“I tend to lean towards clear, intimate yet strong images and conceptually fragile aesthetics enhanced by practicing analog photography and use of natural light.”
Katja Kremenić (born in 1982 in Maribor) is a contemporary fashion and editorial photographer from Slovenia currently living in Berlin, Germany. She’s mostly self-taught when it comes to photography and studied “Communication and Media” in Ljubljana, Slovenia. For Katja Kremenić photography is a means to capture her personal version of truth and reality and share glimpses of it with others.
“Most of my focus is on personal documentary projects, although more and more I’m starting to enjoy shooting portrait and fashion stories and can’t seem to find the difference between the two any more.
Even though I’m influenced by different cultures and places, I tend to lean towards clear, intimate yet strong image and conceptually fragile aesthetics enhanced by practicing analog photography and use of natural light.
My work has been published in national and international fashion and art publications, collaborative projects and exhibited in institutions and art galleries. Until today my work has been shown in Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, Portugal, Russia and Sweden.”
“Artist Profile” – Katja Kremenić
Katja, why did you become a photographer? And what does photography mean to you?
I’ve always been tremendously drown towards all things visual. Studying communications made me realise the only aspect of it I’m willing to commit myself to was the visual one. Photography came naturally as the best choice as I was good at it. Now it is my everyday. And I love it.
How would you describe your photographic language and creative process? How do you plan and execute a project? Both technically and conceptually?
Even though I’m so much influenced by different cultures and places, somehow I tend to lean towards clear, intimate yet strong images and conceptually fragile aesthetics enhanced by practicing analog photography and use of natural light. Meaning I shoot exclusively on film.
I don’t tend to think about the process too much. It’s all about collecting ideas that pop in my mind, usually when I’m busy doing something else. Until suddenly in just a right moment I can see it crystal clear. Usually it happens when I’m running. As for the personal most spontaneous projects, the process is longer and more subconscious where a good mood is often of a big advantage, too.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote about photography?
“Nothing has been retouched, nothing electronically altered. I photographed wat I saw.”
I’m not a big quote collector. There’s been so much said and written that I like and that influences me at some point. Latest quote is the one I came across yesterday, at the Helmut Newton exhibition: “Nothing has been retouched, nothing electronically altered. I photographed wat I saw.”
What kind of camera and equipment do you use?
I shot mostly analog and with Kodak Portra or Ilford film. Sometimes for a certain story I would use a special effect or way too old film and handmade filters. Have too many 35mm cameras but been shooting mostly with Canon, Contax and Yashica.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
I am finding it a bit difficult to follow nowadays, too many pretty little websites and blogs. I click on the links my photography friends were featured in to see what are they up to and often randomly find out about some websites, blogs or magazine worth a check.
What book about photography would you recommend?
Théo Gosselin “Avec Le Coeur”! Like going to the cinema. And so adventurous, makes you pack your staff and go for a long, long ride!
Which advice would you give someone who wants to get started with photography?
Not to complicate in the beginning. It takes some practice and the only way to get better is to shoot. Don’t stress yourself with too much editing and complex concepts. Ideas will come so easily once you don’t have to think too much about technicalities any more.