Margrét Seema Takyar is a photographer and director based in New York City with a flair for fashion photography. Today, we are featuring an exclusive that Maggie shot whilst on a recent visit to Iceland called On The Run But Nowhere To Go…
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first got started in photography.
I’m a half Icelandic, half Indian, New York based photographer and director. Half rebel/half system. Half commercial/half street. Half kind/half ruthless. I pretty much base all my decisions on instinct.
My first camera was my mum’s. Film. I don’t remember not taking photographs when I was younger. I did stop for a while and I remember that period better than when I first started, but when I picked up the camera again, everything I had experienced, studied, seen and felt made sense. Again. Maybe I knew more about myself by then? Either way, it stuck and it’s been a committed, sometimes frustrating, love/hate relationship since. But so worth it.
To me, a still photograph is like a feature film if you allow it to be…
How would you define your photographic style?
To me, a still photograph is like a feature film if you allow it to be; my thing is storytelling, true or fictional. It all comes from an instinct, a feeling, an obstacle, a twist, an event, a light source – some sort of a need to challenge a norm, to embrace the underdog, to capture what you look at daily, but never see. The same fingerprint but never the same print, I guess.
Who or what are your main sources of inspiration?
Working outside my comfort zone. I don’t like staying where I feel at ease for too long – in the uncomfortable, I find stories: The boy who wants to be a tree when he grows up. Violence. Laundromats. Little people. Chaos. Nationalities. Twins. Sex. Gravity. Pain. Traditions. Bruce Davidson. Architecture. Ellen Kuras. Rain. Cliches. Ashtrays. Justice. Happiness. Eras. Diane Arbus. Wallpapers. Equality. Fairytale. Fosse. Slavery. Glitter. Science. Pink hair. Lightening. Rules. Kisses. Borders. William Eggleston. Women. Men. Education. Made-in-China. Charlie Kaufmann. Animals. Aesthetics. Heartbreak. Locations. David Fincher. Instruments. Secrets. History. Helmut Newton. Fashion. Radio. Boxes. Melina Matsoukas. Cults. Bodies. Unicorns. And most of the time, people (friends and strangers) of the past, present, and future are usually blowing my mind with their work.
It’s a weird, humbling thing when people allow you to see them.
What has been the high point of your photography career to date?
I have no idea. There is a high to every story and person you capture – at least to me. It’s a weird, humbling thing when people allow you to see them (even actors and models). I do have a distinct memory of six brothers that allowed me to photograph them years ago and are now known as the Wolfpack. There was something really special about that shoot.
Where do you want your photography to take you next?
I want to keep working. Evolving. Making mistakes. Make the work better. I’d love to sign with an agent and create a more solid team. To be able to produce commercially and artistically with the same pace as the flow of ideas coming to me.
My daydream is that years from now I can say I created, within the chaos of it all, a legacy and body of work with my fingerprint – feature films/fashion editorials/street photography/documentary/music videos/books that make you pause. Make you question. That make some sort of an impact.
Are you currently working on any new projects that you can tell us about?
I’m working on a music video with an upcoming artist that I love, a few editorials with designers I am excited about, and writing a proposal to chase a story about human trafficking. And so much more – all around and back.
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On The Run But Nowhere To Go
Photography/Art Director: Margrét Seema Takyar
Stylist: Júlía Tómasdóttir
MUA&Hair: Ásta Haraldsdóttir
Model: Alexandra Kristjánsdóttir
Assistant: María Ása Auðunsdóttir
Designs from Eygló , Levi´s, Zara, Topshop & Vintage from Stylist’s collection.