Words Stefania Tejada
How did you get started in photography?
When I was a child I used to take photos of beautiful houses with my father's camera. Then later as a teenager, I started taking photos of my friends. But it took me quite a while to take photography more seriously, and I still don't.
Where do your influences originate?
Growing up, I was always surrounded by “perfect“ photos. Those touristic stock photos, which are “technically correct“. So I was always feeling frustrated for not being able to make those with my camera. Once I got acquainted with snapshot/disposable camera aesthetics I felt much more at ease. And I was always determent about analogue photography. Digital just never felt right. It felt too perfect.
What do you intend to communicate?
I like bringing up the beauty and magic in simple everyday situations and scenes. I like how some simple momentarily constellations can leave you sometimes breathless. And I try to capture that with a camera. But sometime I also like to leave my camera aside, and just enjoy.
What is the concept of your work?
I don't really have a concept in my photography work.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on drawings and installations for my exhibition. And I’m also preparing a few performances.
How do you work with composition?
As drawing is my primary medium I like the dimensionality of images. I like how elements in the picture are placed in relation to one another inside a rectangle format. So making photos is not really capturing the reality of the moment, time and space, but rather transforming the reality into a different medium that has its own limitations and beauties. Photography allows you to extract one tiny piece of a moment and crown it with a whole new aura.
How do you develop an idea?
Intuition. Sometimes it’s just in the moment.
How would you describe your aesthetics?
Raw, casual and sloppy with little magic sparks.
How would you describe your transition as a photographer?
I would say I tend to make photos that are less and less thought through, but sometimes it’s hard to forget what you already know. My latest transition is that I have started taking photos with my blackberry camera, and they are even less pretentious because it’s not a very good camera, which makes it perfect for me. And this makes me approach completely new motifs and allows me to work with composition in a new way.
How is the relation between lighting and color in your work?
The light is the most important impulse that makes me reach for my camera. And as for the colors I prefer them to be a bit less saturated, I don’t like when they are too intense. It’s not so much the relation between light and color that I care about, as it is the one between light and shape.
What does the human body mean to your work?
I like the relation of human body and the ambient. Whether the body blends in or sticks out of its environment, the connection it creates is always an interesting form to explore.
What are some of the most important elements in your work?
Light, composition and exploration of what it means to me the concept of beautiful.
What stories do you try to tell through your work?
I actually never try to tell a story, but rather just capture the moment. I rarely even tell someone to stand in a certain pose.
But I have started working on my first photo project about a year ago. I am making portraits of young women who have perceived themselves as men for some period of life or maybe still do. So, they imagine a male character, and then they become that character and we pick an ideal ambient for the story and I take photos.
What is the most unexpected one?
I guess all of them. (Laugh) Because I never really know what’s going to happen next. Even when I’m shooting a fashion editorial I pick location to fit the outfits, but because I don’t like posing, I prefer to take pictures while people are in between poses. And I just follow the energy of the whole experience. That’s when the best things come out.
What do you find in people?
What kind of films are you passionate about?
What was the last exhibit you visited?
I visited the retrospective of Edita Schubert in Zagreb. She was a great Croatian artist working in fields of painting, sculpture, photography and performance art. Her work is beautiful and people should really know more about her.