The 'Creative Ladies' series features words from females creating wonderful things. To tie in with the recently released High Tide collection, we're talking to ladies who are inspired by the coastline, first up is Maddison...
Hello! Introduce yourself and what you do.
Hey! My name is Maddison Araceli and I am an Analog photographer based in Cornwall, UK.
What is your background? How did you get to where you are now?
I grew up in a very creative household, so I think a creative profession was always on the cards for me.
Although, I really think that the people you surround yourself with, will ultimately define who you become. I've been lucky enough to have some truly inspirational talents as friends over the years and without their style, passion and support, I don’t know if I would have been making the work that I am today
In what way do you find inspiration from the UK coastline?
I think the sea will always reset you wherever you are but there’s something very special about the UK coast. It's unruly, wild and unpredictable and I think that’s what’s so inspiring about it. Every time you visit you see something different and what you see isn’t always picturesque. With the changing seasons also being so prevalent here in the UK, the scenery is always rich with new colours, tones and textures and there's forever something new to take away from a trip to the coast. If nothing else, it really clears the head when you've spent too long editing at a desk
Fave place in the UK and why?
I really don’t think I've spent enough time exploring the UK and I still have a lot of incredible places to tick off my list. However, I think my favourite place so far, has to be Tremayne Quay on the Helford Passage. I have an amazing memory of camping out on its secluded quay, seeing a sky full of stars reflected perfectly into the river below encompassing us in a mass of stars. We even saw a meteor shower that night; so for that reason, probably there for now!
What is the most important thing you have learnt in your creative journey so far?
That dreams don’t work unless you do. Being freelance in a creative profession has really taught me that you have to run off your own steam and, if you don’t do put the work in, no one else is going to pick up that slack. So, at eleven at night, when the desk lamp is still on and your eyes are getting bleary, it’s important to remember that that time still belongs to you and your overtime will always come back in favour.
Who do you find inspiring?
I’m constantly in awe of musicians for their ability to inspire an instant change in mood, so a good song is always my main source of inspiration for a shoot! I'm currently listening to a lot of Nick Cave, I find his work really parallels the British winter and reflects those deeper, wilder tones and landscapes.
However, this may sound cheesy, but I think sometimes your best inspirations are found a little closer to home and my partner Kaas has taught me an incredible amount about perseverance and hard graft and I can’t be sure that I wouldn’t have bottled the idea of going freelance, if it wasn’t for his support and daily inspiration. So, there’s a huge list of empowered creatives; skilled craftsmen, artists and musicians whom I could still mention, but I think this title belongs to him!
What’s the best piece of advice you would give to other creative ladies?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and advice from other women in your line of work. Be inquisitive and surrender to the idea that you don’t know everything and that’s okay. It’s not treading on anyone’s toes and actually, having that support network around you can be the most invaluable thing when it comes to going freelance in a creative sector.
And finally, any big creative plans for 2018?
I have so many pipe dreams in line for 2018 but I think an important one is going to be spending more time developing and creating my personal work. It’s very easy to shoot for everyone else and put your own ideas on the backburner, so that's a big one for me. I don’t want to lose sight of my ideas.
To see more of Maddison's work, visit her website here : www.maddisonaraceli.co.uk
Follow Maddison on Instagram here: @madds_araceli