You’ll be glad to meet DesignersCouch creative Elizaveta Porodina, a young fashion photographer from Munich, Germany. Her work is unparalleled, passionate in its beauty and enchanting in its concepts. Elizaveta explores hidden emotions and photographs her models in such intimate moments that it’s hard to believe they are posing for her.
Her Stardust series and Prayers For Rain Project have made her hugely popular and her work continues to astound and inspire. Enjoy some of her best work, then see our short but insightful interview with her below.
Q. How’d you get started in photography?
I am self-taught. I never took classes or pursued a special education of photography. However, I’ve been art-addicted for very long. When I was 13 I started to draw and illustrate. When 21 (two years ago) I found that photography was the more appropriate medium for the expression of my feelings. And so it is today.
Q. Your work features some images that seem woven from pure magic. Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from my environment. Winter nights in a big city, books, facial expressions and attitudes of my friends, tiny unique moments between me and this other irreplaceable person, other works of art, memories about growing up, music, music, music.
Q. Tell us a bit about how your Stardust series came to be.
I wanted to picture the alienation, the intimacy and the isolation of unique creatures. I wanted to capture strange moments and surprise myself, which is my main aim in photography.
Q. Your type of photography means models have to use with their entire body – hands, back, even feet. How do you connect with your models to accomplish such shots?
I guess that my psychology studies help a lot.:-) When I take pictures I want the model to show me the strangest and the most intimate expression he or she can make. It is important because, for me, it is the only way to a good picture. I also think that this motivation is a very strong one – it is so strong that it can motivate the model to show his best expressions. For a few hours we make an intense intimate connection which makes it easy for the model to be open.
Q. How important has location been to capturing the perfect shot and adding to your stories?
All those things – the location, the model, the camera, the light (which depends on the location, as I seldom work with artificial light) are equally important. A story can only be told properly if all elements are credible and coherent.
Q. Any thoughts for someone wondering how to elevate their photography?
Becoming obsessed with photography is the best way to elevate the level. When you are obsessed with something, it is the middle of your existence,the most important thing. You start thinking all the time about it and your mind searches for inspirations and expressions constantly like a hunting dog. You start practicing all the time – not because someone says it is necessary, but because you need it like air to breathe. So – a constant obsession would be my advice.
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