Featured Artist Daniela Majic

Ethereal and dreamlike, the Secret Garden series by photographer Daniela Majic takes the viewer on a magical journey. To learn more about this artist, visit her website.

 

"The Bee Keeper" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Daniela Majic. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Bee Keeper” Photography, Various Sizes

 

I have been a portrait and fine art photographer for over nine years. I first fell in love with photography as a child. I would use disposable cameras to photograph my Barbie dolls and toys. I continued to stay in touch with photography throughout my youth. However, I didn’t realize that it was something I wanted to pursue until my late teens. At the age of nineteen I was given my first DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera) as a gift, and the rest is history.

 

"The Garden Warrior" Photography, Various Sizesby artist Daniela Majic. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Garden Warrior” Photography, Various Sizes

 

My photography incorporates the things I love—fashion, color, nostalgia, fairy tales and storytelling. I consider myself to be a storyteller first. My images are always planned out ahead of time. I draw out the ideas, I write stories for the concepts. I sew and create all costuming and props for all of my fine art imagery. Photography is the medium in which I am able to tell the stories I have locked within my mind.

 

"The Queen Awakes" Photography, Various Sizes"The Queen Awakens" Photography, Various Sizes

“The Queen Awakes” Photography, Various Sizes

 

I am currently working on an ongoing series entitled “The Secret Garden.” The series began in 2013 in my small dusty attic. During a creative block, I found myself looking through old boxes of props and costumes when the idea for the garden series came to light. I created a wooden backdrop (with the help of my husband) and stapled hundreds of silk and plastic flowers onto it to create my floral backdrop.

 

"The Sun Queen" Photography, Various Sizes "The Queen Awakes" Photography, Various Sizes

“The Sun Queen” Photography, Various Sizes

 

It was then that I realized that I didn’t even have to leave my house to create something beautiful. As artists, we tend to think we need the most amazing locations, materials and spaces to create great work. I wanted to challenge myself to create stories and beautiful imagery in a confined space with only a small budget.

 

"The White Witch" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Daniela Majic. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The White Witch” Photography, Various Sizes

 

The floral backdrop is treated as an art installation. For each new concept I re-paint, and add to the set. I used hundreds of flowers, artificial grass and other props to create the set in order to change it into new worlds.

 

"The Witch Sleeps" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Daniela Majic. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Witch Sleeps” Photography, Various Sizes


Even though my Secret Garden series began in 2013, I continue to work on it. This year I am focused on finishing the series. I spend my days making costumes and props while my weekends are dedicated to photographing the garden scenes.

 

"Madame Papillon" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Daniela Majic. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Madame Papillon” Photography, Various Sizes

 

I am hoping to share the series with the world through gallery exhibitions and a book I am creating. My main goals are to finish the series this summer and work on gallery representation/exhibits as well as the Secret Garden book. Once that is done I will be planning my next series.

 

"Wisteria Princess" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Daniela Majic. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wisteria Princess” Photography, Various Sizes

 

I am inspired by so many things, it is hard to keep track of them all. I find I am inspired by childhood nostalgia and gardens, fairytale stories and strange movies. Some of my inspiration comes from artists like Gustav Klimt and Monet as well as the photographer Tim Walker.

 

"The Ice Queen" Photography, Various Sizes by artist Daniela Majic. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Ice Queen” Photography, Various Sizes

 

 

I find a lot of inspiration in nature and fashion design. I love the work of Alexander McQueen and Rodarte. I find I am always intrigued by the story behind the garments designers create. However, really anything can inspire me. I keep my eyes open for inspiration whenever and as often as I can.

 

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