Interview #35: Margaret Durow


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

Margaret Durow: I was always in pictures or taking them at certain times and places with my family . . . like birthdays, family trips, or pictures of my pets. When I got my first digital camera I started taking it with me everywhere and just loved taking pictures to remember everything. Then I started putting them on Flickr, which led me to see so many beautiful photos and helped me realize that taking pictures could allow me to take things from my life and create something new that could show I felt at certain times and about specific ideas.


CUS: Tell us a little about where you live.

MD: It’s summer right now so I am at home at my parents house in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. It’s a small town on beautiful Rock Lake. 


CUS: Did you study, or are you studying, photography? If not, how did you learn?

MD: I’ve had two photography classes throughout school, but I mostly learned just by taking and looking at a lot of pictures all the time.


CUS: What sort of themes do you try to explore through your photographs? Is there any one in particular in which you try to convey?

MD: Tensions, paradoxes, light, heavy, continuation, connected, cycles, balance.


CUS: What’s your favorite time of year and why?

MD: Summer; it’s warm and free and full of life and beauty.


CUS: What is your fondest childhood memory?



MD: Camping.


CUS: Describe your average day.

MD: Well it is summer now . . .  My average summer day includes sleeping until noon, coffee, emails, photo making, swimming or showering, smoking or drinking, laughing, joking, talking, music listening, staying up late.


CUS: What are five things you can’t live without?

MD: Sunshine, water, good food, laughter, music.


CUS: What is your favorite book and why?


MD: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss because it is honest, simple, true, important, and beautiful.


CUS: What would you say is the most important quality in an artist?

MD: Putting themselves into their work, showing something honest about what they feel.


CUS: Describe your most vivid dream.

MD: Pulling on my tongue to get nasty weird gum like stuff out from the back of my throat.


CUS: What is your favorite word?

MD: Delirious.


CUS: What advice do you have for your fellow up-and-coming photographers?

MD: Love everything.



Margaret Durow, b. 1989 from Wisconsin, USA

Ed. note: This is a selection of a CUS interview originally published in Dousee Magazine in 2010. 

Images provided by Margaret Durow. All rights reserved.