My name is Svetlana, I’m from a tiny village located East of France.
How long have you been taking pictures?
I’ve started photography approximatively 3 years ago
When did you get into photography and why?
Unconsciously I had the need to take pictures, it was kind of an excuse to meet new people around an artistic and aesthetic project. Since the beginning it’s a therapy for me. Go out and put on image what’s tormenting me
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
My style necessarily evolved during my learning journey. At the beginning I hadn’t a style really, no guideline, I just shot simple portraits in big quantity. This helped me to learn quickly all the basic techniques and to see and realise what would define me the best. Now that I’m comfortable with this, I’m finding myself in poesy a bit anguished.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
Usually I Have two types of shooting. The first as a “test shoot” with a new model where I don’t really prepare something particular: I’m doing therefore some classical portrait to get to know the model. Then the second type for my defined projects where I sometimes draw them down or I’m writing a list of words, I refrain myself from pictural sources of inspiration in order not to constrain or limit my imagination to something existing.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
For the time being it’s true that I’m having more interest for stories and emotions, I’m really trying to tell a story in my pictures but I always keep a aesthetic guideline that I imposed myself since the beginning and is more instinctive.
Do you have an influences you can share?
What inspires you?,
I’m inspiring a lot from stories, some novels clearly inspired me for some series or sometimes they come from my dreams.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
I don’t' think that there is such thing, they help us to evolve, work on ourselves, they are always specific to our point of view, you’ll touch more or less people through your art, the most important is to work for yourself and not for others.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I’m taking pictures only for fun, as a hobby. I think I’d lose my creativity if I had to live from it. I prefer to be free, let it be and shoot what I want whenever I want without having the need to create on a daily basis, I think I’d feel less free.
Which social media platforms do you use and why? Everything really, I use social media quite a lot. It is thanks to them that I’m finding my models, meet outstanding creative people whom I’m even friends with today.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I’m usually following photographers that are capable to bring me into their world, whom I’m travelling into another dimension, theirs. I’m also following those who are emotionally strong or technically very strong. I don’t follow much of them but I’m curious to follow their evolution through their style and to have conversations about photography and art with them.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I don’t have a real point of view on this point, I’m personally using a dslr camera, because It fits to my way to work, I don’t belittle other tools, I’d just don’t feel comfortable using something else than my camera. I think the most important is to know our tools and to create the picture wanted.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? I’m choosing my equipment depending on my needs, the locations and the finish I want to obtain.
What is your dream location to shoot at? I’d dream to travel to Island with one or several models to have an adventurous journey with my backpack full of accessories, outfits and obviously hot tea.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? It’s difficult to choose a specific one, I think my favourite picture is the first nude I’ve shot for my series “the bodies”, it was by chance, without necessary understanding the intention during the capture, but that was finally the starting point for my therapy. It was during an urbex expedition and the location was really inspiring, we discussed it with the model and she exactly understood my ideas.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Contrasts, dreams, melancholia
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? It’s amazing, we constantly have our smartphones close by, having the possibility to capture a moment in a good quality is really great, but it’s not the same process, not the same pleasure to take a picture with the smartphone. It’s convenient but less complete and not for the same purposes.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?. In the beginning all photographers probably think they need to have the best cameras and latest technology. But I honestly think it’s just matter of comfort or a pleasure that is not a real need. I prefer to have a tool that I know well and matches my needs than the most expensive camera, I’d even probably be afraid to get it off my bag.