Marissa Gable gives photography a new twist. The photographer has taken the art to another level by creating “kaleidoscopic images” using her photographs and prints. A graduate of Riverside Junior-Senior High School, Gable earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Keystone College, where she studied visual art. She lives in Taylor and works for Kentrel Corp.
Meet Marissa Gable…
Q: How did you first get interested in photography?
A: I’ve had a camera in my hands since I was 6. The first thing I was running around photographing was the Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Aerosmith Super Bowl. I was trying to take pictures of it, and I was using a no-flash camera that my mom had. It didn’t work out well. The next thing was my disposable camera. I started to get into digital photography in high school. I thought it was the one thing I was really good at. It was the one thing I wanted to make a career out of. I wanted to create instead of just working a 9-to-5 job, and that led me to Keystone.
Q: What do you like most about photography?
A: Capturing. I’ve always loved capturing moments in life, whether it’s historical, street photography or portraits, you’re really capturing something when you take a photo.
Q: Who are some of the photographers you look up to?
A: Annie Leibovitz is my main. She’s a celebrity portrait photographer. She does all of the Vanity Fair covers. She did the infamous Miley Cyrus one. I really, really look up to her. There are so many others. Sally Mann is another big one.
Q: Can you describe a kaleidoscopic image?
A: Most recently, I’ve been working with home interiors and portraits. I take a picture of someone’s house, process it and edit the single picture. On Photoshop, I create them into my own kaleidoscope designs using mirror-image effects. I flip them, rotate them and all that. It’s one image flipped, mirrored against itself and mirrored down. It’s almost like one of those old picture-find books with optical illusions.
Q: What led you to come up with this concept?
A: I was in my digital project class one day. The program I was using allowed me to bring images up side-by-side. I had taken photos of my grandmother’s room, and she had this awesome ’70s wallpaper. The wallpaper just went together so smoothly. My professor walked by, and she said, “Do that.” I was just doing home interiors at the time, and I didn’t think it would lead me to doing these kaleidoscopic images. It was right after my grandmother had passed away, so I was in her room taking pictures and just capturing the room.
Q: Why go beyond typical photography?
A: In college, my professor Sally Tosti really taught me to really appreciate the process of things. That’s what she was really big about, especially with print making. She wanted to see a lot of prints of everything. It’s kind of like seeing a photograph in a new light. I always like to look at everything, not just one aspect.
Q: What hobbies and interests do you have outside of photography?
A: I really like going outdoors and also hanging out with my friends. I also enjoy board games and card games and any type of games, other than video games. This is silly, but I really like WWE wrestling; I’m a total nerd about that. Listening to music is also something I love. I love people watching. To go along with the whole capturing thing, people watching.
Q: What do you hope to do with art in the future?
A: I don’t know how realistic this sounds or is, but I would absolutely love to be a full-time artist with people buying my artwork and me living off that. Eventually I’d like to move away, and one day I hope to write on my taxes “full-time artist.” I would really like to get into designing textiles with my art on them. I want to do curtains, carpets and all that. It would be brand-new for me.
Q: Have you had a moment or time in your life that helped shape who you are today?
A: I was trying to figure out why I chose to do the interiors for my senior show, and it went back to the story about my grandmother and how I was trying to capture her room and all of her possessions. I think it was my grandmother dying that started it. She was the first person close to me who died, and that really affected me. The photo of her room was the first photograph I ever thought about flipping.
Q: Final word?
A: Don’t let anyone ever talk down to you or tell you that you don’t do something. I definitely used to listen to people too much. So over the years, I’ve just taught myself that peoples’ opinions don’t matter, and you really just need to walk your own path.
Photos by Emma Black and submitted photos by Marissa Gable