We just wrapped up our first list of Fathom's 24 Best Travelers on Instagram, and we're already taking notes for the 2015 edition. We're thrilled that Fathom contributor Amanda Marsalis, a photographer and director who shoots for the likes of Monocle, The New York Times Magazine, and Vogue, is taking over our @FathomWaytoGo Instagram feed. A habitual traveler of the envy-inducing variety, her photos are beautiful and real without being precious. We wanted a little more behind-the-lens information about her.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a photographer and director. I began taking photos as a teenager going to punk shows in the Midwest where my family had moved from the Bay Area. My mother was a flight attendant and my father a pilot, so at a very early age I was traveling constantly and always had my camera with me. I went to school at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and immediately began working as a photographer. My first feature film, Echo Park, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. I live in LA now but I am always at home in an airport or on a plane.
How would you describe your photography style?
Intimate. I always try to show the beauty in anything I do.
What do you love most about photographing on the road?
I think traveling in general causes you to be more aware of your surroundings, always paying attention. It is a great way to avoid being on autopilot. I love taking it all in each day. Learning the light in a new place. Visiting cities and towns I've never been to before and discovering new things. For me, it is the best way to live life!
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