Interview #30: Maggie Lochtenberg


CUS: First of all, the most standard question in the book: how did you get into photography?

Maggie Lochtenberg: I got into photography because I wanted to document my life for my future kids. I love looking at old photos of my parents and I want my kids to think I’m interesting [laughs]. I started with digital but soon fell madly in love with film photography, specifically Polaroids.


CUS: Tell us a little about where you live.

ML: I live in Hermosa Beach. It’s a really cool beach town and birthplace of some really good music. I love having access to a beautiful beach and seeing amazing sunsets like the one happening now!


CUS: What did you have for breakfast this morning?

ML: Toaster Strudel!


CUS: If you could photograph any person (past or present) who would you choose?

ML: Mia Farrow. (1968 Mia) I love her look.


CUS: What kind of camera do you enjoy using the most?

ML: I like all of my instant cameras but my Polaroid 600se is my baby.


CUS: Your dream photography equipment?

ML: A Hasselblad with a Polaroid 100 back!


CUS: What is your most treasured possession?

ML: My giant treasure box. I know that’s cheating but it’s filled with all my treasures (photos, cameras, love notes, secret exciting things, records, etc…)


CUS: If every photograph should contain one key element, what would it be in your opinion?

ML: Mystery.


CUS: What is your favorite time of year and why?

ML: Summer because I finally have time to breathe.


CUS: What’s your fondest childhood memory?

ML: Feeding raisins to possums that had fallen into our garbage bins, and then setting them free and running to the safety of our trampoline in case one day they decided to run after us.


CUS: What do you think the world will be like 50 years from now?

ML: Hopefully it will be smarter. Fearfully more corrupt.


CUS: What’s have you always wanted to photograph but have thought was too hard or difficult to execute?

ML: A huge series of shoots, each of a different era (1920s, 1950s, etc..) There would be like 20 people and they’d all dress accordingly and cooperate perfectly.  


CUS: What was the last movie you saw in the theatre?

ML: The Lovely Bones.


CUS: Who, or what, is your biggest influence?

ML: Hmm I really like Sally Mann. She is probably my biggest photographic influence.


CUS: Our last interviewee, Ella May Bailey, wants to know: Do you find your best shoots are the ones that are planned, or ones that are more impromptu?

ML: That depends. The unplanned ones are more magical when they come out well. But the planned ones usually result in a brilliant satisfaction. A planned shoot means that it has been boiling inside your head and you finally made it reality- which is an awesome feeling. 


CUS: Last but not least, what would you like to ask our next interviewee? 

ML: Do your photographs reflect your mood at the time? In other words are your photos meant to be visual expressions of your emotions?

Maggie Lochtenberg from Los Angeles, California


Images provided by Maggie Lochtenberg. All rights reserved.