– How and when did you become interested in photography?
For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in art in general, monochromatic art in particular, and in following the entire art making process myself.
Photography for me is a means of expressing myself and the way in which I see things by reflecting reality in a frame and emphasizing details that allow observers to see the way in which I interpret the environment.
Engaging in art, for me, is not something you reach by chance; you do not study to become an artist. Art for me is a state of mind and a different perspective of our environment.
Working in photographic art constitutes observation, through a unique pair of glasses, of situations in public and personal space, objects and their environmental links. As well as the ability to document as an observer from the side, I find that in photography the possibility of empowering objects by creating alternative environments, sculpturing reality and emphasizing qualities by giving observers a window that allows them to interpret images as they see fit. All these drew me to photography, which I had discovered as a young girl.
– Is there any artist/photographer who inspired your art?
I admire the work of many photographers, including Wolfgang Tillmans and Richard Avedon. Nevertheless, I find my style to be considerably different. The inspiration for my work comes from the flow of the human body’s movement and the result obtained from the encounter between light and the object.
– Why do you work in black and white rather than colour?
In monochromatic photography I find the ability to create a separation of photographed objects on a level that highlights their qualities and draws attention using contrast and tonal range. In my naked and still life photographic works, I am drawn to the enormous potential of black and white photography, which enables me to sculpt objects using light and shadow. I use these abilities to emphasize themes as they appear in my mind and to give them expression using photography.
– How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph/series of photographs?
My work as an artist is characterized by creating long term projects and comprehensive bodies of work. In my opinion, work on such projects sometimes never reaches an end, and in my opinion, while developing, work on a project could be seen as and indicates changes in an artist’s perception and how s/he views a photographed subject as if it was a child growing up. As well as a project’s maturity and progress, over time I find that ongoing work is evidence of personal connections between artists and their work.
Creating an image as part of a series starts for me at the conceptual stage when I see in front of my eyes the final results that represent emotions, situations and a message that I want to convey. After initially processing an images in the form of an idea, I plan technical execution by gathering data and carrying it out. In the process of reaching the moment of photographing what I have constructed, I create environmental conditions that support the photographed object but leave place to integrate unexpected qualities, which I failed to identify previously and as such allow photographed subjects an element of independence in their behavior in the photograph.
During my work on artistic nudes in these projects, I emphasize subjects’ neutralization from their environment, their connections and myriad identification elements while importance is given to the way they position their bodies and its significance for observers when integrating light. My work process in the nude projects includes using women volunteers who have no background in photography as models and many self portraits that constitute a large part of my work and change its nature in the studio from photographer and subject to photographer who is also the subject.
– Where is your photography going? What projects would you like to accomplish?
My work currently is focused on three main projects, which have been in development for the past three years. In the last six months, I began to work on a new series. Ongoing and increase interest in these subjects drive these projects forward. Each one is motivated and starts with a question I want to examine and find an answer. Therefore ongoing work on projects constitutes a means of finding an explanation to a question and basic postulations. In my opinion, the ability to express my views while photographing a picture, make maximum use of and express images constitute for me the achievement and therefore I seek to complete my work on a specific project.