From film to fashion, sport and photography, the German talent reveals the inspiration behind his spreads
October 24, 2011
The cinematic fashion photographer is one of the city's newest breakout stars
- Text by Sylvia Weber
Munich photographer Elizaveta Porodina has developed an impressive picture language at a young age and so it comes as no surprise that her inspired fashion photography has already caught attention of popular art and trend blogs as well as magazines like Kinki magazine and Faint magazine. Satellite Voices sat down with the young, Russian-born talent and spoke to her about her inspirations and her life in Munich.
Satellite Voices: How did you get into fashion photography?
Elizaveta Porodina: I got into fashion photography while searching for a new direction of creativity. When I was 22, I gave up drawing and illustrating and needed a new way of self-expression, so I started to take pictures. Soon, I discovered that fashion photography seemed to be just the right frame for what I love most. Strangely beautiful people, their aesthetics, and the way they interprete clothes with their personal dynamics.
SV: How would you describe your style with your work?
Elizaveta Porodina: I would describe it as experimental. Before shooting I only have a vague idea about the moments I want to capture; often this idea changes radically when I see how the model fits into the location and the clothes. I always try to leave my mind wide open for new and strange impulses and my intuition that leads me to unexplored experiences.
SV: Your biggest inspiration?
Elizaveta Porodina: My biggest inspiration are the movies, mostly science fiction, thrillers and dramas from the 70s. The cinematic aesthetics of Cronenberg, Bertolucci, Kubrick and Coppola never cease to fascinate me and pushes me to try even harder to capture these moments that manage to touch and influence people.
SV: Which projects are you currently working on?
Elizaveta Porodina: Currently, I am working on one of my neverending projects, the "Light Project". It is all about how different, unusual and colourful light transforms the faces, the facial expressions and the bodies of my muses.
SatelliteVoices: Do you have any dream projects?
Elizaveta Porodina: One of my dream projects is to produce a photographic homage to my favourite movie, "The Last Tango in Paris". It is about the fascination and the incredibly intense capture of two secret lovers, united in their personal agonies in a room full of October sunlight.
SatelliteVoices: What are your favourite shooting locations in Munich?
Elizaveta Porodina: Maybe the rooftop opposite to the Atomic Cafe. The atmosphere of the party nights is still there and it strangely affects the models and the mood of the photoshoot.
SatelliteVoices: Where do you like to hang out in Munich?
Elizaveta Porodina: I love the Weissenburger Platz – in summer, it is full of opulent different colourful flowers, in winter its melancholy reminds me of my homecity, Moscow.
SatelliteVoices: Which Munich artist dou you admire and why?
Elizaveta: Samira Götz, a jewellery artist and illustrator who is currently based in Munich. Her strangely formed, abstract jewellry pieces remind me of fossils from an alternative antique time.
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