There's something about Marla, a Haris Nukem Interview.
This week we caught up with DMB Photographer Haris Nukem to discuss the inspiration behind his latest work "Marla"..
Your recent work "Marla" references cult classic Fight club. Tell us what initially drew you to this film? What is it that engages you?
Fight Club is in close contention with Akira for my favourite film ever. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton BOSS it, it's written beautifully and David Fincher is my hero.
Tell us a bit about your relationship with film. Where does your interest come from?
The size of the film (Fight Club) and message are both really ambitious. It's a hollywood blockbuster that tells people that they've been manipulated into watching it. Everything about it is really meta. I think as a kid I related to it for it's pure apathy. I was miserable. I've grown up with it as a reference point to how to successfully communicate something incredibly powerful to people who don't care.
Visually, the imagery breathes cult classic nostalgia, what was the process behind this?
It was soooo adhoc. We'd spoken about doing something Marla inspired beforehand but on the night, we were just both at the same place at the same time. We shot for about an hour boshing about Covent Garden in the cold weather. We blagged access to a car park by Endell St and went beast mode until we got kicked out basically! I like keeping most shoots guerrilla. They hold their realness.
You chose model Beki Adams to play the role of Marla for the shoot, what made you choose a female character as inspiration?
Beki is an absolute G and a die hard Fight Club fan. Plus, when she tries, she does a banging Helena Bonham Carter impression.
Tell us something we don't know about this shoot?
A bit of the shoot was shot at The Hospital Club on the sly. We did a bit of sneaking, shot in their lift and bathroom. Ninja. If you're listening, please don't cancel my membership. Thanks.
Advice on the importance of taking an inspiration and making it your own....
Honestly, it's really rare that I take inspiration. In this case, I just milked it and really wanted to do it.
If you're taking inspiration, make it a tribute or satire. Everything else is just stupid.