GMARO Magazine - Interview & Madi Browne
GMARO MAGAZINE MAY 2019 ISSUE #09 COVER PHOTOGRAPHED BY Madi Browne.
Photographer: Madi Browne @madibrownephotography
Model: Linda Rosenberg @im.linda.rosenberg
Model Agency：Priscillas @priscillasmodels
Styling：Madi Browne @madibrownephotography
Give me a brief description of your career trajectory - professionals trained or not, opportunities that led to breakthroughs.
I started taking photos of my uncle's old film camera from a really young age. It’s pretty much the only career I’ve ever wanted so I feel really lucky to have landed my dream job. I did study. I did a degree in Fashion Promotion and Imaging in London, where I specialized in photography. Although it was a great experience and I learned a lot about the industry, I really expanded my skills and developed my own style when I moved back to Sydney and started test shooting as often as I could. I love being on the beach, so combining the two worked really well for me, I had a lot of fun getting creative with it and trying out a ton of different things to see what I liked and what worked. I would contact modeling agencies and models on Instagram and the more people I worked with and the better my work got, eventually people just noticed. I think getting the opportunity to shoot over in LA and Miami last year was a massive step forward in my career, I was really stoked with the work I created out there and it definitely got peoples attention.
Who’s work inspires you to push the envelope creatively and why?
Cameron Hammond is my all time favorite photographer, I’d be surprised if at any point I’ve put together a mood board that didn’t have at least have one of his images on it. He captures his models in such a naturally beautiful way, nothing is overly posed or forced. He takes those sexy swimwear images in a different direction and creates this combination of fun and innocence in each shoot. He is a massive inspiration to my work. Brydie Mack and Cameron Mackie are also two of my favorites.
In your free time, what kind of pictures do you like to shoot and which ones do you avoid?
I still do a lot of test shoots in my spare time. I'm constantly inspired to create new editorials, so I love working with new models and getting to bring some of those ideas to life, especially in the summer when the weathers great and you can just head down to the beach and shoot all day. I do a lot of landscape shots too, recently I got a drone so that’s been something I’ve been having fun experimenting with.
Shoots I avoid. . . probably weddings and family stuff. I have done a few things for family and close friends but it’s something I try to avoid for sure. There’s always a lot of emotions involved and therefore a lot of pressure, it’s also very tricky to give direction to people that aren’t used to being in front of the camera, especially when there are screaming kids running around. Plus the reason I love photography is that I get to be creative, there’s only so much you can do in these situations, so it’s not that enjoyable for me.
What makes an image iconic?
An image you remember. With Instagram and Pinterest now we see hundreds of photos a day. To me, an iconic photo is one that stands out, that makes me feel something, that inspires a shoot, that at the end of the day, I remember.
Since the photography techniques and equipment change quickly, it is important to stay up-to-date. What do you do to always keep up with the times?
This is kind of a weird question for me because I still use the same SLR camera I bought in my first year of uni 8 years ago, and an old 35mm film camera I got from a charity shop not long after, so I definitely, haven’t kept up-to-date with technology and I don’t necessarily think it’s that important. I think it’s much more important to know how to use the equipment you do have and have the eye to create something beautiful.