Today we’d like to introduce you to Madie Ramser.
Madie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in Simi Valley, a suburb of Ventura County, right on the edge of LA. I started going to shows when I was 13 at the Harmony Sweet and The Cobalt Cafe, local venues where punk and hardcore bands went to play. I’ve always been connected to live shows, as I was in the school band and played saxophone for ten years. I started photographing for friends that were in bands when I was 19. The music scene in Simi was huge and definitely felt like a family. I also have family in the movie industry, so naturally, I’m drawn to creating art, and stories, as I’ve shot quite a few music videos as well.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I photograph live music and create music videos. I love brainstorming with artists about their vision and doing everything in my means to make that come alive. I work with my best friends in Cheridomingo all the time to create stories, and I try to convey ideas that are in my mind and theirs. There is a huge sense of family and togetherness with that group of people, and I love being able to have that translate in my work with them and others. One day I’ll have an idea, and the next we are in the editing room making that a reality. Having family in the film industry, I’m drawn to indie films and color correcting, and I’ve been creating my own looks for so many years, pulling inspiration from great movies and moods. I love the feeling of looking at a photograph or a shot, and there is weight behind it, real emotion. I want mine to feel heavy.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Los Angeles is a tough place to be an artist but also an amazing place at the same time. I feel like it’s become easier to create art, whether you have a $10,000 rig or an iPhone, you can get in contact with an artist and just make it happen. And yet, it feels difficult too because it has become easier, there are more people doing it, so you are less likely to stand out. It pushes you to be better at your craft and put more real emotion into it. We are a community, and it’s really important to stress that and reach out for help when you need it. We are all in this together.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
madieramser.com is where I have my favorite work as well as instagram.