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Blog 1803 Lina Zangers Artist Of The Month 2

Following the route of travel enthusiast and photographer Lina Zangers

Photographers often try and take you to far-flung places with their images – Lina Zangers doesn't just try, she truly goes to these places, and captures a bit of its essence with her camera.

No mat­ter if Chi­na, Swe­den or Scot­land, the Berlin-based pho­tog­ra­ph­er has seen a fair amount of impres­sive trav­el des­ti­na­tions, and there is no end in sight. Espe­cial­ly because Lina is as good at cre­at­ing these worlds her­self as she is at vis­it­ing them – and the shoot she did for neubau eye­wear was no dif­fer­ent. Putting togeth­er per­fect­ly colour coor­di­nat­ed sets for our glass­es, Lina once again proved she has as much of an eye for great scenery as she has for details. We caught up with her to talk all things com­pos­ing an image, cre­ativ­i­ty, and of course traveling.

Look­ing at your pho­tos, there seems to be a clear visu­al lan­guage draw­ing through them. How would you say you devel­oped your style?
I think it’s cru­cial to devel­op a per­son­al visu­al lan­guage, but it’s most like­ly the hard­est part of being a cre­ative pro­fes­sion­al these days. It’s tricky to lis­ten to your inner voice and not get dis­tract­ed by the white noise of images sur­round­ing us. Your per­son­al style devel­ops over time and prac­tic­ing your craft shapes itself with each draw­ing, film or pho­to. The more I cre­ate, the more I am devel­op­ing and redefining.

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It seems you much more pre­fer the out­doors or on-loca­tion shoot­ing than a plain stu­dio – is that a con­scious deci­sion?
Absolute­ly, I need land­scapes, hous­es or back­yards to stage my sto­ries. A white stu­dio for me is a very arti­fi­cial space, with­out influ­ence to draw from. When the Berlin win­ter forces me to actu­al­ly work inside I just cre­ate my own uni­verse with loads of props or set design.

How does this influ­ence your approach to com­pos­ing an image, and ulti­mate­ly telling a sto­ry?
For me telling a sto­ry is my start­ing point, not the loca­tion. I need to have an idea in my head of what sto­ry, feel­ing or emo­tion I want to pro­voke with the pho­tos. Start­ing from there I’ll try to get all the right ingre­di­ents, start­ing with the right loca­tion, mod­el, styling, make­up, light ect.

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In gen­er­al, do you pre­fer pre­cise­ly plan­ning a shoot or do you like to trust your spon­tane­ity?
I learned that the more plan­ning I put into a shoot­ing the more I can stick to my idea at the actu­al shoot­ing day. When you come to the set and only got a vague idea in mind, the chance that it gets blurred eas­i­ly by cir­cum­stances hap­pen­ing are high and you end up with hope­ful­ly at least pret­ty pic­tures, but no back­bone. When I plan a free edi­to­r­i­al or an idea for a client I love to dig into the top­ic, research and find nuances about it that catch my inter­est. Then I’ll share my vision with the rest of the team, espe­cial­ly the styl­ist, before the actu­al shoot­ing day. So every­one comes to set know­ing what to expect and how to con­tribute to the theme. This can be real nerve-wrack­ing, but that effort is what it makes it believ­able in the end.

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Is there any place you vis­it­ed or shot at that espe­cial­ly inspired you?
I spent all my child­hood sum­mers in Sweden’s coun­try­side and I am still going there a lot, so that’s always a big source of inspi­ra­tion for me. The light and nature play a big part in my work.

Last year I have been to Chi­na for the first time and also realised a shoot­ing with a Chi­nese team there. I have to say, I was stunned and it got my cre­ative synaps­es going.

And any place you’re just dying to trav­el to?
Wow, there are still so many on my buck­et list. I am hop­ing for Rus­sia and Mon­go­lia in the near future.

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If you could take three famous peo­ple – dead or alive – on this trip, who would that be; and what would you do togeth­er?
Then I would love to share a train com­part­ment with them on the trans-sibiri­an rail­way. Spon­ta­neous­ly I would say I’ll bring Mari­na Abramovic, Sylvia Ear­le and Astrid Lind­gren. I think that would be a great girl gang to chat with for 9000km.

09 Mar 2018 · neubau eyewear