“Photography is one of the things that makes me happy, confident and myself. I can express myself through my pictures and create my own style. In the years of taking pictures I have gained great new friends, learnt more about the photography business, set myself new goals and ideas.” – Marieke.
We caught up with her and asked her some questions about her photography and outlook.
Personally I particular like these two. I’m assuming you took these digitally, but they have a film quality to them, possibly the colours. What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow.
Thank you! Yes I did and I’ll be brutally honest with you when I say that I shamelessly used an iPhone and Instagram to edit the images. I was at my father’s cottage that weekend and I forgot to bring my camera with me, so I used my phone instead. These images were used at a photo exhibition and I let the guests guess what kind of photo device I used to photograph the photos. I was in shock when most of them said a Canon 5D Mark 2 or some other brand of camera, when I told them that I used my iPhone, their faces were in absolute shock. It made me realise how easy it is for people to take high quality images with just a phone camera, instead of using a professional camera. I don’t like that realisation at all. So I try to avoid using my phone, when taking pictures and use my camera as much as possible.
Name the gear you couldn’t live without? What’s on your wish list, kit wise?
Ooh, that’s a difficult question! I could definitely not live without my dear old Nikon D300s. It was my first non-amateur camera, which I bought with my savings. So that camera is very dear to me. When it comes to my wish list, its totally different story. Any photographer has their list of cameras and equipment that they are dying to have. Even though my knowledge about the names and numbers of cameras/equipment isn’t my strong point, I do have a couple of cameras on my wish list that I wouldn’t mind having. Such as the Canon 5D Mark 3 or the Nikon D800. May I add, that I love Nikon as much as I love Canon. I love both camera brands equally as much. Even though I don’t own a Canon camera, I have used the Canon 5D Mark 2 a couple of times during my year as a photography student and I absolutely adored using it. Also I nearly forgot, I definitely won’t be able to live without this old Olympus film camera that my dad got from his parents for his 20-something birthday. He passed the camera on to me and even though it doesn’t really work anymore, it is very dear to me.
I’m a sucker for nature/outdoor photography, tell us about your American Adventure. When you’re looking at scenery like this, what makes you want to document it? Tell us about that.
Yes me too! Definitely when it comes to landscapes you don’t normally see in the UK. I did a small North Californian road trip with my family two summers ago. We rented an 8 person caravan and drove from South Lake Tahoe via San Francisco and the sea coast to the mountains, where we stayed at this amazing camping location called Dinky Creek (Near Fresno). Whilst being on the road, we encountered so many amazing places, roads and landscapes. Basically my jaw was so numb at the end of the trip, having my mouth wide open through out the whole trip, because the scenery was so beautiful. People who haven’t been to America, underestimate how amazing and beautiful the country is. When I look at that kind of scenery, the reason for me wanting to document it, is because once I leave a place or an area with a view that you know you won’t be seeing again soon, I need to keep on seeing it. I just have the urge to document it and then look at it for hours and hours afterwards. Doesn’t have to be straight away, it can be a week or a month or so later, that I’ll come across a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge and just look at it. Also the book ‘On the road’ by Jack Kerouac has inspired me so much that I’m dying to go back to the states and drive the ‘On the road’ route and photograph that trip, road by road, city by city. I’ve also seen the movie, and the places, landscapes and the scenery that is being shown in that movie are just insanely beautiful.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Does your work reflect theirs to any degree?
Tom Leishman, is an award winning photographer, who I just adore. I’ve been following his work for years and there is no photo of his that I dislike. His work mainly evolves around band shoots, live music events and fashion. I really look up to him and his work. He’s a photographer that keeps his work simple, fresh, clean but somehow interesting, inviting, magical and effortless. We live in a generation that photography is available for everyone, so it’s very easy to fall into this box where it’s almost impossible to have and create your very own style of photography. (in my opinion) So I try to avoid reflecting my work with other photographers. As much as I love Leishman’s work and I would love to have his style of photography, I can’t imagine me taking photos with a style that I’m not familiar of. I can’t even see how that is possible. Each photographer to its own. I believe that every photographer has its own style, but can change, develop or adapt over time, but still manages to keep their style of work to his/her own.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
As I’ve described in question 3, definitely the book and movie ‘On The Road’ by Jack Kerouac. Once my eyes were locked on the movie and the book my mind started filling up with ideas for new photography projects.
Imagine yourself in 10 years time, where are you, what are you doing and who are you with?
Ooh, well I would like to imagine myself living in a big loft in San Francisco, driving a 1949 Hudson car, filled with my camera equipment. Driving to my next photography assignment, (can be a wedding, a music event, a fashion photo shoot etc.) And with who will I be? Hopefully accompanied by a pug or a French bulldog and my partner. How cliché that all may sound, I wouldn’t mind seeing myself in that kind of situation in 10 years time.
If you could photograph anything, what would it be and could you give a reason why?
I would love to photograph the actor Garrett Hedlund, who plays the role of Dean Moriarty in the movie ‘On The Road’. And the reason why is because he has this certain look that gives off familiarity, but mysteriousness at the same time. He has this face that gives women around the world week ankles and the men face envy. He’s also very good looking so he’ll be a fantastic add to my collection of portraits.