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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.

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.

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.

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