Since we started this inspiring section some time ago, we always wanted to bring strong work from talented artists all over the globe, who would open new paths for our readers to explore their own creativity.
Today, we believe we achieved this goal by introducing elegia, a remarkable photographer from Scotland. One of those who put so much personality and passion in their images, you would be able to recognize her art straight away wherever you find it. Her style might be diverse, but female strength is the mark of her fascinating work. Often inspired by her childhood memories, elegia recreates them in a process that she defines as cathartic. We’re sure that the outcome will appeal to your imagination as much as we at Whattaroll are drawn to them.
– Please tell us a little about yourself. Where you are from and what do you do?
I’m originally from a tiny little seaside town on the West coast of Scotland. I moved from there a couple of years ago to Manchester which is in the North West of England. The reason behind relocating was to push my work and as I now do this full-time, things have gone really well. My hope is that I can maintain it and keep pushing my work further.
– How would you personally describe your style of photography and messages are trying to convey through your images?
I think my work doesn’t really fall into any genre so I’m unsure how I’d describe my style. On a good day I’d describe my work as unfinished, largely because I don’t feel I’ve even touched upon what I want to achieve. I get bored very easily and I feel that trying different things is the best way to evolve with your work, as well as to learn.
I guess the main subject matter is myself and other women. I like to focus on exploring my relationships and fascination with certain types of women. Strength, I find, is what interests me most. Sometimes there’s an erotic theme, primarily in my self-portrait work. Over the last year or so, I’ve been working on getting a little closer to the person I’m photographing and I’ve noticed that building upon the rapport I have with these women has developed my work towards more of a portraiture style. My self-portrait work is deeply personal and is more cathartic and liberating for me.
– What elements of shooting film are you drawn to the most?
I like the element of control, knowing that you have to understand what your camera does and what film to use in certain conditions. It’s something that probably scared me a bit when I was starting out, doubting that I was capable of mastering it. But I’ve learned that just doing things and making mistakes is the best learning process. I don’t find it scary at all to not know whether something I’ve tried is going to work, it’s exciting! That’s the wonderful contradiction about film: the element of control combined with the element of serendipity. You have to embrace letting go. I really enjoy that. I’m always constantly surprised by just how endless the possibilities are with film.
– Do you pursue other creative arts? Say music, writing or painting?
I studied fine art so I used to paint a lot. I have gone back to it recently and I am working on various mixed media pieces using my photography. I like to write too, and keep an online blog about my work and the various things that doing photography has brought to my door.
– What are the inspirations behind your work? Where do you draw your creativity from?
My childhood is the biggest inspiration, everything I think of – whether it be props, clothing, or locations – stems from that period of my life. I find myself constantly searching for ways to recreate memories in my images. I’ve always been creative and imaginative so having photography now to channel all of these thoughts and memories into has been so cathartic.
– Could you please share with us a favorite memory, or moment from shooting with film?
I suppose the first time that I made darkroom prints is a stand-out memory for me. Realizing where the now digital version of Photoshop originates from was really interesting and ignited my love for all things analog. I used to get very frustrated at my capabilities, the hands-on approach that analog encourages is very thrilling for me and has made me realise that I can do more than I give myself credit for.
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