lunedì 19 novembre 2012

Who is the person behind the photos?

My partner Mark Sink and myself make the work together.

 How did you discover photography and what makes you keep on doing it?
When I was a child, my dad would teach me the basics of using a camera. In high school I took a photo class and knew from then on that is what I wanted to do. I set up a darkroom in my family's second bathroom and would stay up all night printing.

Which artist would you like to work with? 
I have many artists I admire. I already work with and collaborate with someone I love and admire, Mark Sink. I feel very lucky to collaborate with him almost every day. Sylvie Tillmann, Bruno Dayan,  Paolo Roversi, Rineke Dijkstra, and  Nazif Topçuoğlu are a few of my contemporary favorites.  

In your opinion, what are the characteristics of a photographer, and what differentiates it from a good photo taker?
Well almost everyone is a photographer these days with digital cameras. They are easy to use, and a wonderful tool. I think a good photographer is someone who thinks of art, photography, painting, history, cooking, life, people, all day long, everyday all day and never takes a break from work. Art is not work as an artist, it becomes like a labor of love, like raising a child. You would do anything for it and never cease being committed to it. Art is life.

What are your hobbies besides photography? 
 I like to cook, I worked as a cook for a couple years, I now work as a florist, I love flowers and bees, I like to blog, watch people on the street, I sew and construct many of the outfits in the pictures with the help of my mom, I like bookmaking.

Is there anything you want express with your works?
The way I see things.

What do you expect from your photographic future? 
I expect there is a lot for me ahead. I have ideas I am just starting to work on and I hope I become a better photographer and make better work all the time. I hope that I am not ever without a camera and if I am I hope I am doing something really wonderful and interesting instead and then take a picture of it.

 Thanks to Kristen Hatgi

Photos by Kristen Hatgi and Mark Sink

giovedì 1 novembre 2012

November is Rowena Waack

For the most parts I'm interested in fashion related portrait photography. I like to shoot outside and all I need is natural surroundings and people's natural beauty.

 Principalmente mi interessa la fotografia di ritratto legata alla moda. Mi piace scattare in esterni e ho solo bisogno di un ambiente naturale e le bellezze naturali delle persone.

I've always been interested in fashion as a way to express yourself and that's why first I learned how to sew, thought about having a career in the business and have been working for fashion designers, but finally I realised I only want to be able to cover my personal needs and I'm not interested in selling anything that only rich people could afford.

 Sono sempre stata interessata alla moda come mezzo per esprimere se stessi e per questo prima ho imparato a cucire, considerata l'idea di avere una carriera nel settore e ho lavorato per dei fashion designers, ma alla fine ho capito che voglio solo essere in grado di curare le mie esigenze personali e  non sono interessata a vendere qualcosa che solo i ricchi potrebbero permettersi.

I want to create something that is easy to share and would make people happy just by looking at it. I think this led me to photography, more than to drawing or painting.

Voglio creare qualcosa che sia facile da condividere e che renda felice la gente semplicemente guardandola. Penso che questo mi abbia portato alla fotografia, più che al disegno o alla pittura.

Photography can be very direct and honest, that's why I like it - it's mostly realistic and at the same time able to transport atmosphere and feelings. I'm trying to capture the beauty and/or extraordinary and I hope the people that see the pictures have a reaction towards it.

 La fotografia può essere molto diretta e onesta, per questo mi piace - è per lo più realistico e allo stesso tempo in grado di trasportare l'atmosfera e sentimenti. Sto cercando di catturare la bellezza e / o lo straordinario e spero che le persone che vedono le immagini abbiano una reazione verso di esso.

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