In conversation with Hanne Steen
All Hold Hands
Hanne Steen: What first drew you to photography? How did it all start for you?
Martha Fleming-Ives: My grandfather was an amateur photographer. Although a minister by profession, he loved photography and painting. He lived by the beach in St. Andrews, Scotland and enjoyed photographing his garden, the sunset and our family. I remember he would always direct us while shooting our portraits or family pictures. He took it very seriously and was the first person I knew to use the camera with an approach beyond simply documenting candid moments.
HS: What did you think of that at the time, as a child—his directing you while taking your photograph? Did it feel like a special kind of attention? Did it forge a bond between the two of you that has shaped your process as a photographer or how you relate to your subjects?
MFI: At the time, I remember his precision always frustrated me and I would make silly faces to rebel against his direction. However, now that I am the photographer behind the camera directing people and requesting certain poses, his attention to detail and desire to get the best shot is something that I deeply admire.
Full interview in Issue Three, which you can purchase here.