EAC Friday Feature: Carly Masiroff

Friday Oct 14th, 2022


10 Questions with Carly Masiroff

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Carly Masiroff

-written by Nat Richmond

We live in a day and age where moments seem more fleeting, leaving it imperative for all of us to be more intentional about protecting and appreciating the simple things. Through photography, we are able to pause time and really take notice to the simple things that make life worth living. Whether it's the change of the colors on the leaves, the smile of a baby, or the eye contact of newlyweds. Carly has encapsulated many moments with just the power of her camera, allowing for her clients to hold on to these most cherished moments forever. In this interview, I was able to learn more about this talented artist and get a glimpse of her process for creation.

When were you introduced to the Art of photography?

I've always loved taking photos. I remember my first camera was this little, slim rectangle thing without a zoom and with film that looked like opera glasses that I thought was so cool. I took so many close ups, different angles and even some “selfies” before they were cool.

What's a work that has left a lasting impression on you?

There is a photograph that a friend actually took of me watching the changing colors in the trees on a hike one day. I edited it to look like a dream because that’s what it felt like watching those trees.

What's one word you would use to describe your photography?

Genuine- I’m not the best by far, but I hope my photography always shows the subjects genuine nature- that’s what I aim for.

How do you feel that your works affect others?

I hope it elicits a warm smile. I try to capture the joy and beauty in the world- whether it be laughter or bright colors or a flower coming up through a crack in the concrete. When a day is dark, I hope my photography can bring a smile or a comfort that there is some brightness coming.

Can you name one song that encapsulates the energy of your shots?

“What Makes You Beautiful” One Direction ???? Its corny, I know. But so many people are afraid of taking photos and put it off until they’ve missed the moment. I wish more people knew what made them beautiful.

How do you overcome creative fears or doubts?

Honestly, I don’t. I doubt myself all the time. Even when asked to do this interview, I put it off because I thought it must have been a mistake to have asked me. My support system gets me through when I can’t get past myself. I’ve also been starting to talk to more local photographers and that is helping as well.

How would you like to evolve over the next 10 years?

I would love to edit less. I used to cover up so much of my photography with big edits that made the photo look cool- but took the purity out of it. I’ve definitely gotten better- but I’d love to get to a point that it is just a few minor tweaks and not fancy filters or presets.

How would you like to see your artistic contributions impact Erie?

I’d love to elicit more joy in Erie. If my art can help, then I would love to spread it.

Any advice for upcoming photographers?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. I hid with my camera for many years. I still do to a point. Get out there and elicit some joy.

Any final thoughts?

Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone a bit. I feel honored to have been asked to share.

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