Amanda Marsalis Catches Mexico City's Magic Moments for CondÃ© Nast Traveler
B&A newcomer Amanda Marsalis documented ancient traditions mingling with cutting-edge architecture in Mexico City for the February issue of Condé Nast Traveler.
"Shooting a travel piece is a lot of exploring, sun watching, waiting, and imagination," the photographer said. "I'm always looking for what will tell the story – sometimes it's in unexpected places and you have to keep an eye out for it. I am also always looking for a building to get on top of, a mountain to drive up ... anything with a view and a great overall perspective!" She added that on shoot days, thoughts of dusk always cross her mind: "You can't waste a sunset by being in the wrong place."
Marsalis eschews flashes and noted, "setting up is more about waiting for the light to be right." On location, "I am usually laying out the story in my head. I'll keep a tight edit of the photos I have taken so far with me, and continue to look at it to see if the story is showing through," she explained. "I really love piecing it all together."
The California-born photographer began her career as a teenager, when she would chronicle punk shows held in her mother's basement and skip class to spend time in her high school's darkroom. She typically finds inspiration in her home state – specifically, the magic hour of Los Angeles and the intricacy of its landscape – but brings that spirit with her to other locales, like Mexico City.
Marsalis counts Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, Dazed & Confused, InStyle, GQ, The Guardian, Apple, Adidas, and Visa as her clients. Her imagery has been published in two books, "Reproduction" and "Landscapes," and her debut feature film, "Echo Park," comes out this year.