Amanda Cots

Edited by Odeta Catana, Photo Editor

Amanda Cots

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Can you present yourself in a few words?

My name is Amanda Cots and I live in Valencia (Spain).I am studying mass media at University of Valencia.

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How did you start taking pictures? 

As a student of mass media, I am always been interested in photography, but, last Summer, I bought and old analog camera and I fell in love of it. Since then, I started taking photos more often.

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Where does your inspiration comes from?

My inspiration comes from everywhere: a walk on the beach, a beautiful sunlight or any film of Godard or Bertolucci.  But specially, I am very influenced by Nan Goldin or Ryan McGinley. They inspired me to make photographs of my own friends and my experiences.

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In a portrait, what is important for you?

Well, I don´t like surreal portraits but, at the same time, my pictures are not documentaries. I put people in certain situations in order to create an effect. Moreover, I feel attracted to natural and wild landscapes.

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What kind of relationship do you have with your subject when you shoot?

My subjects are usually friends or myself, so i have a relationship based on intimacy. But, if I could shoot unknown people, I am not interested in typically beautiful. I am looking for strange people, with magnetism and personality.

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Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?

No really, I think there are talented people who have not studied any degree or course.

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What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?

I would like to take photos of naked people, but my friends are so shy for it.

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What’s your photo-mission?

I don´t have a mission, I make photos of situations that I have imagined before.

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