Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Visual Artist Noell S. Oszvald

Noell S. Oszvald is a self-taught visual artist and photographer from Budapest, Hungary. although Noell doesn't like to be referred to as a photographer, she uses photography as a base for the images she creates. She became an internet sensation for her captivating creations.
 Her dream like images are so powerful, surreal yet very simple and sophisticated, she captures the simplicity of basic composition, allowing herself and her surroundings to blend beautifully even with the lack of colors she's able to produce art that everyone can relate to .“I don’t want to tell people what to see in my images. This is the reason why I never really write any descriptions other than titles. It shows what I wish to express but everyone is free to figure out what the picture says to them. It’s very interesting to read so many different thoughts about the same piece of work.”
Claudia Moscovici  once wrote about her work saying “A sense of harmony with our surroundings that doesn’t place human beings on top, but rather as one with nature.” 

to know more about Noell, read below... 

Who has inspire you the most in terms of photography?
Director, screenwriter Ingmar Bergman.

Do you think that you have your own personal signature ?

I would like to think that I finally found my own voice.

Most of your photos are simple, effective and black and white, would you call that your signature?

I suppose you could. This is the only way I’m comfortable creating art.

What scares you the most?

I’m a very anxious type of person, so many things scare me. The most scared I’m of is probably the future.

Whats your favorite locations to shoot at?

Most of the time I use my own room to make my images.

Do you prefer indoor or out door photography?

It depends on where I can find a suitable place for a picture, but I think I prefer to create indoor.

Do you recommend any websites for photoshop tutorials?

I can’t, I’m sorry. I've never used any of those, I like to figure these things out myself.

What is your favorite photo taken by another photographer?

It’s not a photo. It’s scene from the film, Wild Strawberries by Ingmar Bergman.

What is your favorite photo taken by you?

It has to be Silence or Thoughts.

Do you think its hard to be unique and have your own style in photography? how do you manage to stay creative? 

It’s difficult to get there, but once you manage to find your own voice it gets somewhat easier, because you know what you want to see in your images.

Is fame important to you?

Absolutely not. I obviously want people to discover my art and follow my journey as an artist, but as a person I don’t wish to be popular. I share very little about myself. I want my pictures to speak for themselves while I’m staying in the shadows.

When you first started at photography, what were the mistakes you made a lot?

I tried to imitate other artists’, not finding my own style. So many bad pieces I had in my portfolio and I've always felt uncomfortable about them. I’m now thankful for this feeling, because it helped me find the right path.

Any new project you're working on?

Yes, on a sculpture. It’s difficult, but I hope I can finish it soon.

What frustrates you the most about the world of photography?

I’d like to be accepted as a visual artist. I don’t claim to be a photographer. I edit my pictures, I build props for them, I draw or paint on them. I use photography as a base for the art I create. It'd give me a sense of freedom, the feeling that I’m allowed to take a picture and make it into something else. 

What kind of photography gear do you use? ( camera, lenses, computer, tablet)?

My first camera was a starter Canon dslr, now I have a Lumix Lx7 and I bought a medium format film camera last year. I want to experiment with it in the future.

Your Flickr portfolio only contains 8 photos, how come?

I don’t want to include my first pictures into my portfolio, I really want to forget those. These very few images are what I have right now and I hope to make more.

Noell's Facebook page -- Flickr -- Portfolio 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Photographer Sasha O Interview

Sasha O 

 Very talented, creative photographer with a long - hard to pronounce- last name,
Sasha has an interesting take on self portraits that will leave you inspired!

wanna know more? well, keep reading... 

Introduce yourself
I’m Sasha O (short from Oleksiichuk, as no one can read or pronounce my last name correctly  ), 24 y.o. at the moment (feel myself like 20), proud to be Ukrainian, currently live in Belgium.

How long have you been doing photography?
I bought my first camera in 2008, started as a hobby, but it dragged me deep inside for the rest of my life.

What type of camera do you use? 
Canon 5D Mark III


What is your ideal camera (doesn't have to be real)
The one that could make exact same picture like in my head with pressing one button. 

If you had to choose one lens what would it be?
85mm 1.2. I love the depth of field it creates.

Do you prefer natural light or flash?
I use more natural light right now, but plan to get used to strobes.

Indoors or outdoors?
Both. All depends on location.

Who do you think is overrated as a photographer or model?
I think none. As you can get great result only when both a model and photographer work together, understand each other and do their own job the best they can. 

Do you like using actions? 
I do use actions, mostly my own, to speed up work. But I also like actions from Michael Woloszynowicz, as he is really great photographer and retoucher. 

Describe your favorite image taken by you. 
I haven’t taken yet my favorite picture. It’s still in the future.

Describe your favorite image taken by another photographer. 
There is too many such images. Hard to pick one.

If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?
I’d play cello. My favorite instrument.

What was the hardest thing you learned in photoshop?
The hardest thing was and still is skin retouching. I still can’t get the result I want.

If you can photograph anyone or anything in the world who/what would it be?
I’d photograph famous people or the Earth from the space.

What movie/play/book/ music inspire you?
It’s my favorite movie Amelie. Also Tarantino movies, as he always has great lighting. And all music that I like inspires me.

What inspires you the most?
Different things around like random rope, sea shells, paint, snails, shadows, food. Can be location, weather, my dreams.

Name few of your favorite photographers 
Except such well known as Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz and Joey L I like works of  Oleg Oprisco, Kirsty Mitchell, Rob Woodcox, Miss Aniela, Robby Cavanaugh, Cristina Otero, Anita Anti, Lorenzo Invernici. They all inspire me a lot.

How can you describe your style?
I don’t have one style yet, but what I like to shoot it’s portraits, conceptual, fine art.

Did photography change you? Your vision? The way you see the world?
 Definitely. Now it doesn’t matter what I do, where I go, what I see, I think in ‘photography mode’. I notice lights and shadows, colors, texture that would be beautiful for picture, I look on some things and I automatically think how I can use it in photos. I can’t simply watch a movie without reaction ‘Oh, this is a great shot’. And I love it.

If you had magical powers (breath underwater/fly/be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?
Underwater photos.

If you could meet with any famous person dead or alive who would it be? What would you say or do?
Joey L. I’d take a picture of him.

If your life was turned into a movie what kind would it be? How long would it last? And who's going to play your character?
It’d be comedy, drama, romantic movie, for 2 hours with Lucy Hale.

How would people describe you?
I have no idea, as what people and I think about myself can be different things.

You created a beautiful series ( No face) how did it all start?
It was not finished idea from the beginning. Sometimes I have days when I don’t want to shoot my face, but I still need to make a picture. So I looked around at home for objects that I could hide my face with. As I planned to make images for few days. Something different, but that would work together. And not to make exact same picture I used different walls, with different window light, but made the same crop. And only when I finished I saw that they can be like a gradient – from lighter to darker one. Sometimes the idea evolves in the process. 

Your photos seem playful and humorous at times, romantic and soft at times, is that your personality peeking through your work?
Yes. I think my personal mood shows a lot in my pictures even when I don’t realize it. I can make dark moody portraits for days, and then suddenly bright and soft.

Who are your biggest supporters?
My boyfriend and my best friend. They always support me no matter what and believe in me more than I in myself. Without my boyfriend I’d drop 365 at the beginning. He also helps to take some of my self-portraits.

Did photography play a roll on your make up skills?
Yes, as with photography I can make some weird, unusual things, experiment, what normally I’d not wear as a make up for everyday. And I can’t ask some make up artists everyday, so I have to do it by myself.

Everyday you come up with a creative concept, how do you keep producing ideas?
To be honestly I don’t know how. I’m always afraid that magic jar of ideas will be empty one day 

Tell us about your veggie series, did you just wake up one day thinking I'm gonna wear a tomato crown? 
 I was chatting with my photographer friend Martina Dorkinova , first about lack of ideas, then about food. I mentioned that I’m gonna cook an eggplant, and she challenged me to take a photo with eggplant. After eggplant I wanted to try other colors and I was playing with face expressions to make it more funny.

What do you enjoy the most in the process of creating a photo?
Usually it’s shooting and that moment when I get good picture I was looking for. But sometimes it’s retouching, as I get sometimes interesting result from a simple image.

Which photo was the hardest to create?
I think the one with yellow flowers. Not so much because of concept, but editing. As I was shooting with one single flower and with natural light, it took me few hours to pick and place flowers, correct their brightness, edges and other details. But with the hardest photos you learn the most.

Do you watch photoshop tutorials, or read books about photography? if so tell us about it
I’m a big fan of Phlearn and Aaron Nace. Also I watch tutorials of Vibrant Shot (of Michael Woloszynowicz), Creative Live, Natalia Taffarel. Good tips has Karl Taylor, And I like to watch documentary videos about famous photographers. Recently I’ve finished to read a book about food photography – to learn and try something new, and I have books of other favorite photographers.

Would you let me interview you again? 
Of course. After I get better in photography and make more great images 

Find Sasha : Facebook -- Flickr -- Website

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Photographer Anna Theodora Interview

Anna Theodora 

 I'm not sure I can put a label on Anna, given my experience with her I'd say one of the most humble, down to earth ridiculously talented photographers I know!
I'm very lucky to have the opportunity to ask her few questions and share them with you guys,

Introduce yourself 
Well, my name is Anna Theodora, I'm a Brazilian photographer. I've been doing photography as a hobby since 2007, but started working as a photographer in July 2010. 
When I started I was using a Canon T1i, now I use a Canon 5D Mark ll.

What is your ideal camera (doesn't have to be real)
That would be one with the same dynamic range of the human eye 
If you had to choose one lens what would it be?
probably the 35 mm 1.4

Do you prefer natural light or flash?
I actually like working with both, even though I've been working with strobes for one year only.

Indoors or outdoors?

Self portraits or models?

You are very attractive and expressive in your self portrait, have you ever thought about modelling for somebody else?
I don't think there are many photographers that like to pose for other photographers haha I most of all, don't like to.

Do you like working with models? Can you name your favorite model?
I love working with models, it's usually lots of fun. But I don't have one favorite model, there are quite a few that I love working with.

Who do you think is overrated as a photographer or model?
I don't usually think of these things, but then I remembered there's this Terrence Richardson person...

Do you like using actions?
Yes, I always use actions :)

Describe your favorite image taken by you.
I can never pick one single absolute favorite for anything haha everything has some kind of emotion or memory attached to it.

Describe your favorite image taken by another photographer. 
Same here

Do you like shooting weddings?
Nope, I shot a few in 2010 and decided that's not what I wanted to do.

If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?
a writer, maybe...

Do you read any photoshop related books/ articles or watch any online tutorials, if so please link to them
It has been a long time since I read anything, but I learned a lot from Natalia Taffarel's dvd on skin retouch.

What are you still learning? 

Did photography effect your fashion and style? 
It sure did haha I've started to be a little more aware of how to style myself. 

you've recently dyed your lushes brown locks to icy ones and then blue, what a daring move, tell us about that,
I had never done anything to my hair, so I decided I should, before I get too old to be fooling around with my hair like that. It was also obviously for photos/self-portraits, but then I got super busy with work and didn't have much time to take self-portraits. Bummer :(

it also seems like the change of your hair color had effected the "mood" of your self portraits 
I felt free 

If you can photograph anyone or anything in the world who/what would it be?
I would really love to photograph the whole world haha I love traveling. And there are also quite a few models that I would love to work with one day. Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne are two of them.

 What inspires you the most? 
Music inspires me the most, but books and movies too... and arts as well.

Who inspires you the most?
I never have just one source of inspiration, there's a lot of talented and inspiring people around.

How can you describe your style?  
Some people have said that there's a kind of innocence in the sensuality I picture. And a little bit of a sense of "laissez faire, laissez aller, laissez passer" 

If you had magical powers (breath underwater/fly/be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?
I had always wanted to be able to fly. I'd be taking some crazy landscape pictures.

If someone asked you how can i be you, what would your answer be? 
Why the hell would you want to be anybody else other than your best self?

Follow Anna's -- Flickr  -- Twitter -- Instagram -- blog -- buy prints here