Though Margaret Durow came of age surrounded by digital sensors, the twentyfour-year-old Wisconsinite prefers the aesthetic of 35mm celluloid. Inez & Vinoodh discovered her work on Instagram and praise her lighting and the feeling of "solitude but not loneliness.” Durow’s pictures don’t follow the "hard, flashy, and straight-on” quality of much contemporary photography; the photographer’s romantic pictures focus on quiet moments to convey a feeling rather than just an image. Echoing memories from her childhood along the shores of Rock Lake in rural Wisconsin, water is often the central character in her moody landscapes and foggy vistas. Various portraits reveal her curiosity in playing with form: we see Durow through a hazy color double-exposure, reading on her bed in a black-and-white frame reminiscent of Nouvelle Vague films, or as a puzzling fragment—nothing but legs.
Last year, Durow self-published a collection of black-and-white photographs under the title Ephemeral Springs. Her interest in photography is directly tied to her awareness of the natural environment and life’s cycles; she is a burgeoning scientist with degrees in biological conservation and environmental studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a recent internship cataloging plant specimens for the Wisconsin State Herbarium, Durow is planning to combine her interests in memory, images, and biology through further studies in library science—an appropriate calling for someone who desires to record, recall, and retrieve memories. —The Editors