A&L: Describe the first photograph or piece of art you made? When was that?
LM: The first photograph I remember taking was in 2002. I was a freshman in high school taking a color photography class at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). We were just taking pictures of things we brought in. I brought a plastic magnolia flower. The classroom didn’t appeal to me as a background, so I photographed the flower inside a blue plastic bag. The photograph is dreamy. The light filtering through the bag makes everything look soft. It’s like a flower underwater. It sounds really dramatic for a first photograph, but my instinct has never been to document reality.
A&L: Who and what have inspired you as an artist?
A&L: When and why did you start photographing food?
A&L: What do you think of David Lynch’s food sculpture photos like Clayhead with cheesy turkey and ants? I see some similarity in your food landscapes to his art.
A&L: Who are your photographic influences?
A&L: Can you describe your photographic process? How long does it take for you to shoot one of your food landscape or food art images? How do you set-up your food landscapes?
A&L: What’s next?