Interview: Photographer Sandra Jascherica (Latvia)
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Tell us something about yourself
I am a photographer from Latvia (Riga) and I like to take pictures of people and their feelings.
How and when did you get into photography
I turned to photography almost ten years ago, when I started my studies in the faculty of psychology. I was fascinated by therapeutic effect of photography, its ability to revel a multifaceted psychological nature and an in depth soul of a person.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
When taking photos, emotional proximity to a model is essential to me-similarity of views and values , a feeling of unspoken and word-less understanding. There are no make-up artists and stylist involved on the scene. We use a space around us, bringing flowers and books into play as props, we talk about life, listening to music, it is complete freedom and improvisation.
What does photography mean to you?
It is a way to explore yourself in the presence of the other, to survive a variety of roles. I was taking a picture themselves through their model, they guided me to different time and space, it is a journey and growth.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
Mostly it is a psychological portrait and a nude portrait. It is a game with emotions , dresses, sounds and lights, moments in front of the mirror, wich you can observe , opening the curtain on the world of women.
Where do you get inspiration from?
The greatest inspiration comes from music. I listen to music with the models that inspired and create their own movement and dynamics. Can also inspire a model or muse, are usually interesting and original people with their own unique experiences and life stories, it is important that we feel each other's vibrations. Of course, these are high-quality photos. Authors who have inspired me-David Hamilton, Paolo Roversi, Anton Corbijn, Lillian Bassman.
Studio, on location or both?
I prefer the natural sun light , as well as the natural environment. Much of the photos are taken in my apartment, which is a little shabby vintage style. I like that I can fix the human senses him in the natural environment, often it is in nature, or just in the kitchen, drinking tea.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I think that this is a hobby . Sometimes I take photos commercially, but it is where I am interested in the product, if I can choose the model that I like and to control an entire photographic.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
All sessions are interesting and unique. There is a photo session for the first time to meet the model become the best of friends, they I remember well.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
My friends, their feelings, nature.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I am using a Canon camera and the most love in the old Soviet-lens Helios-44-2 2/58, Jupiter 21
(outdoor shooting) and self made tilt -shift .
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I think it is to work on their own special style and be patient. Take pictures as long as your name will begin to work in your favor.
What do you think of our new magazine?
Elegant, well-organized and provides an opportunity to get to know other photographers. I wish you creative success and thank you for the invitation!