Hello, Eva. Welcome to Māgoa and thank you for agreeing to this interview . We are really honored to present such a young talent to our online readers.
Could you quickly introduce yourself in a few short sentences?
My name is Eva, I am 19 years old and I come from the surrounding area of Celje. I am in my 4th year of Secondary school for photography and design in Ljubljana – more specificly I study graphic design. I’ve lived in Ljubljana for 4 years now. Apart from photography my passions are dancing and fashion.
How did your photography journey begin?
My journey began in 2016 when we did photoshoots with my friends Marija and Ajla just for fun. At that time Snobshots were very popular on Instagram which sparked my love for fashion. After that I started posting more fashion themed photos on my Instagram with the #snobshots, hoping people will notice and appreciated my work. In only two months I received a lot of positive comments on my work and that kept me to proceed my work in photography. Fun fact – I didn’t take that much interest in photography before that.
Are there any photographers who have influenced you?
Yes, so many of them! I especially get inspired by photographers who work on tours with musicians. They make a variety of content like photos, videos, collages, short clips of the concert and on top of that they, travel the world while working. One of those photographers is definitely @filmsbylevi who is currently on tour with Joey Bada$$. I get a lot of inspiration for my work from Vitali Gelwich, Jean Pierrot and Petra Collins. They all have perfected their own minimalism that I believe gives their photos serenity.
How have you and your work evolved over time?
More than quality I believe my thought and creative process have evolved in the past couple of years. I now know more things, I am more organised and so on. I now know exactly what I want and I make it that way, which gave me a lot of trouble in the past.
Do you remember your first photograph and what was its motive?
My first photo was a photo of a white rose that I took while being bored during vacation. In the end, this photo ended as a screensaver on my computer. Well, I was 12 at the time.
How would you describe your vision and style?
My style has changed a bit. I used to do only street fashion photography, but now I am also experimenting with art photography. I haven’t found my own style just yet, because I change all the time and I want to try out everything. It’s rather difficult in the beginning to identify yourself in just one style since there is so many you want to try out and don’t know which one will fit you best. However I can honestly say that the vision for my work is still going to be expressed through street fashion and culture.
How do you come up with an idea and what is your working method?
Ideas come when I least expect them. Sometimes I walk home from school and I think of something new or I am talking to my friends and I get a new idea. I write them down in my notebook and then later I put more thought into it in peace. I don’t like to think about that too much, since I want my work to be more spontaneous. That can sometimes be my a bit of a negative quality, especially where I need to adapt to a certain project and I wish to do things my way.
Where do you do most of your work?
I do most of my work literally anywhere – at school, in my room, at student home, outside, on the train … I am not limited to a certain space where I do my work. I am very spontaneous with places for photoshoots and I get the inspiration for new ones everywhere.
Do you have anything you like to focus on?
Yes I do! Usually I focus on clothing. I love to put together outfits for models and I’ve done photoshoots like that since the beginning. My guilty pleasure for quite some time has been buying clothes and accessories for models. What I also like to focus on is to get to know the model at least a little bit before the photoshoot.
Do you do any post production work?
That is actually my favourite part, because that is when my work comes to life. Even after a difficult day and coming home really late, I will still make time to edit my photos. Sometimes when I’m feeling down and when I am not sure in my work, I start edit the photos, play with colours and I instantly get my drive back.
What technology / software / camera gear do you use to keep focused on what you do best?
I currently use Canon 80D in combination with 50 and 18-70 mm lenses. I also use analogue Yashica 150 Zommate camera. I really wish to upgrade my equipment, however the time is not exactly right for that now and I can still make good photos with what I got.
What is the best thing you experienced by being a photographer?
Probably that it keeps me away from my phone. One of my favourite things is that I do not feel the need to share my photo process with others or to share all my work to social media. One of the things I love most is showing the final result to people I worked with. I love their excitement when they love the way they look in the photo.
Who are some of your favorite photographers past or present?
I can’t really pick just one, they are all important to me. If I have to choose, I would have to say all the photographers in the past, who worked only with an analogue camera. I think they gave photos more emotions, soul and of course effort. Especially now, since the analogue and polaroid photography and film is not used as often as before.
What’s the best thing someone said about your work?
There hasn’t been anything specific apart from the compliments I received for my work. It means a lot to me everytime anyone says my work looks “dope” or “really cool”. Perhaps the best thing anyone has said to me was, that I work really fast, which shows my dedication to photography and also that this isn’t something I have to do, but something I want to do.
What would you like to see more of in the photography world?
More photographers who evolve their own style. I have seen way too many who’s work looks exactly the same, especially among young photographers.
What’s next for you?
Firstly I hope to finish secondary school successfully and to enter the Faculty of Design in Trzin. I am also working on another interesting project this year but I can’t say much since it is still a secret. I can promise you it’s going to be something special.
Eva, thank you very much for your time and answers. The best of luck with your career and upcoming projects!
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