Portfolio Review: interview with… Ivana Milomes


Photos by Ivana Milomes

Ivana Milomes is a 16 year old young girl from Argentina. Ivana investigates about the history of photograhpy and create her own photographic elements as cameras or an photographic enlarger.

Can you tell us something about you?

My name is Ivana Milomes, I live in Argentina and I have sixteen years old. I attend to an art school, which is very different to the other secondary schools. For example, any given day you can be going to class and find an entire orchestra in the middle of the corridor, where your class, or arrive at school and find a fancy dress party, with music and everything. I really like to shoot short films and to draw, especially those photos I would like to get and those moments I couldn’t shoot.

Where do you live and work now?
I live in La Plata, Argentina. I like my city, I got used to it, and I cannot imagine myself living in another place. It’s a town that, even without beaches or mountains, really inspires me. I like being in the bus stop at afternoon when the sun begins to set and observe from a distance a grove that’s near my house. It’s simply beautiful and a great source of inspiration for me, because it’s a place full of nice details that are difficult to note, and once you find them is impossible not to shoot them.

When did you start to think about photography?
I think I started when I tried to use my sister’s new camera. I think I was thirteen years old. I put it a roll and then I couldn’t stop taking photos. I loved having the camera in my hands, even just for looking through the viewer and focus. Then I was given a Nikon camera and from that moment I cannot detach myself from it even a second. It started like a hobby in my free time, but it becomes to my life.

Where your inspiration comes from?
I really get inspired with the light, especially the sunlight. Also, in the streets of the city where I live there are always things that happen that I like to shoot at. Many times when I’m looking through the bus’s window, the glasses usually distort the scenery and give it strange colors. Finally, I get inspired too in many excellent photographers of my age that I find in internet.

What does it mean for you street photography?
I think that street photography contemplates the daily life side of the city, showing it as something extraordinary and even ridiculous, and the unusual side as something of every day. In this kind of photography is shown the streets and their people within the framework of the everyday.

When you take a portrait, what is important for you?
For me is very important that the person looks natural, not pose. Also the focus and the light in the person.

Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?
No, i don’t think so. I believe that a person that really loves photography, if thinks he can, can learn very much by himself. However, i don’t think it’s a mistake to follow a photography school to learn how to use a camera, how to reveal photos and all those kind of things, but nobody can teach a person which photos to take, what to express and when a photo is okay or not.

What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?
I always wanted to take a photograph in the country, at night, in a place where there are three rows of trees perfectly aligned and separated by the same distance. I would like to use a model, who will be wearing a suit in a pyramidal shape, and a blue light inside would illuminate the trees. But I’m trying to create the suit in the summer holidays.

what’s your photo-mission?
I want my photos to show how my life is like, in my school, with my friends, in the street… I don’t feel comfortable taking self-portraits, that’s why, when I do a set of photos, I like the models to express my mood or my thinking. Namely, when I use models, they are not being themselves, they are feeling, wearing or doing as I would. However ,it is not always like that, I like to have photos of my friends where they look like themselves and naturally, posing as they want and, sometimes, not even notice that I took them a picture.

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