Born and raised in Israel, our Hero of the Week will impress you today with the intimacy exposed by her photographs. Capturing intimacy is a challenging art but not for our Hero of the Week. On her photos, there’s a paradox wherein we see what the models are trying to hide. Seemingly taken directly from dreams, the landscapes captivate us with their peace and quiet, but at the same time they sow the seed of anxiety in us. Join us in roaming around the world of Hadar Ariel Magar.
Please tell us a little about yourself, where you are from, and what you do.
My name is Hadar, I’m 26 years-old. I was born and raised in a small, green place in the center of Israel.
How would you personally describe your style of photography? What message/s do you try to convey through your images?
Through my work, I’m trying to convey a story, told with emotions of intimacy and sensitivity. I often treat photography as a therapy; therefore some of my photographs are very personal. I think my style is derived from experiencing the relationship between humans and nature. The dark and delicate things you find in nature can be very poetic, and it influences me very much.
Which elements of shooting film are you drawn to the most?
There is something very naive about film photography, I think. The element of non-instant results and the suspense makes me intrigued and surprised each time I develop my photos. You never know right away what you have captured, and I guess that’s the beauty of it, and what draws me to it the most. It’s that feeling of taking a risk and being uncertain along process. Another element might be the vivid colors, grain, and light leaks.
What would you say is your greatest inspiration?
I’m very inspired by nature and its dark side, poetry, dreams and music.
In this part of our interview, we get a little more up close and personal with our hero through a handful of questions about the people she finds inspirational, her tools of the trade, shooting routine, and more:
Name someone whose art makes you shiver.
Casper David Friedrich.
If you had to choose a camera + film to shoot with for the rest of your life, which combo would it be and why?
Probably from my analogue selection I would choose my broken Minolta X-370, and that expired Fujifilm 1600 from 1986 that I used two years ago while traveling in Austria. The results came out dreamy and mysterious.
Can you share the weirdest situation you’ve faced being a film photographer?
It’s when I find myself explaining to people why I still use film. Naturally, they assume that I’m a student or an obsolete photographer.
If you had to choose a movie that defines you both personally and aesthetically, which one would it be?
The first movie that came to my mind was “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” I never really thought about it.
Do you remember the photo you took that made you feel proud for the first time? Can you share it with us?
It’s from my first expired film roll I captured in January 2007, from one of my early works, “Leaving Early.”
At Whattaroll, we believe that inspiration can come from many different sides. Can you write down and share with us a paragraph from the book you’re reading at the moment?
I have recently read a poem by John Donne, “An anatomy of the world;” I’ll share an excerpt:
“…Yet, because outward storms the strongest break,
And strength itself by confidence grows weak,
This new world may be safer, being told
The dangers and diseases of the old;
For with due temper men do then forgo,
Or covet things, when they their true worth know.
There is no health; physicians say that we
At best enjoy but a neutrality.
And can there be worse sickness than to know
That we are never well, nor can be so?
We are born ruinous: poor mothers cry
That children come not right, nor orderly;
Except they headlong come and fall upon
An ominous precipitation…”
Describe your shooting routine.
When I have a concept in mind I just load up the film and try to capture my vision. When it’s spontaneous, I usually take a walk with a camera and explore the environment for something to catch my eye.
Speaking of portraits, who’s the face you’d love to photograph but haven’t had the chance to have in front of your camera yet?
It’s difficult to choose a specific person. There are so many interesting faces that I would love to capture. I sure am looking for them all the time.
Who do you think we should feature in the next Hero of the Week section?
Olga Markowska, Robert Moses Joyce, nadja sveir, Colette Saint Yves, Michaela Knizova, Tina Sosna, Aëla Labbé, Nishe, Annette Pehrsson, Laura Makabresku, Heiner Luepke, Alison Scarpulla. There are probably more, but this is a short list of such wonderful artists.
See more of Hadar’s work in the links below: