“If you are inspired to create magic – it will happen” – Annija Muižule interview

For me Flickr will always be a source of inspiration: people from all around the world, people that I don’t know and maybe will never meet, but people who surprise me with their talent: artists. Annija Muižule is one of these people, her photos are full of emotion, are sensitive and beautiful. Every time I look through her gallery it makes me want to take my photo camera and go outside and take rolls and rolls of film.

1. First of all I would like to ask you a few personal things: where are you from, how old are you, which is your current occupation and when did you start taking photos?

I am 19 years old from Latvia, Northern Europe. Right now I am English language and Literature student. I have always enjoyed taking photos, however, I began to perceive photography seriously only during last autumn.

2. What/ who was it that determined you to start taking photos?

I guess it was my boyfriend and a sudden amount of inspiration from the Scandinavian photographer Annette Pehrsson. My passion for analogue photography definitely played a role here as well.. When I realized the diversity of emotions and environments one can deliver through the art of photography I knew this is what I want to do.

3. What camera are you using? And which type of photography do you prefer: film or digital? Why?

I mainly use film cameras; the heavy, yet handy Zenit-B and a more recent Canon 3000v, both of which I got from my boyfriend. I also own a Canon 500d, which I use mainly for experimenting before I feel confident enough to use film. I prefer film photography, you can notice the difference by just looking through the viewfinder. Film cameras truly make the whole world different around me. Though, I don’t hesitate to use my digital camera – with the right angle and lighting everything is possible.

4. Usually, when shooting a roll of film, how many of the pictures come out the way you want?

With film you can never be sure what will happen. Sometimes they are too dark, sometimes too exposed. Usually, more than half of them work for me.

5. What do you think are the most important three rules about taking good film photographs?

For me it’s all about the feeling and inspiration. If you are inspired to create magic – it will happen. Every photo can turn out to be unexpectedly beautiful. Obviously, it is essential to load the film properly, find the right place, people you want to take photos of and the inspiration. That’s all I have to know.

6. What message do you want to transmit through your photography?

I wish my photos could transmit the world that is not as industrial and urbanized as it is. I am searching for emotions beyond reality and actual world. Unconsciously my photos transmit things that I personally lack, for example, calmness and isolation from all of the problems I tend to create, things and new environments I am reaching for.

8. Who is your favorite photographer and who is your favorite photographer on Flickr? Why?

There are a lot of photographers I admire, for instance, Mariam Sitchinava, Teresa Queirós, Marie Zucker, Adriano Sodré, Annette Pehrsson, Laura Makabresku, Heiner Luepke, Aëla Labbé and many more. They all are so unique with their own style of taking photos. It is amazing how they all come up with new ideas and brilliant stories about their photos.

9. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I hope to see myself getting more experienced in photography, graduating from university and hopefully taking lots and lots of photos!

ceremonials by the lake ceremonials by the lake by Annija Muižule

Untitled Untitled by Annija Muižule

down in the blinding light down in the blinding light by Annija Muižule

back to the woods back to the woods by Annija Muižule

hold me close hold me close by Annija Muižule

precious precious by Annija Muižule

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The boy behind the camera: Richard Ramirez Jr.

Oane day I was wandering on flick and I stumbled upon these beautiful photos. I could not stop looking at them, studying them and wondering who made them. These photos are the kind that inspires you, that captures your attention and transmits an emotion. The talented photographer is Richard Ramirez Jr. and I was even more surpiresed to find out that he is a young boy, but with a big passion for film photography.
Here is the little interview he kindly agreed to answer:

“1. First of all I would like to ask you a few personal things: where are you from, how old are you and when did you start taking photos?

I am 17 years old from Southern California. I started taking photographs on a road trip to Idaho when I was 14.

2. What camera are you using? And which type of photography do you prefer: film or digital? Why?

I am currently going back and forth between the Canon T70 and the Canon Ae-1 and I prefer film. There’s this magical quality about film. I really can’t grab what makes film so special but film photography carries a whole different mood than digital photography. I’m not saying digital photography isn’t great because it is special in its own way, but I really think I’ll be sticking with film for the rest of my life.

3. What do you think are the most important three rules about taking good film photographs?

Having great lighting is perhaps the only rule I really follow by. Right after the sunrise and just before the sunset are the greatest times for taking photographs. The lighting’s never too harsh and never too dull. It’s really perfect. As for the other two, I really don’t know what to say. I try not to think about the rules of photography because it dampens the enjoyment of photographing because you’re always thinking about how a certain photo should be taken. If what I see in the viewfinder looks great, I just take the photo.

4. What message do you want to transmit through your photography?

Escapism, maybe. It’s not really a message I want to share but more of a mood, a feeling.

5. I see that your photos are very creative, what inspires you? For example, what is the story behind “The Bird” photo shoot?

Thank you! For “The Bird” shoot I was venturing with a friend through the woods and she found a tree that had a really large nest wrapped around it. Then she started telling me these ideas on creating this bird shoot and after I got home, I started thinking on what to do with the shoot. It’s usually just sketching and listening to music and watching old films. I try to draw frame by frame on paper but it never really turns out that way because sometimes I get so wrapped up in the “photographing moment” that I forget about my intentional plans and just start taking photographs impulsively.

6. Who is your favorite photographer and who is your favorite photographer on Flickr? Why?

I would like to say Tim Walker but than again I always say Tim Walker but I’m getting really inspired lately by Bruce Davidson and William Eggleston and Fred Herzog. It’s strange because they don’t work with fashion and their photographs are the everydays of life but even though fashion photography is something I want to pursue, I still get really motivated and inspired by non-fashion photographs. If anything I want to learn how to mend the two together – the idea of fashion and their techniques.

7. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I really have no idea. Hopefully I’m finishing my last year of college and still creating and making art. Photography is all I ever want to do.

Here are some great photos he took:

A Pink Story A Pink Story by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

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Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr