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In her series “Findings” and “Wave-Light,” Megan Hershman’s abstract photography uses light to create celestial shapes that we recognize—in some cases because they began as Christmas lights.

Megan Hershman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She was born and raised in Miami, and earned a BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art.

All images © copyright the artist, all rights reserved.

TMN:

When do you know you’ve begun working on a series?

Megan Hershman:

For me it’s a bit of a process. I don’t consciously think about working on new or different work. It just happens organically.

TMN:

Did you own a Lite-Brite as a child?

Megan Hershman:

I did!

TMN:

Which branch of science attracts you the most?

Megan Hershman:

Astronomy.

TMN:

Favorite constellation?

Megan Hershman:

Aries.

TMN:

Where is the least desirable place to live?

Megan Hershman:

Arnhem. It’s in the Netherlands.

TMN:

When are you finished with a picture?

Megan Hershman:

I photograph with a large-format view camera, which means I always shoot with 4x5 negative sheet film. I never really know what the image is going to look like until I pick it up from the developer. It’s the best part of the process for me. So I suppose it’s finished when I get the negatives back.

TMN:

What time of day do you prefer to work?

Megan Hershman:

I need complete darkness to photograph so usually I work at night.

TMN:

Why photography?

Megan Hershman:

I think photography has a way of being incredibly mystical, the way an image is slowly revealed to you in a darkroom is amazing to me. But lately I have been thinking about my work in terms of a built environment, and what it would be like to possibly create actual spaces that mimic the photographs I make in the studio.

TMN:

What’s your favorite household appliance?

Megan Hershman:

This is a tough one, but I’m going to go with my coffee maker.

TMN:

What does “abstract” mean to you?

Megan Hershman:

Abstraction is a place or a thought that is not fully understood, an attempt at something new.

TMN:

When was your first airplane ride?

Megan Hershman:

I was 10 I think. Family trip to New York!

TMN:

Does art always contain mystery?

Megan Hershman:

No, not always.

TMN:

Coffee or tea?

Megan Hershman:

Coffee in the morning, tea at night.

TMN:

Scotch or nothing?

Megan Hershman:

Gin.