Model, Long Beach
Disposable Magazine x Urban Outfitters
Maly Mann is a model, self-taught painter, and photographer born and raised in Long Beach, CA. Working in front of the camera as well as behind it have taught her about the nuances of both practices. She enjoys working in many mediums. She enjoys taking in nature and using the surroundings to become vulnerable but fearless about her art.
Are you originally from Long Beach?
I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA and I haven't been able to live since. It's always great to leave the city but I miss it once I'm gone.
Can you tell us a little more about the people we see in your pictures?
The people that are in my photos are all people very close to me, other than the people reading books in public, they were just happy captures. There are a few photos of my partner, Noah Sahady, and our pup Copper. Those two are such a dynamic duo that have great contributions to my happiness and artwork. There is also a photo of my bud Kris Evans, he has been with me through this creative journey for some time.
You are a model and photographer, how do you pass from one side of the camera to
It's so strange to consider myself a photographer. I think I'm still learning what the names of what I do truly mean, being that I'm so open to working in so many different mediums. I feel that it has just come about so organically over time. Being able to see through the other side of the lens has helped me learn more about what to do in front as well.
What inspires you the most?
My inspiration stems from a lot of time outside. Taking in natural surroundings creates room to breathe and actually take in your thoughts. I think it's really hard to get vulnerable with yourself and getting out really helps me with that - I can actually create without being fearful.
You travel a lot, what is your next destination?
I hope I can head to London soon. Many of my favorite artists are from there and it seems like such a special place.
Your idea of happiness?
To me, happiness is doing what you love for yourself and nobody else.
Your idea of misery?
A lack of apathy, love, nature, and hydration.
If not yourself, who would you be?
I would definitely be a K-8 teacher living in Portland, Oregon with two dogs and a bad obsession with green juice.
My parents, my siblings, and Greta Gerwig.
What is your present state of mind?
Be here now.
Bedside table books?
On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.
The Feather Room by Anis Mojgani.
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
I drink a nice glass of wine and read, that just makes me knock out.
Do you collect?
Too much vintage denim.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. Lots of coffee.
What is the best dish you can cook?
I make some pretty mean mediterranean food.
What is your middle name?
No middle name. :(
What do you do in your free time?
Go on a bike ride, run, paint, or cook.
What inspires you?
All things nature.
What do you do for money?
I'm a human clothing hanger.
What do you do for pleasure?
Binge watch Netflix and snack.
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
When I was about 9 to about 14 years old, I believed that my left shoe always had to be put on before my right or else I'd have a bad day... Pretty hilarious.
What are your plans for this weekend?
Hang with my dude and the pup, go on a hike, and sunbathe.
Hey Lover by Blake Mills
Right or left handed?