“Real people are my passion”
Based in West Sussex on the beach, award winning photographer Maria Scard is both a passionate and very experienced people photographer.
Whilst studying arts and life drawing, her tutors noticed her natural flare for photography and encouraged her to develop this discipline. Maria continued her studies and gained qualifications in both Media Arts and Photography. During that time, she travelled to Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, with a local charity, and produced images to raise awareness. Maria has been commissioned to work for other charities, travelling further to the slums of Mumbai, the shantytowns of Romania as well as orphanages and prisons in Malawi. Over time Maria realised the power of her images, telling the stories of the people she photographed. It was important to her to capture the emotion as well as the moment.
Maria is the official photographer for the prestigious on-line magazine Men Style Fashion. Following the publication of her images in Vogue UK, taken at London Collections Men and chosen by David Gandy, the UK’s top male model, to accompany his personal on-line blog, Maria’s presence in the fashion industry is fast growing.
Maria asks: “Do you See What I See?”
“So what enables me to see? Is it just about technology? Or about getting a college degree? Well it helps to have a reservoir of images to reference in my mind. I’ve studied media arts, textiles, fine art and graphic design; all have helped me see, texture, framing, composition and how to spot a leading line. Is it about reading loads of photography magazines and books, observing modern culture, keeping up with current trends and looks? Is it about having an understanding of great photographers’ work? Regularly seeing exhibitions, visiting galleries? I think it all helps. To name but a few: I’ve seen Cartier-Bresson’s retrospective in Paris in the rain, the crazy shapes of Miro, the glittering intoxication of Klimt’s kiss. I’ve climbed the steps of Gaudi’s cathedral in Barcelona, gazed in awe and wonder at his creativity, that’s something I‘m glad I didn’t miss. The bursting colour of Van Gogh’s beard in a street in Amsterdam makes you think you can reach out and touch his bristles with your hand. The majesty and scale of Monet‘s lilies, amazing to behold, standing under Jeff Koon’s towering giant dog made of flowers, so bold. Dali‘s melting clocks of unpredictable surrealism found by the Paris steps, an original Banksie on the Bethlehem wall; a dove with a target on its breast. They have all helped me see, real people are my passion.”
To fully appreciate Maria’s photography visit www.mariascard.com