Drawn to aesthetics at a young age, Marni was compelled to pick up a camera and begin to document what she saw. Launching a career in the film and television industry in 1979, she amassed 25 years of experience, credits and a respected reputation. In 2003, Marni travelled to West Africa to photograph a group of drummers and there, she turned her camera towards the extraordinary she found in ordinary life. Since then, Marni has endeavoured to become a student of what is elusive and beautiful in the real and the natural.
The mystery and magnitude of the outside world speak to her: sunlight paints the landscape a different hue at every moment, constantly changing weather leaves its footprint on every blade of grass, an impassive mountain range breathes and subtly shifts. On the west coast of this continent, Marni pointed her lens into the mist in Big Sur. In BC. she was awed by the riches of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest and the fragility and nobility of its indigenous bears, particularly the sacred and elusive White Spirit Bear, whose habitat is threatened. It is difficult and painstaking to capture such images but it is her aim to engage with, and photograph, what is ephemeral, evolving, endangered, innocent, dangerous and beautiful.
In this vein, Marni has also explored the abstract elements she finds to record what is primary and naturally occurring in shape, colour, texture, light and shadow. Human sensibility depends on the existence of such beauty, on the possibility of encountering what takes our breath away and reminds us of our own vulnerability. Marni photographs not just with her eyes, but instinctively from her heart, and with a desire to preserve – in the frame as well as in the landscape – the tenuous magnificence of places where not many people get to walk. Marni’s work as a photographer is less about composing the shot, and more about becoming a medium for the fleeting canvasses of art she finds around her. In her latest works, Marni has moved into an expression of herself beyond where she has tread, exuding passion and movement in a still and ever so silent moment.
Marni is devoted to the environment and is printing on sustainable papers.