Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Interview with Lúa Ocaña

Lúa Ocaña is a Spanish film photographer based-in Barcelona. Lúa finished her studies in photography at the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalunya). Her photographs are turning to the private but also to freedom and the great outdoors.
"I value my own experiences the most: my photographic world, my oniric world, my personal way of seeing the outside world... This is precisely the object of my photos. I shoot pictutres of things that I believe they exist to be photographed. As if there are certain scenes, landscapes, people, details, that are there to inspire me or to motivate me to start a project. When I find them I know what I should do: just shoot them." says Lúa.
Following her interview with some of her beatiful photographs to discover more of her work.

Hi Lúa, can you tell us more about you?
I take coffee with soya milk.
I like birds.
I always put before the right sock than the left sock.
My favorite candy are the apple.
And I never forgot the camera at home.

Since when do you do photography? And why film?
My interest in photography started eight years ago however the truth is that I don't always realize initially when something is becoming important in my life, but photography has become one of these important things. In Barcelona I combined my studies at the Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia - IEFC (Spain), with my predisposition for self-taught learning, prioritizing my own experience and being "behind the camera".

I feel much more comfortable working with analogue equipment, I spent many hours in the lab and many more hours with Polaroid Transfers, Emulsion Transfers as well as Image Transfers. For me the "photographic process" is from the moment the image is inside of me until I have the copy in my hand. Sensitive materials bring me closer to the image, digital separates me, but I'm not critical of Photoshop and digital retouching, I respect it, but it isn't my way of creating.

For me "pre-shot thought” is important, and I feel that that thought in the analogue world is more relevant than in the digital.

What are film cameras you use? Do you remember what was your first film camera?
I have more than a dozen cameras, but the truth is that often I only use four; a Minolta or Olympus for 35mm, a Mamiya for medium format and a Land Polaroid.

Yes, I remember my first film camera, of fact, it was my first camera, a little Nikon that I bought in a summer holidays when I had about ten years..

Can you tell us about your background in photography?
I capture what I feel is a part of myself and my immediate environment; most of my projects are the combination of the anonymous elements within a fundamentally intimate setting. My goal is that no one feels like a stranger when looking at my photographs though they are all self-portraits, and hope that's what makes them unique.

Subtle elements, intimacy and nostalgia are all important aspects of my work, but undoubtedly, if there is an adjective that describes my work it's personal.

What gives you inspiration?
I love the work of great photographers such as: Masao Yamamoto, Robert Frank, Adam Fuss, Michael Kenna, Michael Ackerman, etc...

I feel admiration for many anonymous photographers who can be found randomly on the Internet, in the middle of a photography workshop, in a small book in some library… or in art "little known" but beautiful.
My inspiration was never anything especially, I have my preferences between photographers and artistic movements but aren't they especially what moves me to shoot. The desires and ideas are created in my day after day, what I photograph it's the same that stimulates me to photograph, it's as if there were certain scenes, landscapes, persons, details, which according to my impulses are done to be photographed or to evoke possible projects. There isn't doubt, when it comes already I know that I must to do: to shoot.

Do you have any tips for someone who’s just picking up a film camera?
Perhaps a suggestion... that everything that your camera captures must be honest with themselves...

Lúa, thank you for the interview.

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