Fotografía joven en Londres (II): Mariell Amélie

Mariell Amélie, "She had just left forheaven, they said #3" (2011)

Mariell Amélie, “She had just left for
heaven, they said #3″ (2011)

Criada en una pequeña isla al norte de Noruega, cerca del círculo polar, Marielle Amélie se trasladó hace unos años a Londres, donde actualmente vive y trabaja como fotógrafa de moda. Actividad, ésta, que combina con la que ya desde la infancia es su pasión: sus “autorretratos de humores”.

Según la propia artista, el hecho de criarse como hija única en esa pequeña y despoblada isla la obligó a aprender a gozar de su propia compañía, es por esta razón que se siente más libre con los autorretratos que trabajando con modelos. Así sus autorretratos, que gozan de títulos tan poéticos como “She had just left for heaven, they said” o “Sharp retractable claws, and teeth adapted to killing small prey”, marcan una especie de hoja de ruta vital, sin la cual asegura Mariell que no podría vivir.

En un estilo aislado, frío y misterioso, Mariell realiza la mayoría de sus autorretratos durante sus breves viajes a su isla noruega, donde reencuentra la soledad y el silencio que marcaron su infancia. Sus retratos intemporales, inspirados en recuerdos y sueños, desprenden una aura de romanticismo del siglo XXI.

Mariell Amélie - she had just left for heaven 2

Mariell Amélie, "She had just left for heaven, they said #1 y #2"

Mariell Amélie, “She had just left for heaven, they said #1 y #2” (2011)

Como en el post anterior, os dejo un fragmento de la entrevista que hice a Mariell para el catálogo de la exposición colectiva “International Photo-Graph-East-in London” en The Vyner Studio, una actividad paralela al consolidado festival de fotografía de East London Photomonth:

 “Grew up on a small island, above the polar circle, in Northern Norway with her parents and a cat”, this is what we can read in the “bio” section of your website. How do you reconcile this peaceful origin with London’s maelstrom?

When I do my selfportraits I go back back to Norway. I find it hard to do my selfportraits in London because the buildings and locations is not like back home. The landscape and locations plays a big role in my portraits.

Do you think the polarity your Norway island – London is translated into your work?

After I moved to London my pictures changed a little bit. They look less naive and perhaps a little bit more cold. I miss my island when I am in London and I think that makes my feelings stronger as I am taking the pictures.

Mariell Amélie - finding home 5

Mariell Amélie, "Finding home #5 y #1"

Mariell Amélie, “Finding home #5 y #1” (2012)

Both your commissioned work and your personal ones consist mainly of portraits with a poetic background. What’s behind this halo, this “non-presence”?

I take pictures because I am not very good at painting or writing. It is my way of putting my feelings down to paper, and that is probably why my photos sometimes look a bit poetic.

The titles in your works are very poetic too, “Untitled” is not your stuff?

There is pretty much always a though behind all of my photos. I think a title makes the picture stronger and it makes people think more about what is actually going on in the picture.

What are the topics in your work?

A lot of my pictures are about waiting.

Mariell Amélie, "Finding home #2" (2011)

Mariell Amélie, “Finding home #2” (2012)

What is your working ritual?

I go home to Norway about 3 times a year, this is when I try doing most of my self-portraits. I visit old buildings and I bring my dad to help me out most of the times, as I don’t drive myself and sometimes its good having a person to test-shoot on before I go in front of the camera myself. I do like being by myself when I actually take the picture though. Before a self-portrait-shoot I plan a few outfits and I have a few ideas, but never an actually planned shot. I have to feel the house or the landscape and see what would be right to do just there and then.

Texto original en el blog ‘Historias de Arte’.

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