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When and how did you realize that you love photography?
I fell in love with photography at a young age. My mom created a family photo album called “Krónika” about 40 years ago and when I was a child, I loved spending time gazing at the photographs. I also liked collecting pictures from magazines. My favourites were retro pictures, which were hard to find before the internet. After a while it wasn’t enough to just collect photos; I was keen to create my own.

Tell us about your visual world and how you create your particular aesthetic.
My goal is to use photography to create a new “universe” from things that I see in the real world. It is so exciting to discover the places, find perfect colour combinations and lighting and to create the best composition. I’m really picky and strict about the things that I let into my world. I’ve been exploring for a long time and always find new elements that I can incorporate into my work.

Your work explores memory and your images evoke a feeling of nostalgia. What draws you to explore the past in your work? What lessons can we learn from our pasts?
I have been curious about the past and things from the past since I was a little girl. One of the most interesting and satisfying things to do when I was little was dig through old stuff in my grandparents’ attic or basement. I feel like I am able to understand so many things better (including myself) if I stop and reflect on certain moments. The events of the past have an impact on the present, so sometimes it can be useful to think about them.

How do you know when you've got the right shot?
I have this strange “this is it” feeling that lasts for a few seconds. I can’t explain but trust me, it’s amazing.

You split your time between Budapest and Siófok. What inspires you about each of these places?
Siófok is my hometown so I’ve got thousands of memories from this place. This little town is right next to the Lake Balaton, where I spent my whole childhood. The buildings of the city, the colours of the sunset at the Balaton, the memory of these moments inspire me every day. It’s a quiet and peaceful place. I am able to relax and live in a slower way when I’m there.

My relationship with Budapest is different. It was the first big city that I lived in. (I moved to London for a year and a half and realized Budapest is not that big!) I became an adult in this city and studied photography here. In the first few years, the people around me inspired me the most.

When I moved back from London, I found the socialist realism architecture in Budapest’s suburbs inspiring.

Where do you go to feel inspired?
I like walking in the city or near Lake Balaton, sneaking into different places, such as an old hotel, or a haunted house or a block of flats. I also feel inspired by a nice colour combination in nature or a perfect shadow on my wall.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now and not be limited by time or budget, where would you go?
I would love to go to Sant Just Desvern, near Barcelona, to see La Fábrica by the amazing architect Ricardo Bofill. I admire his works and it would be a dream come true to visit this place.

What's one thing you take with you on every trip and why?
Aside from my camera, I always bring my super soft pillow that I got when I was a baby. I know it is maybe childish, but it is so comfy and I love it!

What would be your dream photography job?
To have a great gallery represent my work so that I could work on my personal series as much as I would like to. I would also love to work for an interior-design magazine and take photographs of beautiful interiors.


Waiting room, Nyugati Railway Station

I noticed this waiting room in the summer when I was travelling from the Nyugati Railway Station. Usually, I just wait next to the platform, but I wasn’t in a rush this time, so I went exploring and found this waiting room. I absolutely loved the yellow chairs paired with the green wall and the marble floor. These three things are a perfect match together, so I added it to my “Must Photograph” list.


The Vagon Restaurant

The Vagon Restaurant is right next to Déli Railway Station in Budapest. The cute restaurant is built inside an old railroad car, complete with vintage decor and furniture. Vérmező park is on the other side of the restaurant, so the view from the window is just perfect.


Lukács Thermal Bath

Hungary and Budapest are famous for thermal baths, a perfect way to relax and pamper yourself. The baths are famous because of the thermal water and also because of their design. I love the Lukács Thermal Bath, one the oldest baths in Budapest.


Flea Market of Buda

I was on the highway on the way to Siófok (my hometown) when I first spotted the Flea Market of Buda’s strange, colourful lines. I had no idea what they were, but I immediately knew that I had to explore this place and take photos. I’m absolutely amazed by the colours and shapes of this special market. It feels totally surreal.


Újpest

When I have free time, I like to explore Budapest’s suburbs, like Újpest, pictured here. The architecture of these buildings isn’t so popular, probably because they were built during the communist era. I try to take a step back from the political connection and see just the aesthetic and artistic side of these buildings.

See more of Marietta's work on Instagram.

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BUDAPEST     PHOTO FEATURE