Laura Marii is a young photographer from Australia with magic in her heart and images dancing through her mind.
“As beautiful as it is to achieve evoking a deeply sad emotion within someone through imagery, I’d always like there to be a lighter, positive emotion that envelopes my pictures and the eyes which see them. I always want what I’m doing to be a positive movement. There are some careers which only have a negative impact on the world, be it a small or large scale. I feel with creating beautiful pictures and documenting precious detail, my outlet while I’m on the earth can only be warm and happy and lovely. I don’t wish to hurt anyone, simply. So if i could control my future, that is the one thing I’d like to be certain of; to bring goodness and give only goodness.”
“I capture it by not just seeing it, but feeling it.”
“It all has been the greatest. and i think it all always will be. Even the struggles are the greatest, they are shaping me as much as success and happiness are shaping me.”
“I have to burn the creative energy I have swirling like crazy around my insides… it’s madness. In an instant I can loose it too, though. so I hold onto it when it’s filling me up and I go out and execute my ideas and plan the next things I have been dreaming of in a frenzy before i hollow out again.”
“What keeps me going is my mindless need to do it. There is no process or logic or divine purpose, it is reckless and spontaneous and I can’t reign it in with control (as much as i’d like to sometimes).”
“So I must. it’s what i am here for, it’s what I am breathing for.”
“I really love everyone I’ve worked with so far, they’ve all had such a spark of good nature and warmth and I think that’s what attracts me to them in the first place. because you can feel that in pictures.”
“I can read emotion in people’s eyes in their pictures. so I steer clear of models who exude that arrogant air, they stand out harshly because of that and I find it hard to imagine photographing them, let alone actually doing so. I would never choose a model (I personally find uninteresting) based on status or reputation to get me further or to get me more ‘noticed’ because we need that connection…”
“If I can’t feel it, I lose passion and enthusiasm for the pictures we are taking together. Because it is a ‘together’ process. It’s not them posing like a stiff board so I can get some shots, it’s something they can give to me, and I can give to them.”
“Light and colour and texture are just so delicious, it feeds my soul more than anything else, and to capture them feels like bottling sunlight and keeping it under your pillow; glowing warmth that is yours to keep now, but also yours to share. Photography is how I share beauty and give something beautiful to others, strangers or lovers, when everything else I do fails me.”
“Every story is just different and mine is approached freely and energetically.”
“The first step is being happy with the lighting of my images so that it is already emulating the feel I want for the picture in the first place, before I’ve begun editing. the rest is minor tweaks with curves. On average I work on an image for 5-10 minutes. I just have rich colours and shades that I really love, so I bring them out in an image, but never force it. I make sure they’re there in the first place. my aesthetic is nothing excessively contrasted and stark, or neon and saturated in colour. nothing too artificial, I like to keep things feeling very real.”
“Retouching depends on the feel and style of the set of images. For instance, work that is more fashion heavy, the model’s skin is flawless in the final image. for my usual work, and especially with my new series ‘with earth’ which is very raw, there is little to no retouching involved. the difference is knowing where it’s necessary, and knowing where you should leave it alone.”
“It would be great to see photography go back to its roots a little more. have it more about the subject, the content, the emotion, the patience, the imperfection.. that split second instant that determines whether a photograph is good, or phenomenal. all of the aspects that make photography a craft, that’s what I would like to see recognised again. These days if something doesn’t work out for a photographer (and i’m not tarring everyone with the same brush here, it’s an example only) they’re happy to photoshop the missing link(s) in. The outcome may be beautiful, yes, but it is not genuine. the artist behind it then begins to fall into the medium of digital artist, rather than photographer. again, let me say, the patience behind photography is just as much the ‘art’ of it as taking a wonderful picture is. it’s about not settling for an okay shot when you could wait a week for the right time and have it turn out perfectly.
It excites me to see that there seems to be a lot of celebration for the art of photography at the moment in youth. a lot of teens are picking up their cameras and putting down their phones. i think image collective sites such as Tumblr and Pinterest have really helped that enthusiasm grow, where kids start realising that they’re not just appreciating the object or the cute boy in the picture, but they’re appreciating the picture itself for being simply beautiful and perfect in their eyes.”
Quotes taken from email conversations with the artist.
A self portrait by Laura
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