South by southeast (self-portrait, 2007)
ABOUT MISS ANIELA
Miss Aniela was born in Leeds, 1986, and studied BA English & Media at University of Sussex. Her career as an artist began whilst still at University, and shortly following, was sought to speak in the US for Microsoft and offered solo shows in London and Madrid. She is now a fine-art and commercial photographer based in London.
Miss Aniela's work has been exhibited internationally in Europe and the US, with representation in Madrid, LA and San Diego, and six solo exhibitions to date. Her work has been featured in numerous media worldwide, including NY Arts, El Pais, ALARM Chicago, Vogue Italia, BBC, and American Photo. She is the author of two photography books, Self-Portrait Photography and Creative Portrait Photography (both Ilex/Pixiq, worldwide.)
As well as being active commercially she is currently working on her fine-art series 'Surreal Fashion' and environment-based series 'Ecology'. She has also self-branded her own workshop-style event that emphasises autonomous photographic creativity, the Fashion Shoot Experience, in London, LA and New York.
"Photography is always my 'living' whether I am working on personal or commercial work, because it is creating that keeps me feeling alive. I pour my mind into everything I create, and always aim to push the envelope with consistently compelling imagery with the highest production value I can make possible. In my personal work I want to stir people to question, and to think intelligibly of their own accord about the problems, the beauty - and the conflict between them - in the world as we know it."
Please watch Miss Aniela's promo reel.
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY...
‘Moving out beyond Cindy Sherman, Miss Aniela creates a surreal looking-glass world of distorted perspectives and dream enhanced colours… Underlined with an ironic and often droll caption text, the idiosyncratic qualities of Miss Aniela’s work signals a very bright future for this embryonic star.’
'Miss Aniela's work is a stunning example of brilliant talent in front of, and behind the lens. But the significance of Miss Aniela is far more reaching than just breathtaking imagery. She is an example of what happens when an artist has the temerity to ignore established paths and create herself from nothing, by utilising all of her own assets in synchronicity with the opportunities afforded by a modern-day global network. She is an exceptional artist, and a contemporary entrepreneurial pioneer of the creative world.'
(Louis Lesko, photographer & author)
‘Her colourful, often surreal images are cerebral and sexy, intimate and public, all at once’.
"Both Miss Aniela's prose and images are both remarkably, equally open, engaging, thoughtful. I find myself wary of artists who succumb to the dark side of oblivious self-absorption (all too common nowadays). With her work, I always come away learning something new, feeling like my mind has been expanded, and feeling her passion for the subject -- not for herself as such. It first seems a little ironic considering how much of herself is the subject in her art. But then I realise - it's not about her, and never has been all about her. It's about what she feels, does, and sees."
(Ramon Estandarte, photographer & fan)