She has traveled the world shooting for Red Bull and Embrace, and logged hundreds of hours shooting on tour with Diplo and Skrillex. She is... TheSuperManiak. This Wednesday TheSuperManiak will be launching her first solo exhibition with us at Nuvango Gallery and for those of you who can’t meet her IRL we thought we would ask her a few questions to help her fans from far, far away feel a bit closer. Read on to learn more about Maria Jose Govea, aka-TheSuperManiak:
Nuvango: Where does the name SuperManiak come from?
Maria, TheSuperManiak: I used to dj under the name Maniak, so when I started doing photography I added the Super part to separate the two careers. I'm not sure how I came up with the super part, I guess I was feeling great that day.
N: From DJ’ing music to documenting it?! What prompted the career change?
TheSuperManiak: I never meant to stop djing, but I got way too busy with my photography and I had to make the incredibly tough decision to set djing aside. I couldn't do both and give both careers my 100%. I miss it so much!
N: What kind of camera do you use? Any fav lenses? Fav editing software?
TheSuperManiak: Canon 5D Mark III and my Canon 50 1.4 is my fav baby at the moment.
N: Can’t help it. ..gotta ask, that’s a cute accent… where are you from?
TheSuperManiak: I'm from Venezuela! Born and raised. Moved to Toronto when I was 23 to study film and stayed here.
N: What does Festival Season mean to you?
TheSuperManiak: I used to be a raver. Then I became a DJ. Now I'm a music photographer. Festival Season pretty much sums up what my life has been since I was a teenager. Music means the world to me, so these images are sort of the visual soundtrack to my life.
N: Is there a particular artist/photographer/creator you look up to? If so, who and why?
N: Nuvango fans… if you haven’t checked out Ryan’s work, we highly recommend it!
N: Your photography has taken you all over the world… is there a dream project and location that you really want to be a part of/go to?
TheSuperManiak: Of course - Space! (I mean it).
N: What’s next for you?
TheSuperManiak: Breakfast in bed.
*All photos provided by @TheSuperManiak