Heute stelle ich euch bei „Hinter der Kamera“ Laura Vanzo vor.
Laura, 24 Jahre und aus Frankreich, ist mir auf „TheDPhoto“ aufgefallen. Mir haben ihre minimalistischen Aufnahmen auf Anhieb gefallen. Natürlich musste ich Sie gleich anschreiben und ein kleines Interview führen, damit sie ein wenig meinen Lesern von Ihren Bildern und Eindrücken erzählen kann.
How did you get into photography?
I bought my first camera about three years ago. At the time I mostly drew and painted, and what I knew about this art came from my mother, who was an amateur photographer. I remember that as a child, I followed her when she shot weddings. During my studies, I met some people who had a passion for photography, and I felt more and more attracted by this way to express myself, because I realized how much freedom we can have behind a lens.
Did you learn the photography in school/workshops or by yourself?
At first, I did learn to use my camera – thanks to the tips that amateur photographers gave me. And by practicing a lot, of course. Photography has become a game for me, and I began to see the world in a different way. I learnt to edit my pictures by myself, but also thanks to the inspiring work of talented photographers I found on Flickr. I still have so many things to discover in order to improve myself, and I would love to experience workshops.
What are your „favorite subjects“?
I especially like to photograph subjects in which every person can recognize himself. Maybe it explains why my portraits often show people’s back. I also like to shoot vast landscapes, and to give them the colors of my dreams. My goal is to emphasise the little details around us that people too often forget to look at. I think I’m in love with life, and I want to share this feeling through my photos, even when it’s about sad things (but which are part of life too). I put all my thoughts and my soul in my pictures, they are like an open window on my mind.
How do you edit your pictures?
I edit all my pictures with Lightroom. I mostly focus on the light and tones, giving as much as possible a feeling of a vision between dream and reality to my photos. I also work on textures to reach a soft result. Most of my pictures are cropped in a square format, which gives me more possibilities of composition, in my opinion.
What equipment do you use?
Today, I use the same camera than when I began: a Pentax K-r, associated 90% of time to my 35 mm f/2.4 lens. But I’m seriously thinking about purchasing a Nikon. This brand has an impressive range of lenses, and I already had the opportunity to shoot with it in a recent past.
Why is photography important to you?
Photography is not only a way to express myself, it’s a way to share real feelings with other people. I’ve always felt that if my photos can touch even one person on this earth, then they are worth sharing. Photography also completely changed my point of view. It seems I see the world through my lens all the time, even without camera, and it adds something magical to the everyday life. I couldn’t imagine living without it now.
Do you have a favorite photo?
Yes I do. It’s always difficult to chose only one picture, but if I had to chose, it would be without any doubt „To be human in this world“. Maybe because the subject is my father, and because it was taken in one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen in my entire life: the view from Montmin.
Who or what influenced you to become a photographer?
A lot of talented photographers influence me everyday! It can be about the subjects and concepts, like Simon McCheung; about the work on the colors and light, like Vanessa Paxton, Andrew Smith (Cuba Gallery), Paige Nelson, Liisa Härmson…; or about the textures, like a photographer I recently discovered, Rachel Bellinsky. The world is plenty of amazing people with incredible creativity skills.
Do you have some tips for beginners?
To practice, again and again. And especially to take pictures that you like, even if it seems „useless“ or „stupid“. Nothing is stupid, and if the result suits you, it’s the most important. Believe in yourself, and remain „free“. There is no rule in art.
Thanks for the interview!