning person or do you come alive at night?
I’m a morning person.
How many coffees a day? Don’t embellish.
None – green tea for me please!
Sundays can be very productive for some and very unproductive for others. How do you spend yours?
I like to take advantage of the quietness of a Sunday to be more productive.
Wine and cheese. Yes or no?
If you were given a million euros, what would you indulge yourself with?
Travelling around the world – and lots of photographic equipment of course!
Favourite place to holiday?