This week we spoke with the talented Eugenia, a brilliant freelance photographer. Evgenia shared her professional viewpoints on black & white and artistic photography as well as the importance of licensing.
1. How did you discover photography? What was the initial feeling about it that made you want to continue and pursue it as a hobby or even a career?
I always enjoyed photography as a visual consumer. Six years ago I received a medium format Holga Camera as a birthday gift. I remember being absolutely amazed when I saw the very first results after I developed my first black and white roll. I got excited about the fact that I could produce something like that by myself. From that day taking pictures became my real hobby and after a while, I started a blog on the Internet as I felt the need to share and a couple of years ago I decided to try and make it in a more professional way.
2. What kind of photography do you like to work with and what are your favourite shots? Styles, landscapes, people, architecture, man-made objects…
I love black and white film photography. I am fascinated by how the film grain makes everything appear slow and raw on the image. I feel it’s easier to concentrate on what’s important in the monochrome mode without being distracted by the colour. Even though colour photography is essential and I am not denying it. At this point, I am interested a lot in the urban environment and everything related to it. This includes architecture, industrial structures, recreational zones, sports grounds, abandoned interiors as well as modern design. At the same time, I like shooting lookbooks. So I am trying to mix both.
3. What do you consider as areas to improve in photography, for you personally? Take anything from technical knowledge, deciding which lenses to use or shooting in ambiguous lighting.
At this stage, I think I still have some unsolved problems with flashes. I prefer natural light which of course sometimes can lead to some technical issues and limitations which I face.
4. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
I am getting inspired quite easily. It could be literally anything from music to cinema, from my own life experience to a concrete personality. Recently I made a shooting being inspired by my all-time favourite Jim Morrison and The Doors music.
5. Wow, sounds interesting, a symbiosis of sound and visuals. What has been the best picture you took, and why you think so?
It’s hard for me to distinguish one particular picture. But if I need to choose one, I would pick the nude self-portraits. It’s interesting, intimate and at the same time an open experience, a kind of a dialogue with yourself. It’s a great moment of discovery. I think that every photographer should do a nude self-portrait at least once.
6. What is key to taking beautiful photos like yours? Could you share a thing or two to help aspiring photographers at Lobster capture those breathtaking moments?
Wow. I don’t think I have a special know-how. I am just trying to take the whole thing easily without being afraid to make a mistake. Maybe it’s because of my crazy Holga background. At the same time, I try to work hard and deliver the best result I can. Sometimes you have to go for it yourself, you have to keep exploring. I love discovering the location before shooting and then make it all come together like a puzzle.
7. People post a lot of pictures on social media accounts and some others take them for granted, unknowingly or illegally. What do you think about a service like Lobster which gives the latter a tool to acquire image licenses from social media authors and pay them? Do you think licensing social media photos is useful and is it feasible at all for a bit wilder countries like Russia, where you originate from?
I think that licensing the photographs at all levels is extremely important. It’s protecting your work as an amateur or a professional especially now with the importance that all the social medias do have in our life. Particularly here in Russia people should form a habit and develop a culture to buy any kind of artwork presented on the Internet instead of downloading things for free.
8. Last but not least, let’s conclude with what else drives you apart from photography, or even, drives your photography?
My second passion in life is music. It’s a great source of inspiration for me. I am crazy about rock-n-roll concerts and music festivals. I love the live sound, it gives me a sublime feeling of being reenergized each time.
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