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Whenever someone is trying to capture an image upon a camera, have you ever wondered what it is they are actually trying to achieve? Would it be something instinctual, perhaps? Or even mesmeric? Better yet, would it be anything like those amazing pictures my mate Deborah Divis took. Go on. Have a look-see for yourself, when you check out the following interview I did with her only the other day.

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1) What are your own origins, Deborah? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to where you are today?   I am a photographer from Southern California, who got my start with the D20 Girls group. I attended conventions and started with a point and click camera.

Sir BatmanAmongst cosplayers and photographers it became important for me to have a female perspective . I saw that cosplayers, Larpers (Live action role players), and Renaissance Fair goers could use a way to express their fantasy ideas and characters . I started at the Conventions I was attending then proceeded to Renaissance Fairs, concerts, personal shoots, and this last year 'Wasteland' weekend.

My heart lies in bringing someone's vision , either mine or my model's, to visual completion. I am self taught and my biggest advantage lies in continual practice. I take 1 to 35 photos a day... minimum.

2) In your own words how would you describe your style of photography?   Fantasies Muse was based on the concept of bringing fantasies, characters, and art to life. Costuming and imagination combine to bring forth shared visions and ideas. To me a photo contains a part of a person's personality and perspective. As a collaborative effort between models and I my desire is to bring our visions forth.

3) What have you learnt about yourself via this endeavour? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with along the way?   One of the main things I have learned about myself is that photography is my best method of communication. It allows me the ability to show the world as I see it. My biggest obstacle has been myself and realizing my own limits. I don't have the huge budget or education of others 

4) If your attitude towards taking pictures was an actual song, what song would it be and why?   "Illusion" by Vnv Nation.

5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your snaps, what person would you get, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   My dream celebrity to do a shoot with is Tori Amos -- she has been my favorite musician and I have so many shoot ideas.

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6) What was the best convention you were a part of?   My favorite Convention so far is Anaheim Wondercon. Every contact I have made there are amazing, plus the all around community is friendly, kind, and great photo subjects.

7) Same question as above, but worst convention you were a part of?   My worst was more poor experiences, than necessarily a bad convention . I try to make the best of each experience.

8) During your time in this field, what piece of advice would you want to impart on a fellow photographer?   My advice to fellow photographers is to find a method and subject that interests you most and chase your dream. Costuming, props, and photo additions do not always require a large budget just a large imagination. Thrift stores will become a great source for you too.

9) If you have a personal motto, what would it be?   "Continue to chase visions as sometimes your dreams are the only thing that will keep you going".

So there you have it, dear reader. My good pal Deborah and her life as a photographer. I'm sure when you have the time you will check out her facebook and twitter pages. Go on. Snap-Snap. Because she really does has a wonderful eye for images. 

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