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Many people these days take pretty pictures. Digital photography makes it easier and easier to get stunning imagery. However, most of these attractive photos do not create an emotion or make you think. True art comes from a technical aspect and even more so from a great eye and heart. Zina Zinchik is one artist who has both of these qualities. When I look at her work I can “feel” the emotion behind it. I can see that she is meticulous at setting up her shots, but also that she makes a story as she does so.
I caught up with Zina recently to learn more about her work. Here are her answers:
What inspires your works? Photography for me opened the doors to share my fantasies, my anxieties and my emotions with people.
Which of your photographs is your favorite? My favorite is Night Sonata which was taken quite a few years ago. This image comes directly from the camera with just minor adjustments in post-processing and it took very precise calculations of time and angles to get the picture just right. The musition is part of holidays window display at Bergdorf and Goodman and trees reflections comes from the park across the street.
Is there a photographer you relate to? And why? I am self-taught — started to learn craft of photography from online forums and discussions and it hard for me to pin-point the names. But if I must I would say that my biggest inspirations are coming from works of Annie Leibovitz and Peter Lindbergh.
Do you ever feel like giving up? Not yet… So far the universe has been very kind to me, giving me support just when I needed it the most.
How long have you been taking photos? 11 years for me.
What’s the best thing about being a photographer? Being able to open hidden beauty and show another dimensions of every day objects.
What’s the worst thing about being an photographer? Having to choose the best frame out of hundreds.
Is there a purpose to your photography? Open another world to the viewers and stop time forever.
How do you feel when people interpret your photos differently? We all are different and I am delighted when someone finds another meaning in my photographs, for me it means that picture ‘hit the spot’ for someone else.
What advice do you have for aspiring photographers? Don’t afraid to experiment and push your limits.
You can see more of Zina’s amazing work here: