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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 24/7 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