I'm a photographer and specialize in portrait and documentary photography and the mix of the two.
My primary interest are people and aspects of human condition.
If you'd like to know more, below is an interview I gave for a magazine in which I speak a bit more about my work.
Thank you for your interest xx
1. How did you get interested in photography?
I don't remember getting interested in photography at a particular moment, I've enjoyed taking pictures since I was a child, it was always fun.
I went to art school planning to become an interior designer and one of the things I appreciate most from the experience is realizing I absolutely didn't want to be one. My concentration and commitment issues don't mesh with projects that last months, the burden of all the manual work that has to be put into it, as well as the high costs, maintaining an office, depending on clients, subcontractors and legal regulations.
As a photographer I'm very independent. The image is created in a fraction of a second, even very complex shoots usually don't last longer than a few days and if I'm not content with the outcome, I can relatively easily discard it and start over. Also, I really enjoy how condensed, fruitful and engaging the act of taking pictures is in itself. To me there's something sexual to it, it's actually very similar, in many ways, to having sex. Designing (drawing, painting and carving too) seem more dissolved in the nature of the activity.
Around the same time I gave up interior design, I saw a documentary about a very famous photographer in a photography class and it clicked: realizing how well this medium matches my personality, how natural, pleasant and joyful working and expressing ideas, through it it is to me. And that's when I decided it's going to be my profession. I remember that moment very well, it was like falling in love with someone who was always there.
2. What makes you interested in a person? How do you choose your models?
People, in general, are endlessly interesting to me. Everyone knows something and has had experiences which you haven't, in everybody there's something you haven't seen before, another crumb of the uncaptured truth about our world. I don't always make a connection with the people I meet, but it always happens when I look at someone through a lens. And photography is fast, I can dedicate the time it takes to take a picture of anyone.
With that being said, I'm not able to specify what makes me choose a model. It's like with physical attraction, you see patterns and similarities but with everyone it's different, what happens between you and another person is always unique.
3. Do you prefer to shoot indoors or outdoors?
I like both but usually prefer indoors. I feel more in control of the light and the atmosphere. Taking pictures of people to me is hunting for a certain expression, inducing and capturing it, and it's easier when I can control the environment.
4. How has photography changed your life?
As it has been present in my life for so long and in it's complexity is very tightly connected to who I am as a person, it's impossible for me to separate myself from it, or know who I would be without it.
My sister, a brilliant illustrator, asked me once why I sometimes engage in an subject that is considered visually unappealing to most. I was taken aback by the question because to me the world is a wonder, just as it is, I'm moved by everything I photograph. People speak of a lost paradise and I don't feel it was ever lost, I see it in the reality we all live in, and that's what I try and hope to show through pictures.