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Mobile Photography Intimate interview with Violet Martins from Brazil


Our seventy third interview in this series of intimate interviews is with talented mobile photographer and artist Violet Martins from Brazil. This is a compelling interview, infectious with its subtle embodiment of reflections and effervescent images. Enjoy!

To read the other published interviews in this series including artists, Adria Ellis, Rino Rossi, Mehmet Duyulmus, Alexis Rotella, Lou Ann Sanford Donahue, Irene Oleksiuk, Kerry Mitchell, Filiz Ak, Dale Botha, Lisa Mitchell, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah McMillion, Rita Colantonio, Amy Ecenbarger, Jane Schultz, Anca Balaj, Joyce Harkin, Armineh Hovanesian, Kate Zari Roberts, Vicki Cooper, Peter Wilkin, Barbara Braman, Becky Menzies, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Sarah Bichachi, Michel Pretterklieber, Alon Goldsmith, Judy Lurie Whalberg, Andrea Bigiarni, Sean Hayes, Oola Cristina, Kathleen Magner-Rios, Linda Toki, Deb Field, Emilo Nadales, Lydia Cassatt, David Hayes, Jean Hutter, Frederic Deschênes, Mark Schnidman, Fatma Korkut, Fleur Schim, Rob Pearson-Wright, Dieter Gaebel, James Ellis, Marco P Prado, Jeronimo Sanz, Manuela Matos Monteiro, Bleu Chemiko, Manuela Basaldella, Stefania Piccioni, Luis Rodríguez, Marilisa Andriani (@mitrydate) Mayte Balcells (@artofmayte), Nicole Christophe, Jennifer Graham, Cathrine Halsør, Paul Toussaint, Carol Wiebe, Julie Denning, Kim Clayton (@berleyart), Karen Messick, Serap Utaş, MaryJane Rosenfeld, Paul Suciu, Susan Latty (@pause.and.breathe), John Nieto, Phyllis Shenny, Joy Barry, Max Lies Derdonk, Rita Tipunina and myself, go here.

All images ©Violet Martins

What was your earliest childhood ambition?

To have a sister, it never happened.

First Recognition?

That there were very poor people living in Brazil.

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First Job?

English teacher.

Private or State school?

Private school.

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University or work?


Who was or still is your mentor?

My Dad was my mentor.

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How physically fit are you?

I’m almost paralysed.

Ambition or Talent. What matters more to success?

Ambition. Talent to make friends and spread happy moments.

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How politically committed are you?

No political parties, my Brazilian family was too into that I backed away.

What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?

I would like to own enough to help my babes.

What is your biggest extravagance?

I am a Prada freak.

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In which places are you happiest?

At home I’m happy and at class.

What ambitions do you still have?

My ambitions are in my health issues to be able to enjoy my growing family.

What drives you on?

My babes and my grandchildren drive me on.


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What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?

Achieve to reinvent myself after a bad marriage.

What do you find most irritating in other people?


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If your twenty year old self could see you now, what would she think?

She would think that I survived.

Which object that you’ve lost do you wish you still had?


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What is the greatest challenge of our time?

Challenging our grandchildren not to use phones all the time and connect visually.

Do you believe in the afterlife?

Yes in a way I do.

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Portrait of Violet Martins by ©Carolyn Hall Young

If you have to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?

Score 7.

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