“There is no doubt Marika has a special talent to capture a moment and knows how to
use a camera. But what I found more striking is that Marika is doing what the Fauvist did in their days. She brings back the color at the center of her work. Color becomes as important as the object itself. It triggers emotions that goes beyond the scene. It gives another dimension to the emotions of the moment captured. It makes a much deeper impression as the omnipresence of the color takes you away from the simplistic pure reality of the picture. It stimulates another zone of feelings, whether we realize it consciously or not. On some of them it’s even like a dialogue between what says the subject and what the color will answer by make you feel another way.
Stimulating and connecting emotions, isn’t what art is about?”
I come from an artistic family of musicians, sculptors, writers. I had my first camera when I was ten year’s old. On every possible occasion, I took pictures of my family and friends. What I enjoyed most was catching people in their everyday life. In my late teens, I started wondering the street of Paris taking pictures of people in the streets. I would then shut myself up in a dark room. I remember the excitement when I discovered what I had shot.After 15 years of working in finance, I decided to put an end to my career and started what I had always wanted to do as a child:photography.My career took a turn after a trip in Kolkata. I was there on a photo workshop with an American photo-journalist. This trip was a huge culturel and emotional choc. I was overwhelmed by this city. I spent a few days walking around Kolkata not being able to take a singlepicture. During one of my errands, I came across an amazingmother living with seven children on the street. She had so muchdignity and humanity. This encounter upset me deeply. I spent 5days with them sharing their daily life and capturing photos of everymoment. It was a lesson on humanity. I tried through my photos tocapture their strength, their joy although their life was so precarious.
When I came back from Kolkata, I realised I wanted to continue discover the world, the people, capture people’s emotion, and soul, document their everyday life and reveal their hopes and dreams.
I keep looking for something magical and candid to photograph. I wander in the streets, trying to be invisible, looking for something beautiful, funny, unexpected, surprising or ambiguous, trying to capture what Henri Cartier Bresson called “the decisive moment”, when everything comes together in a perfect moment, and you hit the shutter.
My Abbey Road", Hong Kong 2018, Edition N°2, Total: 30 Editions (N°3 to N°30 on order),
80 x 120 cm, 9.000 HKD
Colors of Harar, Ethiopia 2015, Archival Pigment Fine Art Print, Edition N°1, Total: 30 Editions (N°2 to N°30 on order), 50 x 65 cm, 3.200 HKD
Purple Wind, India 2012,
Archival Pigment Fine Art Print,
Edition N°3, Total: 30 Editions (N°4 to N°30 on order), 50 x 65 cm, 3.200 HKD
The Boy and the Dragon, Cuba 2015, Archival Pigment Fine Art Print, Edition N°5, Total: 30 Editions (N°6 to N°30 on order), 50 x 65 cm, 3.200 HKD