Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Interview with photographer Qing Liu

About you.
As for a little bit about myself, I am currently studying Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney. I left China at the age of eight and have been living in Sydney mostly since then. I love photography and all things to do with art and design, as well as poetry, writing and translation.
Hiding behind my cameras, I wish to capture and distill each and every special moment.

What is it that attracts you the most of what you have around you?  I can be attracted by the tiniest things, from the way a leaf falls in a puddle in the rain to a soundtrack from Godard’s movie. But since a few years ago, I must say I have fallen into the world of Marguerite Duras. Her books, her movies…Nothing more needs to be said.
Tell us about your experience as  photographer what did it give you?They say that one will eventually find one’s own place in the world, and I guess that’s how I feel with photography. I have ventured into architecture and translation before, but I must say photography is where I feel most at home.

Three adjectives to describe yourself.Calm, contemplative, nostalgic.

A film, a book and a song. Film:
 Le Gai Savoir by Jean Luc GodardBook: Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein by Marguerite DurasSong: Fade into you by Mazzy Star

What camera do you use?  lense?I mainly use Canon Ae1 with 50mm lens. 

Tell about exhibition if you ‘ve had any.Not yet, but I am planning to have one in the near future, featuring a series of work that I will be taking across Europe. 

Do you sell prints? How do you make it and where can someone buy?Not single prints, however I am planning for a book to be published featuring mainly new projects as well as some past ones, more details to be announced soon. 

What was your most big success? I think success can be measured in many ways, taking the perfect photo can be successful, being a good daughter can also be successful, and making the perfect cup of coffee in the morning is just as equally successful!

Favourite photographer.Saul Leiter, amazing colours and light. 

Describe some of your projects.
At the end of this year I will be taking another trip to Europe where I will try to capture a series of photos featuring solitude and serenity, which will then be published into a book.

 Your main concept.A collection of memories.

 What is your occupation, job, interest besides photography.At the moment I am studying architecture, however my interests extend beyond to art and design, poetry, writing and translation.

           Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a (professional) photographer?See the world with your heart. 
Do you work as photographer? In the near future, hopefully.                                    Your plans.
I am hoping to integrate film-making with photography in the future, along with poems and fiction that I have written. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Interview with photographer Magdalena Korpas


           What is it that attracts you the most of what you have around you?  

Emotions, violence, the life tournaments 

              Tell us about your experience as  photographer what did it give you?

In 2004 i finished a photography school in YMCA (Gdynia / Poland). After spending long days in a dark room, the same year, i exposed my work in Ucho (Gdynia). I was passionately curious about a “strange human behavior” of leaving the stability and looking for the unknown. (broken relationships, death, long trips with no way back). To follow this “paradox of human behavior”, a year after, i left a family home and moved to Amsterdam, then to Paris, now she lives between Paris and Los Angeles.

I always have my film camera (Minolta, Dynax5) on me, trying to capture “the darkness of the soul”. Working with models, actors and simply, with a strangers crossed on the streets , i always ask them to express, by the look in their eyes, this dirty grain of the most dark part of their soul.
The mutual, dirty and dark secrets that no one will never know...

               Three adjectives to describe yourself.

Philosophic, extreme, hopeless

                A film, a book and a song

"Lost Highway" by D.Lynch, "In the Heart of the Country" by Coetzee,  The Verve" Bittersweet symphony "

                  What camera do you use?  lense?
Minolta Dynax 5, lense 35/ 50

                 Do you sell prints? How do you make it and where can someone buy?

I'm working on it...there is a bunch of the websites where i can sell my photos. Once it's gonna be done i will publish the link on my website.

                What was your most big success? 

I can't see my photography as a result of successes. I capture the emotions and i express my emotions thru my lens. I can't mesure it by the question of success.

            Favourite photographer.

Today, Diane Arbus.

            Describe some of your projects.

I'm working on an artistic project where i include my oil painting and a film photography. 

            Your main concept.

Understand by provoking &capturing it the source of  infinity of human hell .

           What is your occupation, job, interest besides photography.

Acting, cinema, painting, psychology, spirituality 

           Which advic
e would you give someone who wants to become a (professional) photographer?

Don't listen anyone, listen yourself.  

          Do you work as photographer? 

            Your plans.

Next saturday - expose my photos, next month - acting in a contemporary play in Avignon, next year - Los Angeles & Shanghai. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Interview with photographer Flavia Catena

1) About you
I am an Italian freelance photographer and writer (in my spare time) based in Oxford (UK). I live of dreams, memories, sometimes forgetting about the present and everything I don't like about it. Yet, I enjoy the beauty in everyday life, both when I take photos and I go out for a walk.
2) What is it that attracts you the most...
I feel inspired and attracted by nature and by art. A tree, a painting, a photograph or a ancient building in my city can make me happy.
3)Tell us about your experience as  photographer...
I recently started working in this field. I feel relaxed and free when I photograph. Sometimes I can think about nothing else and I see everything in the world as a big picture, a beautiful one that exists only to be contemplated and maybe captured by the right eyes.
4) Three adjectives to describe yourself
Dreaming, reliable, enthusiastic
5)  A film, a book and a song
It is hard to reply to this, but I will try.
A film: "Giulietta degli spiriti" by Federico Fellini
A book: "Swann's way" by Marcel Proust
A song: "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
6) What camera do you use?  lense?I use a Nikon D610 even though I have started with a Nikon D5100 (many of the photos in my portfolio have been taken with that camera), and I have three prime lenses. I have recently received, as a present, a Lomo instant, and I already love working with it!
7) Tell about exhibition if you ‘ve had any
I did not have any exhibitions so far, but it is sometimes I dream about.
8) Do you sell prints?...
No, I don't at the moment, but I think that if someone would be interested in that, I would be glad to offer the service.
9) What was your most big success? I don't really know. I can say I had many little successes which my heart and soul felt as big ones, from my graduation to the day when a client asked to have her wedding photos taken by me for the first time.
10) Favourite photographerRobert Doisneau, Paolo Roversi, Ferdinando Scianna, and many others young artists - famous or not - I find everyday on photography websites and magazines. 
11) Your main concept
Time and memories
12) What is your occupation job
I am trying to focus only on photography at present. I have a degree in Publishing and Journalism but I recently worked as a translator, just to mention one.
13) Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a (professional) photographer
I don't know if I can give suggestions to someone as I am still trying to understand this job and its world. I feel like saying: go on taking photos, improving your skills, day after day, capturing what means something for you. Work on yourself first, then be patient and confident!
14) Do you work as photographer? 
Yes, I work as a freelance photographer.
15) Your plans
Continue taking photos, do something that makes me satisfied with myself, travel a lot and maybe publish a good book. 

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