“Capturing moments in the way you see and feel them is the most beautiful thing you can do for your memory lane.”
Anja Gea Sladić (born 1992) is an emerging photographer currently based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is about to start studying photography at IED in Madrid.
“Bad kids, making great stuff.”
Interview with Anja Gea Sladić
Anja, why did you become a photographer? And what does photography mean to you?
Photography means a lot to me, it makes me explore my creativity in a different ways.
A photographer has many “tools” at hand to bring across his message: lenses, lighting, framing, color treatment etc. Can you elaborate a little bit on the techniques you used for this particular project in order to link form and content? In other words: How would you describe your photographic language and creative process?
It depends whether I work with my film camera (Yashica) or digital camera. With my digital camera I usually use wide-angle lenses and in the end I add some effects in Lightroom. With analog cameras I just need a Kodak film and that’s all. No photoshop because in the end it ruins natural colours that film gives you.
You like to shoot on film. What do you like about analogue photography? And what is it that it can teach us about digital photography?
“…it’s always a surprise.”
After every film developed, it’s like Christmas morning. You can never tell how the actual photo will look like so it’s always a surprise.
What reaction do you intend to provoke in people looking at you photos?
I just want them, to rest their eyes for a moment.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
Giangiancomo Pepe. His pictures are naked poetry.
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
I own two Yashicas, Nikon D3000 with lenses 17-50 and flash Metz 52.
If I specifically need something else, I just borrow it.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
Some of my favorites are “One Day You Will Meet Me”, “KALTBLUT Magazine”, and “REVS”.
Philosopher Susan Sontag once said “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own”. How has photography changed the way you look at the world and what have you learnt about yourself?
Capturing moments in the way you see and feel them is the most beautiful thing you can do for your memory lane. It’s all about that.