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Meet Perla Maarek

Today we’d like to introduce you to Perla Maarek.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a French fashion photographer from Paris, ten years career overseas, and I am based in LA since almost three years. I started I was in my twenties, so pretty young and I can’t complain about the success I had in Paris and how fast it happened, that is how I managed to get my Visa that made me move here, because of my past career in France; I have been working for prestigious agencies, magazines and brands, and I am thrilled to leave now in LA and carry on doing photography. The light is definitely inspiring as outdoor shooting with natural light is my specialty.

Please tell us about your art.
I do fashion photography, I like to be creative, everything inspires me, especially light and nature (huge fan of the golden hours) and some types of feminine beauty, because it helps me escape from the reality, we all need to dream, the purpose of fashion photography is to make people dream. I like to show the details of beauty you don’t necessarily see. The message and inspiration are clearly romantic and poetry, I think photography is a pictural poetry, and that is what I hope people to take away from it. The main thing to know is that I create the dream. Beauty is everywhere, you just need an eye, a vision that helps you to focus on it.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
The truth is that yes it does becomes harder for artists and specially in big cities because as we are so many, LA market is very specific and saturated in fashion so it’s hard to impose your art, but I guess if that would be easy it wouldn’t be that exciting, or I would have probably stayed in Paris if I didn’t want to challenge myself. I think that the best way to encourage and help artists thrive is to finally make people understand that create art is work and that it does mean valuable labor and time, I did notice in LA people in the industry (models and agents mainly) constantly asking to work for free (which I refuse of course, that is why I had to put a note on my Instagram bio saying ‘NO TRADE SHOOT, DM for rates”), but they need to understand that it is not because we love our job that it’s not a job still, we have bills and rents to pay like any other people and our vision requires respect and it means not working for free (UNLESS we choose to for personal projects). Being passionate does not mean people should take advantage of it. And I am saying this for all artists in the industry, MUA hair dressers, models, stylists, etc… There is a quote that caught my eye somehow that said: “People love your work until they have to pay for it” that resumes it all pretty good.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My website:
My Instagram: @perlamaarek

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Copyright Perla Maarek

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