We had the good fortune of connecting with Marina de Wit and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marina, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I work full time for an International Construction company and manage my Fine Art Photography on the side. Work life balance is super important to me and I personally struggled in the early days to stay on top of it all. Working a 40 hour week, busy family life, making time for photography, editing, admin, art sales, galleries and managing social media can be daunting to say the least and I would easily spend 8 hours working in the day and at least 4 at night to keep up with it all. This soon led to burn out and I had to really look closely how I managed my time and focus on the value add tasks. I do feel its important in the early days to put all the hours and hard work in, now I force myself to slow down and keep to work weeks to focus on my day job and weekends I dedicate to my art. I have really narrowed down my focus and dedicate my time to two collections at a time. 2022 is a year where I focus on my collections: Submerged in Dahlias and Dutch Inspired. Mentally I feel the pressure we put on ourselves actually slows us down, I no longer worry if I lack inspiration or motivation, when this happens I meditate and spend time in nature, sometimes it could be days, weeks or months, but I slow down and take it as it comes. Meditation has truly helped me to transition my thinking brain to a creative space where I can focus on calm, balance, peace and stillness, the practice has saved my life and I feel my career.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a self-taught fine art nature photographer and a dreamer at heart. My camera is my paintbrush, and together with natural light, composition and blur, I share my vision, through the lens. My ultimate goal is to have my photographs look and feel like classical art work that transports the viewer to a nostalgic place of mystery and romance.

I draw inspiration from the Dutch Golden age, the Old Masters Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh’s use of rich colours and textures and take great care to capture the essence of my subjects; especially those little intricacies that are so easily overlooked or often considered flaws. Childhood memories of my grandmother’s garden, discovering sweeping African landscapes and wild oceans continue to shape how I capture the beauty of the natural world.
I often remind myself that we’re an infinite product of where we’ve been, and as such I name the majority of my floral images after the many women, past and present, who continue to inspire me.

The early days of my career was spent in various gardens around Auckland, mostly focusing on individual flower portraits with the focus on capturing the true essence and beauty wether in flower or in decay.

2021/22 was a year where I truly started to experiment with lay flat arrangements and submerging flowers in water. I am a photographer with very little gear, I own a Nikon D750, a single lens and a wonky tripod so I try and make the most of my environment to support my vision.

Passion, curiosity and a dream has pushed me to where I am today, I am always look for opportunities where I can step up, speak up and show up in life and my career and I have big dreams of exhibiting in International galleries across the world.

An opportunity in 2019 to exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society In London was a standout moment where I received a Silver medal for my collection “Rose Garden” and have had the opportunity to exhibit in several NZ galleries and in New York during the Chelsea International Fine Art exhibition.

I feel its super important to have a focus or specific niche, mine is flowers. Be creative, ask questions, never stop moving towards your dreams, regroup and refocus often, be open to change and constantly try new things. Believe in who you are as an artist, there is no one like you…..don’t worry too much about social media, not everyone will like your work but make sure you do what you love and love what you do, every day and when it gets too much, stop and breathe and try again tomorrow.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would head to our local gardens, the Wintergarden in Auckland, gorgeous cafe. Eden Gardens again for a wonderful tour in an old quarry turned local garden and finally our Botanical Garden in Auckland. Art galleries, beaches and local cafe’s will definitely feature in our itinerary.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My printer – Print Art NZ, owned and managed by John Botton. Art is a combined effort and John has truly helped me transition my work from a screen to the most gorgeous fine art paper and canvasses. The team are true professionals and they are always ready with a word of encouragement and a smile. John not only provides a professional printing service but he is also dedicated to create a community of artists of all mediums and regularly arrange weekly “Open Mike” events where various artists gather for a wine and a chat whilst having the opportunity to learn and share. A massive thank you and shout out to an incredible professional team who I also call my art family.

Website: https://marinadewit.smugmug.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mdewitphotography

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marinadewitphotography

Image Credits
Credit: Marina de Wit

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