Camera:Canon 5d mark3.
Photographer:Brassai, William Eggleston.
Hotel:I have yet to find a favorite.
Book:How should a person be - Sheila Heti.
Poems by WG Sebald.
Mariell Amélie (b.1988) is a London-based contemporary art and interiors photographer.
From growing up in a rural place, a small island above the arctic circle, Mariell Amélie got inspired at an early age to start pursuing photography.
Mariell now lives and work in London and regularly visit her home-town for inspiration and to create new pieces of work to add to her ever growing library.
Mariell Amélie does commissioned work within documenting, portraiture and interiors.
Aftenposten, Morgenbladet, VG, Kamille, ENO, Out of Step, N magazine – Norwegian Air Shuttle, Company Magazine, The Cell Project Space, Pace Gallery, Kinman Gallery, noshowspace, Rod Barton Gallery, Peles Empire, FIASCO, Kristian Aadnevik, Kirsty Ward, David Longshaw, Meli Melo, One Fine Stay, Nova Chiu, VOLT, Rankin, Lucy in Disquise.
04.10 – 07.10.2012 Group ex. Vyner studio (London)
25.04. – 11.06.2012 Solo ex. Notting Hill Arts Club (London)
23.02.2012 Group ex. Kjerringrock Festival (Bodø)
19.09.2011 – 07.10.12 Group ex. Annroy Gallery (London)
25.09 – 27.09.2009 Group ex. Cyan Studio (Oslo)
July 2009 Group ex. Reginedagene (Bø)
May 2008 Group ex. Galleri Apotheket (Stokmarknes)
-How did you start out professionally in photography?I have been interested in photography since I was very young, and realised after working as a retoucher for 2 years that I could make a career out of photography. I moved to London in 2009 and built experiences and a network since then.
-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?At the moment my usual setup is a Canon 5d Mark3 with a 24-70mm f2.8.
-How would you describe your style of photography?My personal work normally has a great deal of loneliness to them.
-You work in both the art and interiors sectors, how does your approach to creating change from personal pieces to commissioned work?With my personal work I can lock myself in and only think inside of my head, while with commissioned work you always have to talk with the client and make sure you are all on the same page. I enjoy both processes as I learn a lot from working close with other people, but working by myself as a one-man-band and with no distractions is my favourite way of working.
-What is your post-production workflow like?It depends on what project I am working on. Sometimes I only use Lightroom, its better for batch processing.
For most of my personal work I normally turn to Photoshop as this is the software that got me interested in the unlimited possibilities behind photography.
-What is your dream project?My dream project has been going on for nearly 10 years, and it’s just me being able to create and show the world the photos I have inside of my head.
-Do you ever suffer from creative blocks and if so how do you overcome them?Of course I do. When I first moved to London I got completely distracted by all the different trends in photography and I couldn’t think clearly. I tried to fit in to a style that didn’t suit me, and that killed my creativity.
Being bored is the best way of overcoming creative blocks. Just close the door behind you and turn off the lights. That is what works for me.
-Which other photographers have influenced you the most?I didn’t know anything about photography when I first started, but as I got to know more about different styles of photography and discovered Tim Walker I took the step and moved to London. I thought I wanted to do fashion, but it turns out it wasn’t close to my heart at all.
In terms of influence in photographic style I don’t really have any specific photographers that I feel particularly influenced by. Landscape is my biggest inspiration along with written texts.