Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Photography Spotlight: Sohodoll

This month photography feature is actually a young Romanian artist that I luckily discovered while trolling the web as I usually do. It’s also going to be a bit different - Alina aka Sohodoll was kind enough to answer a “few” questions I sent her way.

Her work is amazing and diverse, but I chose to illustrate this article with my favorite photos from a black&white series called “boys as skaters” because, well, I love them, the shoots are genuine and emotionally charged.

Also the dark haired kid is really something else, he should ease on skating and start modelling. That smile and dimples deserve big bucks, I’m telling you! :) Can you say jailbait? :)))))

I think you’ll find this to be a rather cool interview, I loved her answers.

Sara: So, I’m not planning to bore you to death or anything like that but you have to tell me stuff about yourself! Such as: How old are you? What’s your name (or how do you like to be called as an artist)?
Alina: Hey there! I’m 20 years young, my real name is Alina but I’m called Sohodoll due to the fact I’m using this name on various platforms where I showcase my work.

S: Where are you based?
A: I’m based in London right now, moved here for school, but not for long as I intend to go for my MA in New York and then, after, to travel as much as I can.

S: What do you do except amazeballs photography?
A: Except photography, I’m making music videos, short films, I draw and paint and started to write more lately.

S: Is this a hobby or something you plan to feed yourself with?
A: Art was never just a hobby, actually it was a way to express myself since I was 3, I think. And yes, it’s going to be my career, no matter what. I cannot imagine myself doing anything else so it has to be this.

S: What type of camera do you use?
A: Well, I bought my first SLR (Canon 60d) this summer, before I was working with a Sony H7 and film cameras. One of the next projects I have in mind is going to be shoot on Polaroid and I can’t wait to experiment with it.

S: Is there any editing involved? What program?
A: I’m using Photoshop for basic adjustments such as color/curves and that’s all.

S: The good, old “what inspires you?”
A: I’m inspired by life in general; it's incredible how you can get inspiration from everywhere and everything around you. If you want to hear artist names then Sally Mann, Bruce Weber, Mike Brodie, Nan Goldin and so on.

S: Where would you see your worked published (ideally)?
A: I hope to work someday for magazines like Purple, Dazed and Confused, Idol, Love, Another Mag, Vice and so on and to show honest beauty in this industry that promotes the opposite – especially because I’m studying fashion photography. Every artist plays for a crowd and these are the type of magazines I’d be honored to work with. Also, in galleries and film festivals for my future films/videos. Hopefully.

S: Are you harassing your friends to appear in your photos? They should be so lucky!:))))
A: My models are my friends and relatives, facebook friends and also strangers who I met on the streets and asked them to take their picture.

S: What kind of people do you like to work with?
A: Interesting, real, inspiring people.

S: Part two is about the boys as skaters series. Do you know the model looking dudes? I suppose so now, but did you know them at first or you just went to their “playground” and casually asked to take photos of them shirtless? Did they pose or did you told them to just go about their business and just snapped amazing photos of them? Are you going to take more photos of them?
A: ‘Boys as skaters’ is an on-going project, I’m planning to photograph them again when I'll go back to Romania in order to see them grow and how they change over time. It’s nothing staged in the photographs, everything captured there is real and that’s why they’re my favourites, because it feels like captions of what I want my photography to be about - raw, honest, youthful idealism.

  What do you think? Does her work inspire you in any way? 

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34 comentarii :

Maiken said...

her work totally reminds me of Lords of Dogtown and I truly love that film!

Ylenia said...

I love this pics! ;)

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Sarah said...

Her work really inspires me. I'm hoping to get into more photography, and reading about the cameras she uses and what inspires her makes me inspired. What a lovely interview.


stilistele said...

I think she;s pretty damn brilliant. love her work. really do! great interview!

Anonymous said...

Ah I'm so happy to hear another designers' work has inspired someone else! It really is a wonderful thing ^_^ These images are really emotive, for some reason black and white photography tends to have this affect on people non? =) What I really enjoyed though were her answers. they are so pure and honest that it makes my heart heave a little lol. I hope I will be able to carve a career out in the creativity indusry also ^_^


Anonymous said...

omg those pictures are so natural and fresh! great caracter, love!

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Emily Ulrich said...

Fascinating subject matter! The editing techniques are lovely and what a well-spoken girl :)

Loïc Laugier said...

Thanks for your comment sara! This young haired boy really should start modeling as you said, he's so beautiful. The photographer's talented as well !

fashion meets art said...

i love these pictures- they are really art! i always love black/white photographie! so wonderful. thanks for your comment. i'm already a follower since a while. your blog is so cool. i also follow you with fb now, hope you do the same?!
lovely greets, maren anita

dina vanessa mercado said...

soo beautiful and talented young woman... she knows what she wants and does what she wants.. the black and white effect made the pictures look like a real classic.. enjoyed your blog.. following you now.. hope you could visit my blog too.. kissess!!!!


Cacy said...
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Cacy said...

Amazing work!These pictures are amazing!
Thanks for visiting&following my blog!
Love your blog so I follow you back :)

Susie Heymer said...

Amazing photos! I loved a lot!
Have a great day with inspiration!

Melissa Tchieu said...

Such an inspirational post! And great black & white photography.

ur new follower :D

mrs potts said...

amazing pictures, i love B&W one's they have an incredible light and in my opinion are more expresive than in colour, thanks for visiting my blog yours is awesome, i follow u back! see u

Natalie Leung said...

wow seriously, what a cool photo set! definitely very talented photographer!


Live life glamorous said...

beautiful pictures. They are very 'real'.

Anonymous said...

Hi, aww thank you so much, your comment made me smile! And photos are amaaaaazing, guys are so hot haha.
I followed you too and looking forward to the next post, Sara hehe :-)

Lidiya said...

WOW!!! Her photos are perfect <3

Lolly said...

Love this interview :)

Anonymous said...

i love anything artistic so of course photography is a form of art, this is great. and wonderful interview ;-)

Polly said...

She is such a talented photographer! Great post; love your blog!

j. said...

aw thanks so much for your amazingly sweet comment and follow lovely! will definitely follow back :)
great post, so inspirational and its so great to see someone so you that passionate about what they want to do !
jessie x
the weekend project.

sohodoll said...

thank you so much, beautiful people for such a feedback :) you can see the whole series here :


Katherine said...

Fantastic interview! And she is so talented :)

Catita said...

these pictures are very arty, not sure if its the black and white effect or what but love it!

theo said...

im clearly not stoping skate:| this thing with modeling is kinda new for me,im not sure if i gonna follow that path...

just tututiny said...

these photos are brilliant. love black and white photos. thanks for sharing.


Sara said...

Theo - I was joking, well kind off, you really have something special going on so, you know, maybe pursue modeling as a side job to buy yourself a car :)))))). Skate on! :)

Ellie Benuska said...

these photos are absolutely stunningggggg. thank you so much for sharing!! I swear to God, that boy is SO beautiful. what a unique face. Glad to have found your blog! following back :)

Shelly said...

Awesome Post.


Heather, 29 Skirts said...

These photos are truly amazing. What a talent!

Bianca said...

These guys are so cute!! -Bianca

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