Māgoa presents Ria Mort, a fashion photographer from Athens, Greece. She loves to experiment with colours, emotions and personal story behind the photographs, which are, according to Ria, the most powerful element present in photography.
Hi Ria, and thank you for joining us here today! Could you please introduce yourself?
Hi, thank you for having me. My name is Ria Mort, I am 22 years of age, I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. My involvement in photography has been a 10-year journey including studies and a Bachelor’s Degree from a private university in Athens and for the past 2 years I have been working professionally in my field all over Europe.
Please share some of your childhood memories towards photography. When did your love for photography start?
My fascination with photography dates back to my childhood. I can vividly remember around the age of 12 I would recruit my friends, dress them up, do their makeup and take photos. I have always been drawn to fashion and the arts in general.
You come from Athens, Greece. Do you take any inspiration from your home country?
Your birthplace and origin are carved into your DNA, they are always there, but for the most part my influences come from various places. I’m always drawn to foreign cultures.
How would you describe your photography style?
I wouldn’t care to label my work under a particular style of photography, it feels a little restrictive to me. Every artist has their own imprint on what they do.
What do you like to express through your work most?
My visuals stem from the formation of a visual dialogue regarding contemporary issues.
What fascinates you most about people you shoot?
I am naturally attracted to unique people and styles of beauty that wouldn’t necessarily fall into the traditional idea of what society would call beautiful.
Can you describe a typical shoot?
Stage one would be the formation of a theme for the shoot followed by a mood board to bring my ideas together as a story and communicate my vision right to my collaborators. Then I will proceed to scout and locate models that fit in with the theme and contact their agency.
What is typically in your camera bag?
Um, let’s see: 2 camera bodies, one full frame and one cropped, extra lenses, a laptop, camera batteries, memory cards and a hard drive.
Any favourite editorials or photographs you are most proud of?
My favourite project to this day would have to be an editorial I did for Sicky Magazine called “NASA”, plus the positive feedback I received made it that much sweeter.
How important is location and background for a great photo?
Location is always important when putting together a story. However, a strong theme and clever styling can bring a story to life even against a plain white wall.
If you could tell yourself anything when you first started out, what would you say?
That cutting edge equipment in not that important after all.
What are some of the latest fashion trends this year that you absolutely love and hate?
Love kitten heels but hate biker shorts.
You’ve clearly worked with a wide range of models. What tips do you have for people looking to expand their portfolio?
Don’t hesitate reaching out to people for collaborations and new projects.
Who would you like to work with most?
Generally people who are driven and passionate about what they do. Having that energy around is contagious in the best way.
You have done a lot of work throughout Europe. What was your favourite photoshoot place and why?
From my experience travelling around Europe for the past 2 years, my favourite place to work would have to be London. Incredible creative energy, a fast pace that I can get on board with and array of projects happening all around.
Any fun stories you would share with us from those places?
My funniest story took place in Holland. I was working on an editorial for Cake Magazine at that moment, while being a guest at a friends apartment. She happened to be moving during my time there and the apartment was filled with boxes and bubblewrap. That visual quickly turned into an editorial unexpectedly.
If you could have anyone in the world take your portrait, who would it be?
What tips or advice do you have for other aspiring photographers?
Your camera is just material equipment, if there is no honesty and originality coming from it that will show in your visuals.
What lies ahead for you?
There are several projects I am working on at the moment, so my immediate future is pretty well planned. Further than that, I’m exploring the option of moving to London full time.
Ria, thank you very much for your time and answers. The best of luck with your career and upcoming projects!
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