We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthias Marklin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthias, how do you think about risk?
Risk can’t be eliminated from everyday life, but it is up to us to pursue certain risks and decide to take the leap. Last year I chose to leave the safety of my full time job to pursue my creative endeavors, and this calculated risk, scary as it can be, has pushed me in ways that I could not have planned. From the incredible people I have met to the loosely planned trips to beautiful destinations, I have found risk to be a way for me to embrace spontaneity and trust the process without knowing the outcome.
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 trace the origins of my photography passion to a three month trip I took a decade ago between high school and college. With 11 other students I traveled to remote areas high in the Peruvian Andes and deep into the Amazon Rainforest, staying with families and becoming immersed in the incredible culture of the area. Along the way I found a tremendous joy in capturing the everyday moments with my camera that made the trip so special, and felt such a strong emotional connection when I would go back and look through the photos after the trip had ended.
I came to realize that seemingly small everyday moments, when well captured, can elicit a variety of emotions in viewers. This has been my aim with my photography – I see it as a tool that shares how I see the world and inspires others to appreciate the beautiful moments that make life so incredible.
The career path of a full-time creative is certainly not easy, and I find that many of my goals involving where I would like to end up as a photographer are in the distant future, perhaps 10 years away. This gives me the space, however, to try different approaches and creative pursuits as I grow into a role that truly fits my personality. I have found that keeping a distant goal in mind is crucial to growth in the present, always pushing me to get out of my comfort zone and learn new skills along the way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Even though I recently moved away from Santa Fe, New Mexico, it is a place that I know well and love to share with my close friends. There is such a variety of things to do, from beautiful hikes through an aspen forest in the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the unique and creative experience at Meow Wolf. Most days would be spent exploring the city on a bicycle and would bring us to art galleries on Canyon Road and gravel trails that extend into the desert towards Lamy. As for food, no trip to Santa Fe is complete without something with green chile, whether that is a green chile cheeseburger or stew paired with some beer from the local breweries. The high road to Taos is always a favorite, and brings us into the southern end of the Rocky Mountain range. If we are feeling adventurous we might hike to the top of Wheeler Peak which is the highest point in New Mexico. Sunrise from that point is unforgettable, and you can look north into the endless mountains of Colorado.
The culture in Santa Fe is a big part of the charm of this little city, and there are numerous churches, old adobe buildings, and side streets that lend character and history to this place. Acequia Madre is one of my favorite streets to walk and meanders through a quaint residential area of Santa Fe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m grateful to have so many people in my life who support me and inspire me to continuously push my creativity in unexpected ways. One such person is friend and fellow photographer, Hayden Lynch, who I got to know at a young age and recently reconnected with. He has shown me the value of truly living in the present and the connections and experiences that unfold when you open yourself up to the world and those around you.
British photographer Finn Beales published a book titled “The Photography Storytelling Workshop” which I have found to be inspirational and outlines a technical foundation when it comes to not just capturing an image, but creating a scene that truly moves people. It has given me a sincerity towards my craft that focuses on quality work that I am truly proud of.
Matthias Marklin (Studio Marklin LLC)