Vladimir is a great photographer from Serbia. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with photography?
I always love sky, and when I had for a first time cell phone with camera at year 2006, I was start to capture sky, sunset, nature, and other similar things, and after all this years I still taking a photos, but with non-expensive camera that I buy before new year, so now I can make that sky a bit closer than before.
How important is having a unique style as a photographer? How would you describe your style?
Well, first of all, I am not a professional, so I don’t know about styles, and maybe that is a good thing, when you don’t know something, you can find something new, and maybe that is the free style, when you have a feeling to take a photo, just take it in that unique moment, and don’t think about anything else. Be a camera, and let the camera do the rest of the job.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
I grow up in Serbia, so, I “change” many countries, and not move anywhere, as you can guess, it is because of the Yugoslavian thing. Wars, crises, inflation, that was my childhood. Because of so many bad things, people always find something good, to forget bad, or make life become better. Maybe that is the reason why I always find something good at small things. If you don’t see something good down at ground, just take a look up, to the sky, maybe you can be suprised.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers out there?
First of all, you must love what you do. If you like to take a photos of humans, take it, if you like to capture animals at nature, try that, whatever you do, just follow your emotions, capture photos with your eyes, forget about a camera or smartphone, it is just a tools, and tools exist only to help, not to be a important thing in your life. I see many people with expensive cameras with not so good photos. Camera is a tool, and your eyes are that magic thing. Remember that.
Have you ever run out of ideas?
Well, you must be inspired to do anything creative. Nothing good you can do on pressure. But now life is so fast, and many people want more and more, faster and faster, so because of that, you can lose ideas. Don’t think too much about what you can do. And after that you can capture amazing photos. Nothing is suddenly, everything is because of the some reason. Just free your mind, and let your ideas come in a moment. After they come, react fast, to don’t loosing it. That is all “science”.
How do you find places and models for your shootings?
You can’t find a right place, only place can find you. Just follow your instincts.
What’s the one piece of photo gear you couldn’t live without?
Do you edit your photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
Using only some simple editing with Instagram tools, and there is one unwritten rule, try to don’t change anything more than 25 (+ or -). Also sometimes use apps PicsArt and Photo Director. Because I don’t have computer right now.
We would like to express our gratitude to Vladimir for this great interview.
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