AN INTERVIEW WITH PHOTOGRAPHER LAURA ZALENGA, A 22 YEAR OLD FROM MÜNCHEN, GERMANY. WE THINK YOU SHOULD KNOW HER BECAUSE SHE DOCUMENTS HER EVERY DAY LIFE AND CREATES GORGEOUS IMAGES COMPLETE WITH HER THOUGHTS AND STORIES ABOUT THE PHOTOS THAT REALLY TAKE YOU INTO THE EXACT MOMENT SHE PRESSED THE SHUTTER.
How long have you been taking pictures?
How did you get into photography?
I’ve always been a very visual person and one with a very bad memory, so at first my camera was something like a diary only to document daily life but after some time I realized the power of this medium. It enables you to tell stories, fairy tales or to create completely new worlds.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From everything that is surrounding me. Music, other artists work, things laying around, places, special lights, memories, …
What message do you want to send through your art?
I think it’s not a message but rather feelings and moods and moments.
Do you have a favorite photographer?
Rather 6: Marie Hochhaus, Alex Stoddard, Tim Walker, Annie Leibovitz, Theo Gosselin, and Tamara Lichtenstein.
Do you have a favorite subject to shoot?
What gear do you use?
Nikon D5000 with Nikkor 18-70mm f/3,5-4,5 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. Sometimes I use my analog Nikon F65.
Do you have a favorite camera to use?
I couldn’t decide between these two.
If you could go anywhere in the world to take pictures, where would you go?
Do you believe that anyone can be a photographer?
I think the biggest part of photography is learnable but there is also something like having this inherent feeling for compositions, colors and mood.
What’s your favorite thing about photography?
The ability to show the world like you see it, to tell stories with just one single image.
What’s your least favorite thing about photography?
That people think just because you love photography you will do any photo related job for free, and explaining again and again why I take self portraits.
What is your favorite picture you’ve taken?
The black/white one with the face watching the observer through a hand mirror because it looks like a hole into another world.
Do you think photography will always be a part of your life?
Yes. Definitely. It is the air I breathe.
Is there an element you think every photograph should always have?
‘The’ mood. For me it’s the most important thing about a photo.
If the end of the world is near in 2012, what do you hope to accomplish with your art?
If I knew that 2012 the world would end I would instantly quit my architecture study and dive into photography.
Check out the featured photos on Laura’s Flickr: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10