2021 winner: Lena
A DAY ON SET
Hi Lena, you won the 2021 edition of the EIZO Student Awards. Your work really stood out.
You also participated in the 2022 edition, again getting praise for your work. What is your secret to creating eye-catching work? Can you tell us more about your creative process, your idea, perspective and how you use your technical knowledge to trigger an emotional response?
I do not think that I have a secret behind my pictures, much more I am behind my pictures. It's just my perspective of the world, and everyone has a different one. It is the aesthetics of reality and the understanding to interpret it, which makes a photo and the photographer. I like to work intuitively, without having too precise an idea before starting. Mostly, I recognize myself above all in analog photography. There is something incredibly magical about the process from an unexposed negative to an analog print, and it gives me a lot of artistic freedom and choices. I value that extremely, and it connects me to my images.
You got the opportunity to be on set with Christian Ammann and his crew. Can you tell us what your experience was and what your take-aways are as a future actor of the photography industry?
The day with Christian and his crew I will not forget so quickly. For me it was especially interesting and informative to see how a large team works together and how certain processes and tasks were clearly defined. I think that is also what I take away the most from this day. Also the exchange with Christian and the other crew members was very exciting, through the exchange with the stylists or assistants I could not only learn new things about photography, but about the whole industry.
You won an EIZO ColorEdge monitor. How has it helped you become a better creative, what benefits have you found, and where has it supported your work most?
The evaluation and viewing of my images is an important part of my work, for which I like to take time. Often I look at images for minutes and think about which sections or series appear from the images. My Eizo monitor is definitely a big help. First of all, viewing is more fun when the colors are detailed in their optimal values on the screen and even on a gray day I don't get tired of staring at my monitor. Secondly, I can always be sure that an image is reproduced in its best form and that the colors are correct, even when I put it into print.
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