May I introduce: Elizaveta Porodina
You can sometimes get much more from a photo when you know
the intention behind it. As you rarely get any information about not yet so famous photographers, I decided to interview them instead. Elizaveta Porodina starts with some great answers. If there are
any questions you want asked in the future, feel free to contribute
(a mail firstname.lastname@example.org will do). Elizaveta's web site can be
found here. Her Flickr Account is worth a click here. For more inspiration, facebook is always waiting.
Can you still remember your first picture you actually got money for? Or your first photo printed?
Yes, of course. I think a passionate photographer never forgets these things. Funny enough, this picture was the one, which got printed, and also one I got money for. It was an unusually sunny day in October when I decided I would do my last sequence of the Gold Project. So I called up one of my favorite muses and we went to an empty roof in the centre of Munich. At first, he was really shy, but during the shoot he gained confidence and even ignored some people who were constantly staring at us from the opposite house.
What inspires you?
I collect most of my inspirations in the movie- genre and literature. David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott, FF Coppola. A book by Truman Capote and Michel Hoellebecq (zz: map andarea) always provides me with new ideas and inspirations. As in photographers it would be: William Eggleston, Polaroid collections of Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Mert & Marcus ...
Do you think it's important to stay within one style, or be as flexible as possible?
Generally, I think it is important to have a kind of own "thing", a certain look in your photography that lets people recognize you in them - no matter when or in which context they see them. On the other side, being stuck in one special style too much might suffocate the creativity and limit the fantasy of one. TO avoid it , I run constantly different projects that focus on very creativity- pushing light and make - up techniques.
Digital or analogue?
Mostly, I take digital pictures. I have my analogue times once or several times a year, though. Taking analogue pictures means not knowing how the picture will look in the end - so you must pay extra attention on the composition, the pose, the muse's expression etc.
Do you have any favorite photographer? Or model?
It might sound uninspired, but I adore Helmut Newton's Polaroids. I think no other photographer has achieved this level of virtuosity considering the use of colors, the composition and the setting of mood in a Polaroid. As for models, I am always inspired by gorgeous redheads like: Karen Elson, Ilva Hetmann or Tilda Swinton.
Anyone dead or alive you would want to shoot? Could be a place to.
I would really love to shoot Yo-Landi Vi$$er from Die Antwoord. Her face is awkwardly beautiful, and her hair is terrific. I also think that our styles and visions could really connect on a good level.
What would you do if photography weren’t an option (in terms of jobs or hobbies)?
Probably I would be working as a clinical psychologist, which is also what I have studied.
Any plans for the future?
In my near future, I plan to be published in more fashion magazines and on the fine art side; by the end of 2012 there is an exhibition in planning. Watch out :)
Jan. 13, 2012
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