Interview: Photographer Verena Mandragora (Switzerland)
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Tell us something about yourself and How and when did you get into photography?
I started with photography in 2007, doing some event stuff for a small magazine during my studies. People have always been the focus of my work. Since 2011 I´ve been working on fashion photography and stuck to it till the present day. It is kind of addictive.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is a way to get those images out of my head.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I try to keep it simple, but sophisticated. My photos are straight and easy, without a lot of effects and pretty on point. Void and vacancy is a big issue in my work.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Anything can be inspiring. Starting from a certain song in your playlist, locations, faces of your models or different light situations. I often stop in the middle of the street because i´ve seen something interesting, ending up chasing it with amused or irritated people staring behind me.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Yes, I´ve always got a certain mood for a picture. But most of the idea is actually happening on set and a result of team work.
Studio, on location or both?
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I work as a professional photographer, so the second, I guess.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
There are a lot of lovely memories, but one of the funniest productions I´ve ever had, happened to be on a farm. We arranged our models with a lot of animals like pigs, sheeps, cows, horses and as everyone can imagine .... it´s harder to work with animals than with human models. Starting from a pony that loves to eat your reflector – tasty! – ending up with an award-winning cow that got an extra styling for the shoot to look shiny ..... supermodel´s attitudes!
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Light and Shadow. It´s the essence of every picture.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Everything that takes pictures. I work with the Canon system using the 50 mm and 70-200 mm lenses most of the time.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Keep on going. Know what you are good at and even more important: Know what you are not good at.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It´s a great opportunity to bring your work to an international audience and to have the freedom to publish stories that represents free spirit apart from commercial work.