May I Introduce: Katrin Braga
Higheels on a skateboard? She had me the moment I spotted that photo. What an awesome shot. The girl behind this: Katrin Braga. If one photo looks that promising, I was very curious how the rest of her work would look like. Analogue shots of mainly girls, but also some documentary shots complete her profile. She finds just the right level of showing dreamy girls without getting cheesy or romantic. Her photos remind me rather of little artworks than of usual photographs. After knowing what my favourite photo of hers is, she also told us about hers... and what National Geographics got to do with all of that.
How would you describe the style of your photos?
Where do you take your inspiration from?
My main source of inspiration comes from the people I’m surrounded by. It also depends on where I am, either if it is Vancouver where I live or Iceland where I come from. They are such wildly different places that have different sources of inspiration.
Who or what made you become interested in photography?
I first picked up a camera when I was around 16 and never stopped shooting after that. Photography for me is a really good excuse to approach people you are interested in meeting and it definitely taught me to be less shy.
What's the best thing about being a photographer?
To connect with people on a different level. I experience people’s personalities and lives through a lens which makes you perceive and experience the world differently.
What do you think about digital manipulation?
I definitely use Photoshop in my digital fashion work. But I’m really against it when people transform and change the models’ bodies. It’s not real. That’s one of the reasons I lean more towards documentary photography because it has more of a sense of realism. I enjoy fashion photography to a certain extent but sometimes it becomes a little bit too crazy.
Where would you like to see your pictures published?
I’m kind of fading away from fashion photography and becoming more interested in documenting life around me and telling stories visually. I’m currently working on a piece about my home town in the east of Iceland that is only populated by 500 people. If documentary photography will be my main goal for the future, National Geographic would be on the top of my list.
What are your goals and plans for the future?
To experiment as much as I can. To fail and succeed.
Which one of your pictures is the most important to you?
I have two photos that I can’t choose between so I’ll include both of them. The first one is a photo I shot of my grandfather in my hometown Fellabær in 2011. In the photo he is sitting in his pink study where he writes and takes his daytime naps. He does the crossword puzzle every week and the week I was there the puzzle matched his pink wall, I thought that was a strange coincidence. I also have a weird attachment to his orange 60’s lamp that you can see on the photo. I’m pretty sure it’s been there all my life.
The second one is a photo I shot five years ago, or when I was seventeen. It’s a photo of my favourite mountain in eastern Iceland in a town called Fáskrúðsfjörður where my mom lives. I remember running up a mountain through thick snow on Christmas day to get the shot because the sun was shining perfectly on top of it. I think it’s rewarding to experience the mountain as it changes through the seasons.
Interview: Lena Kammer
Dec. 7, 2014
Labels: On track, May I introduce