Guest Post – Miss Aniela

We are going to start doing a few guest posts here. I don’t know how regular they will be, but I expect to get several in per year. The simple goal is to share some cool work out there with my readers and expose some of these artists to a new group of people! Guests will be sharing a bit about themselves, their philosophies, and their futures.

For the first one, I invited in a friend, best known to the world as Miss Aniela. She is very popular on Flickr, to say the least!  I will not talk about her too much… it’s best to let her describe herself!  I asked her to include three of her favorite photos, and then I picked one of my own favorites at the bottom.

Miss Aniela, from Brighton, UK

Most of my work as it stands currently is self-portraiture. I got into this when I first discovered the world of photo-sharing in 2006. Since then I have had two exhibitions and I now speak at international tradeshows and events and work full-time as a photographer.

I like to create images that are primarily visually pleasing: treats for the eyes that use stimulating colour, composition and angle. In my latest work, I keep this approach but with more of a view to incorporating a certain concept within the planning, but allowing for some of the spontaneity as in my earlier work.

I hope people like my work for its aesthetics, but I also take pride in being a ‘one-woman show’ in creating my work; independently photographing, modelling for, processing and then sharing online. So far I have used only improvised lighting, basic equipment and haphazard locations. I find these elements to be challenging to certain norms, and I hope that people enjoy that different take on photography. I am an ‘amateur’ who became pro, not through formal training but through sheer curiosity and passion alone. It is a great reward to be able to inspire other people to try the same.

In the near future I do want to develop my skills with bigger and better equipment, and use my style on other people more and more. My first goal is to get a sturdier tripod.

And now, the three photos, as selected and described by Miss Aniela:

The smothering

This is one of my personal faves, and it’s one of those pictures that took the least time to shoot, though with a bit more intricacy to process. I had the idea of floating with my head in a box, and called in my boyfriend from playing his Xbox in the living room to propel my legs into the air during a few 10-second timer dashes. He went away again while I shot the other images that were to be used in the composite. I didn’t expect the image to come out so clean looking, as the hallway is quite dark and there were cumbersome walls round the edges of the image. It certainly got a lot of gasps and wows on Flickr, this being another ‘levitation’ picture, a series of which I have created partly inspired by the work I have seen of Julia Fullerton-Batten.

South by southeast

Ah, now, this pic is special to me. Not just because I generally like it, but because of what it proves to me as an artist – someone who is always getting frustrated about how to get a good pic. Other images I have taken have proved that it’s possible to get a good image straight-in-camera, there and then. However, this image did not come out of the camera like this – indeed, the original is nothing special, at least not to me. It’s the work I did to it, quite a minimal series of adjustments, that transformed an image of me on a hill, with the dog in the way, getting blown red-nosed straight into what I felt was photographic impotence; into what seems like a 50s film-still of someone not me, but a mysterious actress gazing wistfully out from between pleasing little distant tree stumps. Yet, the dark scowling eyes tell me that it is definitely me. So, this image proves that there are snaps one might overlook from their shoots, which with some special attention can be ‘unlocked’, if you like, revealing a whole new world, and causing undue artistic satisfaction and amazement. I joke about ‘trying to get a South by southeast’ when out taking new pics.

The chase

The chase

This is a clone picture taken in Milan. My boyfriend was the ‘human tripod’ here, holding the camera as still as humanly possible whilst I ran about in a public place, something with which I was not so confident – but there was only one man in the distance, so I got on with it. The first image we liked was the frontmost figure you see – she was a perfect haphazard shot, and all she needed was some perfunctory decoration in the form of a few accompanying clones. I didn’t share the final composite, strangely enough, until about 6 months later on Flickr. I wasn’t completely happy with the image until I made some tweaks to bring the characters closer together in harmony, and then, mid-cold-January, shared it online as a summery treat. It went down well, so I wondered why it had been stuck in the drawer for so long. Maybe it was tweaking those shadows that seemed like an endless job?

Find out more about her at or Also, you can check out her book at

And now, (this is Trey again) I’ll post one of my favorite photoworks she has done:

The active life... (by Miss Aniela)

  • Great first guest post. I’ll definitely check Miss Aniela’s work out.

  • your name came to mind earlier…in reference to the term “maestro”…

    another solid orchestration sir

  • that first picture is the coolest picture evAR. not to mention sexy ;D

  • David Blades

    I love Miss Aniela’s work…. always have and already a big fan! Hey Trey, how about you invite this lovely young lady to the States and photograph her in the ‘stuckincustoms’ style? Would you be up for that N? 🙂

    Best wishes to you both

    Scotland – UK

  • Yes – glad y’all like her too!

  • Ah, Miss Aniela. I’ve been watching her for a while too, and have always enjoyed her creativity. Almost enough to think about going to one of those Microsoft things she’s done! Her style is different from yours, Trey – but very much complimentary.

    Looking forward to whatever you come up with next!

  • Mahesh

    She is an amazing artist … I am a regular visitor to her flickr photostream. I admire her work.

    Trey, the idea of guest blogs is really appreciable. I have recently found your blog and flickr photostream (also added you there). I find a huge source of inspiration from you. Though I am unable to balance by work and hobby, still your blog remain as a learning source at any time. And now these gues blogs will explore us to different sources of talents too…

  • Good idea Trey! My fav is the third image, “The Chase”.

  • Ben

    the chase is great… very creative… =)

  • Mike

    Hi Trey,

    Great idea to feature guest photographers, a great way to discover some new talent.
    I used to live near brighton around 15 – 20 years ago in a small village called Upper Beeding, although i’ve been in France for the past 8 years.

    See you’ve changed your avatar as well, prefer this one to the last, ifv the truth be known.

    All the best


  • What a great idea, Trey!!! It’s always good to expand our horizons and see the work of other photographers. Ms Aniela is very talented. I hope to see more of her photos. I’ll save her website in my favorites when I get back home. Thanks for sharing the works of others as well as your own!!!! God bless, Gail in Montana/Michigan

  • Matt

    I hope she had another form of transportation in that last shot… the front brake on that bike appears to be disconnected!

  • I love your open book approach to the idea of sharing ideas in this world of digital art. Keep up the guest posts! (thought you would have been on Kelby’s site for sure by now!)

    Michael S.

  • I was wondering if she used “Imagenomic – Portrait Plug-in for Photoshop” to get that type of look on the photo of her riding a bike? I love that type of look and have been looking into purchasing the plug-in.

    I am also amazed by the first shot. Have no idea how she pulled that off.

  • Nice work. Too many self portrait artist on flickr though. How about hosting some unknown artist on filckr that doesn’t have a popular stream as a guest someday?

    Keep up the great work Trey!!

  • Indibang

    Good photos ! Interesting !

  • im not so sure i like her work. it is abstract, but in a possessive, look-at-me sort of way. i will look at her flickr, though.

  • but i like the idea of guest posts 🙂 id like to getsomething on there 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Love the new format and Guest Post idea!! I’ve been a fan of Miss Aniela’s work for about 4 months now and love to watch her work evolve.. I highly recommend spending a few minutes going through her photostream.

  • casusan

    Oh wow – interesting – love the first one – don’t know how she did that either! Good idea Trey!

  • Cool – thanks everyone.

    I will pick Guest Bloggers in a fairly “arbitrary” way! So please don’t be offended if I choose one person over another… It will be a bit of a lottery in my head, very similar to how I choose a daily photo from my unpublished ones… so, there is just sort of a flow… and you never know what will come down the river next!

  • Thanks for nothing – I just lost two hours looking through all her amazing photos, her website, watching videos, etc. 😉 WOW!!!!!!

  • Very creative and playful images…well done!

  • She’s certainly creative! I can’t wait to check out her Flickr page tonight!

  • Trey

    Great choice! it is wonderful on each of them especially cool opener and the Clone idea she came up with is really great… Look forward to the growing choices on this as well. By the way your bike pic is really interesting in the overall placement of the setting, love that water bottle disappears into the cool clouds and all almost like drinking from the cloud…

  • Thanks — well- I guess don’t thank me… she is the one that did all the work here! 🙂

  • Trey….love the idea of a guest blogger…would you be interested in being a guest blogger on my blog?

    I guess I need to get on Flickr…I seem to be missing out on a lot of cool stuff…like Ms. Anelia…



  • Kal


    Great idea for the guest blogger and even better that you chose Miss Aniela. I’ve followed her work almost as long as I’ve followed yours and recently picked up her book (which inspired me to produce my own filled with HDRs and Clones). And that got me thinking, Trey – I need your book!

    A Blurb book by you on HDR, filled with great examples of your beautiful images supported by words or extracts from your blog would be snapped up by loads of your fans & beyond, I’m sure!

    Cheers, Kal

  • well… i was quite wrong. her pictures are creative, abstract, and they show that anyone can do anything they want if they really love what they’re doing. she puts her all into her photos, and im jelious of it.

  • Set an example for your neighbors. ,

  • I met Miss Aniela this week at a talk she gave in Brighton. I am a photographer and avid user of flickr and am also the director of Silicon Beach Training, heavily involved with both developing a Social Media strategy for the business as well as writing and researching about impact of social media on business.

    I believe that an artist who now embraces social media as a tool for self expression and public exposure will be streets ahead of those who don’t. As ‘art’ is subjective what better way is there of connecting and communicating with an audience. The kind of social commentary that Miss Aniela’s work attracts may not be classified as “critical art theory” because most of it is not written by art critics. These comments, however, provide a unique insight into how the general public view art, which in many cases can lead to much more interesting critical debate.

    I have written a brief article on Women and Social Media with reference to the work of Miss Aniela here:

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