Visual artist Noell S. Oszvald

Noell S. Oszvald is a self-taught visual artist and photographer from Budapest, Hungary. although Noell doesn’t like to be referred to as a photographer, she uses photography as a base for the images she creates. She became an internet sensation for her captivating creations.
 Her dream like images are so powerful, surreal yet very simple and sophisticated, she captures the simplicity of basic composition, allowing herself and her surroundings to blend beautifully even with the lack of colors she’s able to produce art that everyone can relate to .“I don’t want to tell people what to see in my images. This is the reason why I never really write any descriptions other than titles. It shows what I wish to express but everyone is free to figure out what the picture says to them. It’s very interesting to read so many different thoughts about the same piece of work.”
Claudia Moscovici  once wrote about her work saying “A sense of harmony with our surroundings that doesn’t place human beings on top, but rather as one with nature.” 
 
 
 
to know more about Noell, read below… 




Who has inspire you the most in terms of photography?
Director, screenwriter Ingmar Bergman.

Do you think that you have your own personal signature ?

I would like to think that I finally found my own voice.


Most of your photos are simple, effective and black and white, would you call that your signature?

I suppose you could. This is the only way I’m comfortable creating art.

What scares you the most?

I’m a very anxious type of person, so many things scare me. The most scared I’m of is probably the future.
 
Whats your favorite locations to shoot at?
 
Most of the time I use my own room to make my images.



Do you prefer indoor or out door photography?

It depends on where I can find a suitable place for a picture, but I think I prefer to create indoor.

Do you recommend any websites for photoshop tutorials?

I can’t, I’m sorry. I’ve never used any of those, I like to figure these things out myself.
 
What is your favorite photo taken by another photographer?
 
It’s not a photo. It’s scene from the film, Wild Strawberries by Ingmar Bergman.


 
What is your favorite photo taken by you?
 
It has to be Silence or Thoughts.




Do you think its hard to be unique and have your own style in photography? how do you manage to stay creative? 

It’s difficult to get there, but once you manage to find your own voice it gets somewhat easier, because you know what you want to see in your images.



Is fame important to you?

Absolutely not. I obviously want people to discover my art and follow my journey as an artist, but as a person I don’t wish to be popular. I share very little about myself. I want my pictures to speak for themselves while I’m staying in the shadows.

When you first started at photography, what were the mistakes you made a lot?

I tried to imitate other artists’, not finding my own style. So many bad pieces I had in my portfolio and I’ve always felt uncomfortable about them. I’m now thankful for this feeling, because it helped me find the right path.


Any new project you’re working on?

Yes, on a sculpture. It’s difficult, but I hope I can finish it soon.

What frustrates you the most about the world of photography?

I’d like to be accepted as a visual artist. I don’t claim to be a photographer. I edit my pictures, I build props for them, I draw or paint on them. I use photography as a base for the art I create. It’d give me a sense of freedom, the feeling that I’m allowed to take a picture and make it into something else. 



What kind of photography gear do you use? ( camera, lenses, computer, tablet)?

My first camera was a starter Canon dslr, now I have a Lumix Lx7 and I bought a medium format film camera last year. I want to experiment with it in the future.

Your Flickr portfolio only contains 8 photos, how come?

I don’t want to include my first pictures into my portfolio, I really want to forget those. These very few images are what I have right now and I hope to make more.


Noell’s Facebook pageFlickrPortfolio 

Potographer Sasha O Interview

Sasha O 

 Very talented, creative photographer with a long - hard to pronounce- last name,

Sasha has an interesting take on self portraits that will leave you inspired!

wanna know more? well, keep reading… 

Introduce yourself
I’m Sasha O (short from Oleksiichuk, as no one can read or pronounce my last name correctly J ), 24 y.o. at the moment (feel myself like 20), proud to be Ukrainian, currently live in Belgium.

How long have you been doing photography?

I bought my first camera in 2008, started as a hobby, but it dragged me deep inside for the rest of my life.

What type of camera do you use? 
Canon 5D Mark III


 

What is your ideal camera (doesn’t have to be real)

The one that could make exact same picture like in my head with pressing one button. 

If you had to choose one lens what would it be?

85mm 1.2. I love the depth of field it creates.

 

Do you prefer natural light or flash?

I use more natural light right now, but plan to get used to strobes.



Indoors or outdoors?
Both. All depends on location.

 

Who do you think is overrated as a photographer or model?

I think none. As you can get great result only when both a model and photographer work together, understand each other and do their own job the best they can. 

 

Do you like using actions? 
I do use actions, mostly my own, to speed up work. But I also like actions from Michael Woloszynowicz, as he is really great photographer and retoucher. 

Describe your favorite image taken by you. 

I haven’t taken yet my favorite picture. It’s still in the future.

Describe your favorite image taken by another photographer. 
There is too many such images. Hard to pick one.

If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?

I’d play cello. My favorite instrument.

What was the hardest thing you learned in photoshop?

The hardest thing was and still is skin retouching. I still can’t get the result I want.

If you can photograph anyone or anything in the world who/what would it be?

I’d photograph famous people or the Earth from the space.

What movie/play/book/ music inspire you?

It’s my favorite movie Amelie. Also Tarantino movies, as he always has great lighting. And all music that I like inspires me.

What inspires you the most?

Different things around like random rope, sea shells, paint, snails, shadows, food. Can be location, weather, my dreams.

Name few of your favorite photographers 

Except such well known as Richard AvedonAnnie Leibovitz and Joey L I like works of  Oleg OpriscoKirsty MitchellRob WoodcoxMiss AnielaRobby CavanaughCristina Otero, Anita Anti, Lorenzo Invernici. They all inspire me a lot.

 

How can you describe your style?

I don’t have one style yet, but what I like to shoot it’s portraits, conceptual, fine art.

Did photography change you? Your vision? The way you see the world?

 Definitely. Now it doesn’t matter what I do, where I go, what I see, I think in ‘photography mode’. I notice lights and shadows, colors, texture that would be beautiful for picture, I look on some things and I automatically think how I can use it in photos. I can’t simply watch a movie without reaction ‘Oh, this is a great shot’. And I love it.

If you had magical powers (breath underwater/fly/be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?

Underwater photos.

If you could meet with any famous person dead or alive who would it be? What would you say or do?

Joey L. I’d take a picture of him.

If your life was turned into a movie what kind would it be? How long would it last? And who’s going to play your character?

It’d be comedy, drama, romantic movie, for 2 hours with Lucy Hale.

How would people describe you?
I have no idea, as what people and I think about myself can be different things.

You created a beautiful series ( No face) how did it all start?

It was not finished idea from the beginning. Sometimes I have days when I don’t want to shoot my face, but I still need to make a picture. So I looked around at home for objects that I could hide my face with. As I planned to make images for few days. Something different, but that would work together. And not to make exact same picture I used different walls, with different window light, but made the same crop. And only when I finished I saw that they can be like a gradient – from lighter to darker one. Sometimes the idea evolves in the process. 

Your photos seem playful and humorous at times, romantic and soft at times, is that your personality peeking through your work?

Yes. I think my personal mood shows a lot in my pictures even when I don’t realize it. I can make dark moody portraits for days, and then suddenly bright and soft.

Who are your biggest supporters?

My boyfriend and my best friend. They always support me no matter what and believe in me more than I in myself. Without my boyfriend I’d drop 365 at the beginning. He also helps to take some of my self-portraits.

Did photography play a roll on your make up skills?

Yes, as with photography I can make some weird, unusual things, experiment, what normally I’d not wear as a make up for everyday. And I can’t ask some make up artists everyday, so I have to do it by myself.

Everyday you come up with a creative concept, how do you keep producing ideas?
To be honestly I don’t know how. I’m always afraid that magic jar of ideas will be empty one day.

Tell us about your veggie series, did you just wake up one day thinking I’m gonna wear a tomato crown? 

 I was chatting with my photographer friend Martina Dorkinova , first about lack of ideas, then about food. I mentioned that I’m gonna cook an eggplant, and she challenged me to take a photo with eggplant. After eggplant I wanted to try other colors and I was playing with face expressions to make it more funny.

What do you enjoy the most in the process of creating a photo?

Usually it’s shooting and that moment when I get good picture I was looking for. But sometimes it’s retouching, as I get sometimes interesting result from a simple image.

Which photo was the hardest to create?

I think the one with yellow flowers. Not so much because of concept, but editing. As I was shooting with one single flower and with natural light, it took me few hours to pick and place flowers, correct their brightness, edges and other details. But with the hardest photos you learn the most.

Do you watch photoshop tutorials, or read books about photography? if so tell us about it

I’m a big fan of Phlearn and Aaron Nace. Also I watch tutorials of Vibrant Shot (of Michael Woloszynowicz), Creative LiveNatalia Taffarel. Good tips has Karl Taylor, Lynda.com. And I like to watch documentary videos about famous photographers. Recently I’ve finished to read a book about food photography – to learn and try something new, and I have books of other favorite photographers.

Would you let me interview you again? 

Of course. After I get better in photography and make more great images.



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Photographer Anna Theodora Interview

Anna Theodora 

 I’m not sure I can put a label on Anna, given my experience with her I’d say one of the most humble, down to earth ridiculously talented photographers I know!

I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to ask her few questions and share them with you guys,

Introduce yourself 

Well, my name is Anna Theodora, I’m a Brazilian photographer. I’ve been doing photography as a hobby since 2007, but started working as a photographer in July 2010. 

When I started I was using a Canon T1i, now I use a Canon 5D Mark ll.


What is your ideal camera (doesn’t have to be real)
That would be one with the same dynamic range of the human eye 

If you had to choose one lens what would it be?
probably the 35 mm 1.4

Do you prefer natural light or flash?
I actually like working with both, even though I’ve been working with strobes for one year only.

Indoors or outdoors?
both

Self portraits or models?
both

You are very attractive and expressive in your self portrait, have you ever thought about modelling for somebody else?
I don’t think there are many photographers that like to pose for other photographers haha I most of all, don’t like to.

Do you like working with models? Can you name your favorite model?
I love working with models, it’s usually lots of fun. But I don’t have one favorite model, there are quite a few that I love working with.

Who do you think is overrated as a photographer or model?
I don’t usually think of these things, but then I remembered there’s this Terrence Richardson person… 

Do you like using actions?
Yes, I always use actions :)

Describe your favorite image taken by you. 
I can never pick one single absolute favorite for anything haha everything has some kind of emotion or memory attached to it.

Describe your favorite image taken by another photographer. 
Same here

Do you like shooting weddings?
Nope, I shot a few in 2010 and decided that’s not what I wanted to do.

If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?
a writer, maybe…

Do you read any photoshop related books/ articles or watch any online tutorials, if so please link to them
It has been a long time since I read anything, but I learned a lot from Natalia Taffarel's dvd on skin retouch.

What are you still learning? 
Everything

Did photography effect your fashion and style? 
It sure did haha I’ve started to be a little more aware of how to style myself. 

you’ve recently dyed your lushes brown locks to icy ones and then blue, what a daring move, tell us about that,
I had never done anything to my hair, so I decided I should, before I get too old to be fooling around with my hair like that. It was also obviously for photos/self-portraits, but then I got super busy with work and didn’t have much time to take self-portraits. Bummer :(

it also seems like the change of your hair color had effected the “mood” of your self portraits 
I felt free 

If you can photograph anyone or anything in the world who/what would it be?
I would really love to photograph the whole world haha I love traveling. And there are also quite a few models that I would love to work with one day. Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne are two of them.

 What inspires you the most? 

Music inspires me the most, but books and movies too… and arts as well.

Who inspires you the most?
I never have just one source of inspiration, there’s a lot of talented and inspiring people around.

How can you describe your style?  
Some people have said that there’s a kind of innocence in the sensuality I picture. And a little bit of a sense of "laissez faire, laissez aller, laissez passer" 

If you had magical powers (breath underwater/fly/be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?
I had always wanted to be able to fly. I’d be taking some crazy landscape pictures.

If someone asked you how can i be you, what would your answer be? 
Why the hell would you want to be anybody else other than your best self?

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Intervew with Adnan Nawaz Khan

Feel like going on a trip?

I came across this photographer for a while now, It’s not really like me to follow street style photographers but once you see the photos you’ll understand.

Here we go 

- Introduce yourself.

Hi I am adnan, born and raised in Pakistan, lived for some time in london and currently in Netherlands.


- How did you find your passion for photography?

I have the curse or blessing whatever you like to name it , of having an observant eye, I am always noticing things around me, simplest things attract me and I always like to document things around me, I got a chance to work with few fashion photographers and that’s when I really started it as a hobby, gradually I started doing architectural shots since you know how rich the city is with its glorious build.

- Going through your photos I really felt like I was travelling with you, how do you make sure you “capture” the right moment?

At times it just happens in a blink of eye really, I end up capturing things as I witness them, at times I would see a perfect corner for a photo opportunity but would wait for people to walk by so I can make them part of my story, for me my pictures are a way of telling my story and my journey, it’s a simple thing but I know if you keep things simple and just put them across , people can take it from there . I leave a lot for imagination and it creates a sense of journey for the viewers.

- While travelling do you find yourself reaching for your DSLR or your Iphone more often?

I am guilty as charged for reaching out to my iphone, it has become my go to gear, it’s just fast, and for the kind of style I have it’s all about capturing moments as they happen and in light speed really.

- What was your favorite place to photograph?

so far Rotterdam and Breda have been fascinating here. But apart from them i love photographing London.

- Are you strictly a Street style photographer or do you see yourself doing other types of photography (composites) for example?

I actually did experiment a lot, I tried doing conceptual shots since there always are ideas running around through my head but somehow street style is what I love doing .

- Who inspires you in terms of photography?
I am an indecisive person, lots of things inspire me, many people , friends , colleagues and obviously renowned artists and their work, I can’t really name any one specifically, I like looking at and learning from anything or anyone that inspires me.

- Where inspires you in life?
Oh, my mother the most I guess. She is a balance of everything amazing about life.

- You seem to be a book lover, what is your favorite book ?
choosing a book would be like choosing between breathing without oxygen. The kite runner, raja gidh (in my native language urdu), Alchemist and Khalil jibran’s the prophet are to name a few.

- What music do you like to listen to?
I am into sufi music, but I really can listen to anything at all , depends on what kind of mindset I am  in.

- Who are your biggest supporters?
Well,I guess my friends and family obviously.

- Not so long ago you were added to instagram suggestion list, tell us about that?

 yes, that was a opportunity that came my way after my picture was selected from the world insta meet held for the Amsterdam region, it felt good to be acknowledged like that.

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- Do you have any tips for travelling with gear?
Always travel light, don’t go for fancy gear , know your absolute strengths first and choose accordingly.

- How long have you been doing Europe Diaries?

It’s been half an year almost, I started soon after I arrived last year.

- You also created karachi diaries, how in love are you with your culture?
Very much, culture defines who we are, and being part of Karachi, the biggest multicultural urban city is amazing, you get to witness an outburst of cultures and traditions with mix of everything modern and in between as well.

- Is there any other diary your planning to start in the future?
I do have some collaborative work planned, you’ll have to bird watch my instagram to know about that.

- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you do?
After Europe i would love to explore south american countries, specially Peru to explore the ruins of Machu Picchu.

- You happen to paint as well as you photograph, have you ever thought about combining these two skills together ( like use stylus pen and photoshop to draw over your photographs)?  

Yes, I have tried doing that  and I am planning on something but I wont give that away right now.

- Have you made any online “photography” friends?
A lot, that’s the best part about all of these social platforms that you get to meet like minded people with crazy talent, I have made amazing friends all around the globe and learned a lot from them as well. 

- How did photography change your life?

I think it widened my thought process more, it makes me think and challenge myself as to how I can improve more, it’s a competitive world, I like to push my self and do better each day than before. Also the people I’ve met and the experiences I shared with them have been life altering in most cases.

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The songbird camera bag by Kelly moore review

First of all, I would like to point out one of the main reasons why I decided to buy and then review this bag,

Well, I am a photographer and these days it’s really hard to find a secure padded stylish camera bag,

I also travel very often and don’t feel safe travelling with a bag that screams ” there’s expensive camera gear inside me” so getting this camera bag that  doesn’t look like a camera bag seemed to be the perfect answer 

for that.

I also searched all over the internet for a review on this bag with this color and wasn’t able to find one so for everyone that wants this bag in this color, this review is for you!

Making decisions,

I have to say it took me a while to finally decide which bag I was getting because they all seemed so beautiful and versatile,  they’re almost within the same price range but each bag had a different personality,

My biggest dilemma at the time was making a choice between the Classic Kelly moore bag and the Songbird,

I guess I was meant to have the songbird because the classic was out of stock.

Ordering,

I have to say the layout of kelly’s website is very elegant and clean, there are enough images of each bag to show more details, and for every bag there’s a short video of Kelly talking about the bag and walking you through it so you can have the best use out of it,

It made me feel secure to order from her website because I can see how honest she is.

the songbird bag was the first bag to have a video tutorial made specially for it  

The bag,

I have to say … picking the bag was one thing, but picking the color was a completely different kind of struggle the bag is available in four different colors , classic black, brown ,orchid pink and cobalt.

I decided to go for the cobalt color because I’m always going for classic colors for my bags and I believe it’s time for a little change, I also believe that making an investment like that I should at least get a statement piece while usually most people would go for a classic color in investment pieces I decided to do the opposite .

When I first got the bag I was shocked by the color, I expected it to be a little darker but I actually love how unique it is

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This bag has two straps, one shoulder strap ” that’s a little too short for my taste ” and one messenger style strap ” which is my favorite” and a shoulder pad ” that is removable” ,

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The bag has ridiculous amount of storage, the front flap is actually a pocket itself, when you left the flap, there are two pockets at the front that can fit a 5 inch phone easy,

Behind these two pockets is a zipper pocket that you can keep some small items at,

Inside the bag there’s a removable padded basket with adjustable dividers and enough space for other things both from the front and back.

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Now, to the best part of this bag,

The posy pocket,

The posy pocket is a beautiful edition to this beautiful bag, when you open it, there’s a huge pocket for your business cards, credit cards, ID and more, behind that there’s also another slip pocket that can be used for receipts,

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The posy pocket’s flap has a smart SD card , CF card holder and can easily hold up to 12 cards.

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My thoughts,

The overall look of this bag is absolutely stylish, fashionable along with being practical,

Is it a must have? well,  It depends….

Are you always shooting out? Are you a traveler that is constantly carrying gear? If the answer is yes, than it’s worth it,

However if you don’t think you’ll be using this bag as much then don’t buy it,

Oh wait I actually mentioned earlier that you can remove the padded basket so, if you are into the bag as a bag and not a camera bag then I’d say GO FOR IT

From my experience I feel like it makes a beautiful carry on bag while travelling, it can fit camera body, one to two lenses( depends on the size) , one flash, a laptop plus whatever you’ll be putting in the flap pocket, the posy pocket and the front two pockets,

So what do you think?   

more information about this lovely bag can be found at :

Kelly Moore’s official website 

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