The Serbian-born, Vienna-based graphic designer takes experimental photos in her spare time with simple analogue cameras
Currently based in Vienna, the Serbian-born graphic designer/photographer Katarina Šoškić first experimented with a simple Point-and-Shoot camera as a teenager. Taking nostalgia-inducing pictures of friends on a school trip sparked her intrigue with photography and now only uses analogues to emphasise 'the human touch' - where she's developed her style to focus on youthful portaiture in both black and white, and in soft colours.
Dazed Digital: Please introduce yourself.
Katarina Soskic: Hi, I am Katarina Šoškić, formally I am graphic designer. But I take pictures most of the time.
DD: Where are you from and where are you based?
Katarina Soskic: I am from Belgrade, Serbia. Last two years I lived in Vienna where I am improving my education.
DD: What was the first photo you ever took?/Earliest memory of one?
Katarina Soskic: I got an Olympus Point-and-Shoot camera from my parents in high school just before one of those school excursions. I was 15 and we went to Budapest, which was the first and the last time I went abroad with my school mates, so we were all very excited. I remember that I took a picture of my friend Iva laying in the grass. I was curious to see the result and I loved it. It was not the first photo I ever took but for sure was the first one that I took with a special awareness and with some kind of artistic intention, as I cared about the light, composition and I was expecting beautiful picture.
DD: What equipment do you use?
Katarina Soskic: Yashica T3, and some other cameras of same kind...
DD: Do you prefer digital or analogue? Why?
Katarina Soskic: I don't have digital camera. I use analogue. 36 is good number. Comparing to the multitude of digital pictures that would make me sick to collect and sort and storage. Also I feel how the technical imperfections of the plastic camera I use emphasizes human touch in a good way - and I don't want to worry about expensive equipment that is also heavy to be carried around. Analogue, in this way I am using it, makes me really relaxed and without this pressure that I am doing something very important. So, I just take pictures.
DD: What do you think are the benefits of using black & white versus colour?
Katarina Soskic: I wouldn't compare b/w and colour in that way. None is better. They are different. I know why I like colour or when I prefer black&white. But those reasons are more about my feelings at the moment of shooting then about the theory behind and some strict rule in my approach. What I like is that b/w is sometimes more colourful than colour.
DD: What inspires your work?
Katarina Soskic: People around me. My friends. Journeys, nature and landscapes that I miss in my everyday life. Everyday life. Society. Common people. But then tiny details from their lives, habits and uniqueness of these people. Secrets. I don't know.
DD: Who are your favourite photographers? Artists? Film-makers?
Katarina Soskic: That huge amount of influences that all of us are exposed to makes me less concentrated on names and specific artists. It feels like all these important and well known names that we are aware of - from the past and also from the present moment - are now diluted in all of us. The patience of an average blog visitor you can count in milliseconds. That constellation of names is not important anymore as long as we have our Flickr friend lists. What I personally do not like, but what would also make me feel silly is counting few very carefully listed names.
DD: Do you prefer shooting still life or portraitures? What do you find appeals you most about either?
Katarina Soskic: I like to portrait people. but sometimes the absence of people talks more about them than their faces or figures. So for me, both can work and bring strong impressions.
DD: What's next in your projects?
Katarina Soskic: A shoot for a fashion label, one for an indie band, and a lot of fun in the meantime with my friends and family.