Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Angela Marklew: Ahead Of The Curve
Angela Marklew is a young, L.A.-based professional whose photography is playful, ironic and full of unexpected elements
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Beyond working with Halper, Marklew continues to look at magazines that she would like to work for, like Vogue, Vanity Fair or Genlux, and keeps abreast of new ideas and techniques. "I feel that if you surround yourself with really great images, you'll create really great images," she explains, though she warns budding photographers against merely duplicating what they see in the glossy pages on the newsstands: "I think it's important for photographers that are starting out to not get caught up in mimicking other people's styles or jumping from trend to trend. I think it's important to just do your work and do what you like and shoot it the way that feels right to you because eventually someone will pay attention. If you're jumping all over the place, you can never really develop a style if you're just mimicking whatever is popular at the moment.
"There are a lot of trends that I really like, so I try and incorporate some of that stuff into my work, but there are a lot of trends that I don't like and I never want to incorporate into my work," she says with a sheepish laugh, then earnestly continues, "I think you just need to pick and choose."
The result of Marklew's dedication to her own style and personal preferences has led to several bodies of work that evoke different styles, emotions and ambiance that appropriately reflect the concept or subject at hand while simultaneously revealing her careful and creative approach. She seems capable of presenting any type of fashion story or editorial with a unique flavor, while her clients undoubtedly will be confident that the final product will be professional, beautiful and appropriate in theme and grace.
I love shooting avant-garde and couture clothes and just things that are very structural. I love how you can tell a fashion story and it's not like a narrative thing, it's just kind of like a feeling—like you're shooting a feeling.Marklew admits that one of her proudest moments was when Halper called her after her internship to tell her that he thought she was coming into her own as a photographer. He may be ahead of the curve, but the rest of the industry certainly will have Marklew on their radar as one of Los Angeles' leading fashion, beauty and editorial photographers in no time, no matter what flavor she brings to the table in her next venture.
See more of Angela Marklew's photography on her website, fstopinertia.com. Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler is a photographer, writer, artist and educator. Visit www.amandaquintenz.com.
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