Interview with Niela Lis

Interview with Niela Lis


Question 1: “What is your name?”

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Niela: “My name is Niela Lis.“

Question 2: “Where are you from?“

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Niela: “I'm from Poland.“

Question 3: “When you take pictures. What feeling brews inside of you?“

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Niela: “Pure gratitude. I experience kind of melancholic trance in which you become completely absorbed in vivid sensory details; especially when I photograph with my Canon ft ql (film camera), where shooting is a slow process and every frame must be conducted with careful purpose. There's a beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you're completely immersed in the process of creating. The moment before I press the shutter I hold my breath and gradually feel my body falling loose, shaking free of the world of reality.“

Question 4: “How did your perspective on life change through taking pictures?“

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Niela: “My way of perceiving has changed. Photography taught me to observe my surroundings - as there is immense beauty and elegance in the world, even in the ordinary. It reminds me to look at the world through the eyes of the child, as if you were watching it for the first time; with endless curiosity and enthusiasm.“

Question 5: “What sticks out to you about your environment while your taking pictures?“

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Niela: “The inspiration comes with a drop of sunshine, I always look for contrast and delicate asymmetry. I am drawn to shadows and the scarcity of light, so my work tends to emanate a dark, moody timbre.“

Question 6: “What's the farthest you traveled for your photography?“

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Niela: “London - a breathtaking mosaic of cultures and stories. Striving to unearth the hidden magic within the streets, seeing life and soul in every nook and cranny felt like an odd dream - the experinece left me bursting with inspiration and happiness. While many are attracted to the equator for the salvation of warmth, I find myself gravitating toward the poles of the Earth. I have dreamed of visiting Iceland's alienesque landscapes ever since I was a child, thumbing through old issues of National Geographic.“

Question 7: “What are some practical steps that a beginner photographer can take to improve his viewpoint?“

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Niela: “It is easy to unconsciously emulate a photo that one may have seen. One may have predisposed thoughts that the way another captures a photo is the only perspective, the right approach. Aim to capture things in another light—to arouse another feeling, to conjure a peculiar emotion that wanders from the stereotypical. There are virtually endless angles and aspects—all brilliant. Make the photo your own, your art, your voice.“

Question 8: “What is your definition of passion?“

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Niela: “She was afraid of heights but she was
much more afraid of never flying.” - Atticus

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