Shoot the Breeze: Miranda Barnes

Miranda Barnes is a New York photographer who has been taking pictures since her senior year in High School. Upon being gifted a digital camera, she opted for shooting on film, using disposable cameras instead. She says she rarely leaves the house without a camera, and that her favorite subject to shoot is simply ‘life.’  Combining her passion for Photography and Criminal Justice, two majors she is actively pursuing at Pace University, Miranda hopes to one day become a forensic photographer. In her free time, Miranda runs things at Brown Girl Movement, an online collective for young WOC in the art world. Miranda also happens to be the Youth Representative and Documentary Photographer for the Women’s Caucus for Art at The United Nations. We’re proud to feature her work here. – MG

1.Why do you take photos?
It’s the little things. Being able to freeze a moment in time or see something in my head and execute it in real life is so beautiful to me.

2. Do you carry your camera with you everywhere you go?

Yes. I’ve made the mistake of not and always miss perfect moments.
3. What celebrity would you like to shoot most?
Rita Hayworth, Keira Knightly, or Lupita Nyong’o
4. What animal would you like to be, if not a human? 

My dog Samson has a pretty good life. Free food, no rent, cuddles and kisses all the time.
5. What is your favorite smell?
Chanel no 5, my mom’s pumpkin bread, and clean laundry.
6. Would you like to live forever?
Definitely not, sounds terrible.
7. What do you think is the best photo you have ever taken to date?
There are pictures that I really like, but I don’t think I have a best photo just yet. I guess it depends on who is viewing it.
8. What’s your favorite pastime?
Watching black and white films.
9. Do you like having your photo taken? 
Always flattered, never like the way they come out.
10. Who are your favorite photographers, currently? 
Katie McCurdy, Olivia Bee, and Osma Harvilhati.