Interview by Fran Domínguez
Erik Tranberg is one of those artists who naturally fits on PSM. His portfolio is a never ending (and very often black and white) sequence of images of wonderful women portrayed in such a bright and naturally beautiful way. Often in both New York and Los Angeles, he is a very experienced photographer who has had the chance to work with some of the most beautiful USA based models of the moment.
Marisa on the other hand is... kind of a newcomer, but so not a traditional one. She started up her Instagram account just 10 months ago and her popularity has blown up ever since. Seriously, just have a look.
The reasons behind this climb are actually pretty clear to me. Of course she's got the right look and the talent. But most of all, she seems to be a very clever woman and somebody who is extremely focused on archiving her goals. All in all I just couldn't miss the chance to share some questions with her, who once again was so kind to dedicate us a few minutes.
What a pleasure having you back on PSM Marisa. How are you doing?
I am doing great. Super great actually!
It wasn't that long ago that we first featured you on our website but I honestly lost count of how many beautiful places you have visited ever since, how many great photographers you have already worked with... You are literally EVERYWHERE these days!
Well everywhere is a big word but yes when I started up my Instagram in January, I started traveling as well. I mean, I was traveling before but I’ve literally only been in Belgium for 2 months this year. But I love how it flows simultaneously and how new opportunities arise all the time. Every adventure opens a whole new world and I’ve been meeting so many diverse, fascinating people in them. I just feel incredibly blessed.
Having more than 110k people following your work in less than a year is a pretty impressive achievement Marisa. Now, as a model who began her career in Europe and then jumped into L.A., what are the main challenges you have had to face in such a crowded market?
You’re totally right when you’re talking about a crowded market but I think when you stay true to yourself that this will shimmer through your pictures. And that’s the way to go I think.
For me the biggest challenge is to reinvent myself all the time. I try to bring something different in every shoot. When I don’t succeed in that, it makes me doubting myself for a moment. Just for a little moment though! (she laughs).
Photography-wise, and now that you have had the chance to work in both markets, what would you say are the main differences between American and European photographers?
I don’t feel like there’s such a big difference.These days people are able to get inspired by every culture, art movement or even one single human being. The market here in LA isn’t the same, that’s for sure but because of this globalization I don’t think you can divide photographers from America or Europe in two different categories. They’re all looking through a viewfinder to capture some form of art so in a way they’re all speaking the same language.
Wise words. What is next for Marisa Papen?
I’m not sure yet. I like to keep some space for my impulsivity. I’ll probably just keep following my instinct, that’s the best trail for me. What’s 100% is that I’ll spend the Holidays with my family and I’m looking forward to that so much!
We are so happy to see your evolution Marisa. Best of luck with your future projects!
Thanks for the love and the support. And I want to say thank you too, Erik. That was one fun poolday!
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