Its been a while since we’ve given you fashion. So today, not only are you getting a fashion fix, you also getting to view some awesome photography from Cape Town based photographer, Ashley Marie. Happy Friday!
Who is Ashley Marié and what do you do?
I’m a photographer from Cape Town, I shoot mostly fashion at the moment but am looking to get back into Fine Art again soon.
How would you define your style or art?
To be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sure how exactly I’d describe my style of photography. I’ve been told it has an ethereal element to it, which I like to hear as I like my work to look soft and feminine. I suppose one could say that that was my style? Soft, feminine, with a touch of etherealism. On the art front, I like to create what I shoot, and I like that to show in my work. If I make something I don’t mind, for example, if you maybe see the string holding that something together or any of that kind of evidence that one would normally perhaps Photoshop out, provided it fits and doesn’t distract too much. I feel like it gives the work a sense of relatable realism.
What inspires your work?
Many things. Art movements (Surrealism the most I think), fashion trends, theater books, music… I sometimes joke that can find inspiration in a blade of grass. I like the notion of a stream of consciousness and free association. It’s probably how I manage to be “inspired” by that blade of grass. I’m always open to it, to be struck with an idea at any moment, and prepared to have somewhere to write it down. Even if it’s the silliest idea ever, you never know, it might just end up sparking another idea. Ideas/concepts always go through a process of refinement and re-thinking, sometimes changing altogether, so I don’t generally shun any ideas however stupid they may seem at first.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m just busy on editing a recent fashion shoot I shot for a submission while planning some more shoots. I’m also working on getting my website up and running by the end of March. I do have a big project that some friends and I are working on but it’s still very much in it’s infancy. Thus far, it’s only an idea that we’re attempting to make a reality. And that’s all I’m allowed to say about it at present.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what
Never give up or become discouraged. Keep pushing. Life has it’s numerous setbacks, but it’s how well you’re able to bounce back from them that will determine your success. Grow a tough skin, people can be cruel – remember that art is subjective and not everyone is going to like what you do. That being said, if the criticism is constructive, listen to and take it into consideration. Let it improve you rather than discourage. Also, don’t ever compare yourself to others. Admire them and let them be an inspiration, but don’t try and be like them. You want to develop your own style, not someone elses.
Where can our readers follow your work?
My website is currently under construction, but in the meantime my work can be followed on: