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BlipTalk with Photographer Marjorie Becker

Most of the vibrant photos you see flashing across the front of blipfestival.org were taken by this year’s official Blip photographer and blogger, Marjorie Becker.  Since she will be enduring the entirety of Blip Festival with her camera in hand, we took a minute to get to know her.

Blip: Before you got into chip music, what type of music or art were you into?

At the time I was listening to a lot of Fiona Apple, Bjork and Nellie McKay. I really enjoy getting to know what other people listen to as well. There’s a lot of different sounds out there so I never get bored.  

Blip: How did you first become aware of the possibility of chip music?

My first experience of chip music was seeing one of the first music videos 2 Player Productions made of a Pulsewave featuring Random. My heart still races when I think about how exhilarating it was to discover a new world that took technology and creativity to birth something that spoke to me both visually and emotionally.

Blip: Can you tell us about your process as a photographer? Are there things you look for or try to focus on more than others?

Instead of focusing on the perfect composition and lighting I strive to embrace the imperfections of an out of focus image or low-lighting. The risks that the musicians and visual artists take in their work provoke a challenge for me to capture that moment in the same spirit.

Blip: How does your background influence your current work?

I was schooled in traditional fine art photography. Photography for me was large format film, black and white, and hours in the darkroom with my chemicals and paper. The chip music scene inspired me to let go of trying to make a perfect composition and to explore a marriage of new and old technologies. I use a digital camera with an old fixed lens.

Blip: Can you talk about your blog, Chiptography? When did you start that?

One of my challenges is editing my work. I wanted to create an environment that would showcase my work in more of a gallery format, selecting certain pieces from the work I publish on flickr.com. The idea of the blog came to me this past September when I started a new job as a dog walker in lower Manhattan and I had a lot of time to use my dogs as sounding boards. The original name was “The Chiptune Chronicles” but my boyfriend suggested Chiptography one night over dinner and the name really stuck with me.

Blip: Where do you see yourself in the greater chip community?

I would really love to document the chip tune scene globally and perhaps one day make a book… if books still exist!

Blip: Who are you most excited to see at blip?

I just heard that Random will be there :)
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