May I Introduce: Anna Bloda
Reading an article about modern club kids in New York, I stumbled upon a photo which caught my attention. A photograph by Anna Bloda. After a little research I figured she had a lot more weird portraits within her collection. I don't think her photography is beautiful, but I don't thinks that's what she's going for. Her portraits are a unusual, sometimes a little disturbing and definitely a page stopper. To figure out more about her work, I found this interview (via Dazed Digital) to give a little insight.
What's... ...your work all about?
Meditation and contemplation of beauty.
The one photograph you wish you’d created?
A portrait of Madonna.
The most important thing for an artist to remember?
That it’s ok to be clueless sometimes. Over the years, I’ve learnt that a lack of clues can often lead way to something extraordinary! I think photography is quite a magical process. I love the fact that I often don’t know what’s going to be the final income. Spontaneity, technicality are all very important here. But most important of them all is taking risks and sticking to your own voice.
What's the most inspiring thing you’ve ever done?
Meeting Terry Richardson in New York’s Washington Square.
What's the cleverest thing you’ve ever done?
Taking a risk.
What's the stupid thing you’ve ever done?
Getting advice from my mom.
Describe what beauty means to you?
Beauty is mystery. It also has an ability to touch others.
What is it about Eastern Europe that inspires you so much?
Nothing inspires me as much as the innocence that I find in Eastern Europe. Perhaps it’s because I lost it at some point myself? I’m really attracted to girls, who possess some kind of purity. I’m not a lesbian, so the only way I can work with that attraction is by taking photos of them.
What equipment/film do you use? What do you like about what you use?
I think it’s the human eye that creates a picture. Lamps, flashes and digital cameras are only there to help us modify the image and achieve the best version of what we’re aiming for. I currently use a Nikon D200, but I’m secretly dreaming of the new soft lens from Carl Zeiss…
Who are your influences – art/film/literature/other photographers?
Literature is very important to me. I love anything by Phillp K. Dick – basically anything that uncovers the unconscious and stimulates my mind. I think I’m generally addicted to the so-called mental shocks, which is why art, cinema and anything that expends my horizons play such a huge role in my life.
interview via: Dazed Digital
June 7, 2015
Labels: May I introduce