#7 Un­leash your cre­ativ­ity

Practical Photography (UK) - - 10 Clicks -

TAK­ING INSPIRATION FROM A QUOTE BY Amer­i­can poly­math Wil­liam Arthur Ward – “If you can imag­ine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can be­come it” – Ma­rina de Wit (mari­nade­wit.smug­mug.com) pro­duces some­thing rather mag­i­cal in her im­ages of flow­ers that take on a unique, painterly beauty.

“I’m a self-taught fine art flo­ral pho­tog­ra­pher, in­spired by the work of Claude Monet and Vin­cent van Gogh, and a dreamer at heart. I use nat­u­ral light to cre­ate flo­ral im­ages that tell a tale of ro­mance and nos­tal­gia. My cam­era is my ‘brush’ and my ‘paint’ is Pho­to­shop where the use of Curves, Lev­els and Gra­di­ents helps cre­ate the dark moody flo­ral im­ages.

I love rich colours and tex­tures and take great care to cap­ture the essence of my sub­jects, es­pe­cially those lit­tle in­tri­ca­cies that are so eas­ily over­looked. Most of my im­ages are cap­tured in and around Auck­land, New Zealand, at the Win­ter­gar­dens. I ded­i­cate my work to my grand­mother, and my flo­ral im­ages are named af­ter the many women, past and present, who con­tinue to in­spire me.

“Self-taught artists face var­i­ous dif­fi­cul­ties along the way and I am grate­ful to all who have en­cour­aged me to be­lieve in my­self, to push a lit­tle harder, to learn some­thing new, to go out and meet peo­ple, to stand for my­self and be proud of my goals, to help oth­ers, to be kinder, to give back, to share, to cre­ate, to serve, and in turn to in­spire oth­ers.”

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