Blog 1606 Marlen Stahlhuth Paperboats Suriname Diary Artist Of The Month

Frame of mind's artist of the month: Marlen Stahlhuth

Meet Marlen Stahlhuth, freelance photographer and contributor to some of the most notable European publications like: MATERIAL GIRL, INDIE Magazine, MTV, Vice and Blonde Magazine.

While Marlen’s resume reads like a stock list at a newsagent, her impres­sive images have a dis­tinc­tive col­or­ful style which make it easy to see why she’s becom­ing one of the movers and shak­ers of this generation.

Liv­ing in Berlin, Marlen has estab­lished a huge fol­low­ing on her per­son­al lifestyle blog, Paper­boats, and con­tin­ues to pro­duce unique cre­ative projects for impres­sive clients like Vogue and Glam­our Mag­a­zine. Bless­ing the Neubau Insta­gram with her cre­ative tal­ents, this month Leni is pro­duc­ing still lifes that will be pub­lished on our social media out­lets. Learn more about the inno­v­a­tive dyna­mite that is Leni Paper­boats in our inter­view below.

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When did you first begin shoot­ing?
I start­ed shoot­ing main­ly because of my blog. It then evolved into street style shots, which all of a sud­den peo­ple were will­ing to pay mon­ey for. Only lat­er did I get to shoot edi­to­ri­als. My absolute favorite is still shoot­ing doc­u­men­tary shots.

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Why did you choose pho­tog­ra­phy as a career as opposed to some­thing con­sid­er more tra­di­tion­al’?
Once peo­ple began offer­ing me mon­ey for street style shots or want­ed my event pho­tos for their clients, I became aware that I could pos­si­bly make a liv­ing of it. Pho­tog­ra­phy as a job doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly mean shoot­ing wed­dings and pass­port pho­tos, which I always thought it meant!

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What is your dream col­lab­o­ra­tion?
I like shoot­ing for mag­a­zines like INDIE much more than Vogue. How­ev­er, I would love to work with Dazed & Con­fused, Toi­let­pa­per or LOVE mag­a­zine. I real­ly enjoy work­ing with peo­ple more than work­ing with mag­a­zines, so my per­son­al projects have a high­er rel­e­vance to me. At some point I would like my pho­tos to be like art with peo­ple buy­ing them for what they are with­out me hav­ing to adapt to clients.

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Ulti­mate sum­mer des­ti­na­tion…
I always try to have sum­mer! I trav­el the world in a way that I don’t have to expe­ri­ence win­ter and it’s get­ting bet­ter every year. This sum­mer will be spent in Japan with my absolute favourite trav­el­ling com­pan­ion Kira Sta­chow­itsch! It’s not easy to find some­one to spend 247 with but she’s one of the few peo­ple I can stand for long amounts of time.

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One thing you owned as a child that you wish you could have right now…
Some­times I wish I would have a day or two with­out any respon­si­bil­i­ty, where there is noth­ing I have to do. No email I should send, no phone call I should make, no super­mar­ket shop­ping, no flat clean­ing, absolute­ly noth­ing! Wak­ing up with no duties on my mind would be ide­al, but I’m afraid that’s some­thing you only have as a child!

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Describe your favorite glass­es…
I do actu­al­ly need glass­es because I’m near sight­ed but I don’t real­ly like any­thing in my face that much so I tend not to wear them. But I would have to choose a pair of gold­en frame nerd glasses.

Images via @lenipaperboats

16 Jun 2016 · neubau eyewear