photography cybele malinowski

I love it when I learn about people who haven't found their feet immediately in life. (Because it took me a little while to work out what I wanted to be when I grew up.) So it's refreshing to hear that Cybele Malinowski has an architecture degree under her belt and even completed half a law degree. Plus, she had stints trying out painting, acting, dancing and singing before discovering her passion for photography. Four years on and she has a photo business Blue Murder Studios and is about to have an exhibition - Loudlight - at the MTV Gallery (18-30 April) in Sydney after spending much of 2007 shooting Australian musicians for album covers and magazines.

What five words best describe you? Undercover-feminist, restless, cheeky, loud, tall.
What's your proudest achievement? Finishing my architecture degree.
Who inspires you? My brother and my mother. We are the triumvirate.
What are you passionate about? Photography and the eventual equality of the sexes. There's still some bra burning to be done.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? Think before you speak. I am still learning this one.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Annie Leibovitz: this woman has paved the way for photographers and women alike.
What are you excited about? My (first solo) exhibition. A combination of excitement and nerves are gearing me up for a milestone as frightening and arresting as finishing the HSC and university.
What's next? I will most certainly continue to shoot bands and music, however, fashion is where I am headed. This exhibition is a thank you to all the bands and music labels I have worked with; maybe next time I will have an exhibition to say thank you to the fashion labels.

Images courtesy of Cybele Malinowski.

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