An Afternoon's Curiosity Led Me To You

An Afternoon's Curiosity Led Me To You

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Maggie Given

I’m nobody to someone.

I’m everything to somebody.

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“One morning I was on one of the subway lines out of the centre of Tokyo, it escapes me which one but I was lost in thought staring out the window. I spotted the age Tokyo dome and amusement park on the horizon and felt a super strong desire to go exploring. I jumped of the subway at the next stop and navigated the hustling streets to find the dome on foot. It was somewhat of a sensory overload, maze like cluster of buildings and rides and people. But in all the chaos I observed this lone woman, she had stepped away from her husband to steal a moment and a cigarette to herself. I hesitated at first but knew I had to get the shot. I took only one photo, this was it.”

Finer Space’s 2 penny worth:

What a wonderfully contrasting set. The perfect white socks set delicately above the sordid floor, the gleam of pink silk against the cold grey, the embroidered flowers amongst the concrete. There’s a delightful whiff of mystery surrounding this photo, as once again Maggie encourages us to form our own story around the partially seen figure.

Maggie mostly uses a precious older Nikon camera to shoot with film as opposed to digital. Film produces a slightly different feel to a photo - to compare the difference, see our other artist Douglas’s works, which are shot with a digital camera. We think the lovely tone, softness and grain of photos that have been shot with film suits Maggie’s aesthetic style and subject matter beautifully..

And just for the record, we’d love our smoking signs in Australia to look like as great as this one.

Where we’d hang it:

This piece. It’s such a beaut. It would look great in a contemporary setting – we’d lovingly hang it in our kitchen as a perfect imagination-inducer while we waited for the kettle to boil.


Your prints will arrive in strong, acid-free clear polypropylene sleeves or sheets. We’ll pop the artwork in it’s sleeve into a super-duper strong kraft mailing tube so that it survives it’s journey to you completely unscathed. For more info, see our Quality and Sustainability section.

We also include a card with the artist’s story, as well as their story behind your chosen artwork.

Upon receiving your print

Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling. There is likely to be a slight curl as it has been resting inside the postage tube. Gently unfurl. Keeping the print within it’s protective cover, you can carefully weigh each corner (for example, with a book), to help the curl straighten out.

When you do take the print out of it’s protective cover, touch only the edges of the paper, and lift the print by the opposite corners.

We do include a little ‘how to care for your print’ piece with every artwork, so if your piece is intended as a gift the lucky recipient will have guidance.

Wondering what to do next? See our Handy Tips page, and in particular our notes on ‘Where should I place my artwork?’, ‘To frame or not to frame?’, and ‘How high should I hang my work?’

See more of Maggie’s works here: