At Lobster, we’re lucky enough to collaborate with some extremely talented photographers and our most recent discovery is certainly no exception.
Kristiana Pandere is a 24 years old creative from Latvia and her photography surprises us with its unique technique.
‘I am mostly self- taught, through experimentation and unceasing desire to learn something new’ – she says.
Did your love of photography come before you started to study design? How do they interfere and influence your everyday life?
Ever since I can remember, I have always been artistic, I love creating new things, drawing and painting, it’s like a meditation for me. A few years ago, I took a camera in my hands and through the lens I started to look at things from a different point of view. My interest for graphic design appeared a bit later, but as well, it plays an important role in my life. Being creative in different fields helps me to think wider, I think. Trying to mix together different skills and techniques helps not only to discover something new for myself but also opens up more opportunities.
Your Easter photo is the star of this season at Lobster and, there’s an interesting vision you manifest through manipulation. Could you provide our community with a quick technical tip?
Using manipulation in photos might be quite a time- consuming process and, although we are aware that technologies now provide us with a very wide range of options, and with a variety computer programs we are able to create a completely anything, I still prefer to try my best to create scene and capture everything on the place, so the light and background don’t change and the result ends up as realistic as it can be. Of course, there is no way to skip the post-processing part, but this helps to think more about the photo and the outcome you want to achieve and save some hours of sitting in front of your computer screen.
Taking photos versus retouching photos – which is more exciting to you? How do you manage them both in the process?
This is a tough decision. Both of those things can lead to something beautiful and exciting, but if I have to choose, taking photos wins! I love taking a camera with me anywhere I go and perpetuate what is happening around.
What’s one thing that you could shot over and over again and it will still be fascinating to you?
That brief moment before the sun rises above the horizon, it’s simply magical, especially in late summer, when the fog and dew complement this enchanting landscape. And, of course, forest and its narrow trails.
What are three special photographs you’ve made? What’s the story behind each of them?
This photo is about seizing the moment. Being able to stop and look around and enjoy the nature walks. I had this idea and wanted to realise it as soon as possible, I took those scrabble pieces, camera and bike, ride to the nearest lake, where this beautiful forest is located, it turned out not only as a good photo, but also a nice evening spent outside by the lake.
2. The Dream
Self-portrait. That pleasant and long-awaited feeling after a long day when you fall into your bed and could swear you won’t get up for a day or two. Although, only thing out of the ordinary might seem the levitation, hair, and dress and, I myself was put together from 8 different photos to make it look like this.
Midday walk at the Ogre’s Blue mountains National park in Latvia. For me, this photo reflects the magic of walking through the forest and exploring the surrounding, when the unknown allures to keep going and see more and more.
Other featured photographers in the series: Loic Lagarde is shooting at the crossroad of art and technique, Jonas Anhede emotional and storytelling images, Igor, the Northen lights hunter, Sunny’s travel adventures and the Instagram Bucketlist Journey star Annette White.