Hello and welcome to my first blogpost!
I’ll be using this space on my website to keep you informed of what’s going on with my work and show you guys behind the scenes images on photoshoots, music videos etc. and some photographs of either personal trips, non work related portraits and a few Q’s and A’s here and there!
If you have any Q’s, please drop them over at email@example.com and I’ll answer the Q’s in a future post!
On this particular post, I would like to give you a wee insight of who this woman behind the camera is.
As my portfolio and social media really just shows my work, I thought it would be nice to start this blog to kind of showcase more than just my images. Show what’s going on and what’s coming up.
So let’s get crack-a-lacking!
As you can read by my logo, my name is Marieke Macklon, (Marieke pronounced as Ma-ree-ka) , I am a twenty-five year old freelancer, working from two immensely music, art and culture influenced cities, which are London and Liverpool. I found a way where I can work from two cities and build and grow my work and connections throughout the country.
I am originally from Glasgow, Scotland, but grew up in The Netherlands, where I found my love for photography.
Once I turned 17 and graduated from high school, I decided to move to Brighton to embark on this new chapter in my life and to grow my work and connections in the music industry and in the wonderful world of photography and art. Since the day I arrived in Brighton, I’ve been working with the most fantastic, creative, initiative, original and hardworking people in the music and art industry. I am constantly blown away by the talent and absolutely love that is being shared amongst us all. I really thrive on people’s enthusiasm and love for the arts and music, which I merge and infuse into my work.
I am a self taught photographer, that specialises in photographing portraits of artists, musicians, every day people and live music. At a young age, as early as I can remember, I’ve been influenced by music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70s, which where I was introduced to the photographers that photographed bands such as The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Faces, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac etc. Photographers that really grabbed my attention were David Bailey, Linda McCartney, Alec Byrne and David Hurn.
Their work really opened up a new door for me, where I was able to explore more, grow my work, learn new ways, explore various and unique compositions, taking risks, be more assertive towards my decisions as a photographer and become the photographer I am today. Those above mentioned photographers, as well as my family members, who grew up in those decades and photographed on film, inspired me to shoot on film as well as digital.
Mainly my grandfather Clifford. He had an insane eye for composition and light. His photos that he took off my mum and her sisters and my grandmother, plus his travel photographs, completely captivated me and inspired me to continue my interest and knowledge in film photography. Since a couple of years ago, I have introduced film photography into my professional work and I offer this to my clients.
Now, being the age of 25, I am extremely proud with how far I have come since I grabbed a camera for the first time. So far I have become my own boss, have worked with and met so many incredible talented individuals, who some of which have become my dearest friends, come up with various exiting ideas and turning those ideas and plans into reality, build and grew my business by connecting with multiple different hard working and enthusiastic companies and artists in the music industry and various other areas, leading photo teams, making big and important and not so important decisions, directing photoshoots, being a director of photography, collaborating with various of photographers, musicians, magazines, pr’s and other companies and so much more! It certainly is a cliché thing to say, but I’ll say it anyway! I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I have the best job in the world, in my eyes at least. The idea of being able to work and connect with people all over the world that share various of creative ideas and visions and that would like to work together and create, is just mind boggling amazing to me and knowing that I am part of that whole community, fills my heart with absolute joy. This job of mine is my absolute pride and joy and I cannot wait to see what’s going to happen and evolve next! The goal of one owning my own photo studio, publish a photo book, having my work shown in a gallery exhibition are certainly next on the list!
Anyhow, I’ve blabbered on enough..!
I would like to thank you for taking a few minutes of your day using it to read this post of mine. I appreciate it massively! The next coming weeks are going to be incredibly hectic, so hopefully I can squeeze in another post and keep you updated what’s going on! :)
A wee goodbye for now!