“Dealing with my own mental health as well as knowing that being creative is utmost important in managing my mental health, motivates and inspires me to continuously explore my creativity and conceptual photography.”
Name: Marius Els
Art Materials: Canon EOS7D, InterFit Lighting Kit, Photoshop CC and prints produced by https://www.tapestry.co.uk/print/
Where does your inspiration come from?
One of my favourite past times is to visit and get lost in the galleries and museums of London, finding inspiration in the creativity, details and craftsmanship of all the wonderful artists through the ages. I think artists are automatically drawn to what inspire them and therefore I am inspired daily by life and objects around me. Dealing with my own mental health as well as knowing that being creative is utmost important in managing my mental health, motivates and inspires me to continuously explore my creativity and conceptual photography. I think it is also important for me to draw inspiration from my own life experience and all the elements that make me unique and different.
Tell us about your creative process.
I trained as a portrait photographer but for the last year and a half I have been passionate about conceptual fine art photography, expressing my thoughts and ideas in a surreal, colourful and theatrical way using digital manipulation and digital collage. Each project consists of research, planned modelling, props and landscape photo shoots from which I gather chosen images to create the final image. I also love getting involved with props, costume and hat making to put my personal stamp on the image. The whole process can be excited and even emotional as a lot of topics are close to my heart and personal. There is nothing subtle about my images with bold themes and colour that are strongly influenced by spending many years in the theater world. Each prop, subject, model and landscape is carefully lit, photographed and edited with blending filters and brushes in Photoshop to create the final result.
What is the story behind your artwork, if any?
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