A while back I interviews Lucia about her landscape architecture
photography. This time I wanted to know more about her creative mind and her work on magic realism.
These shots are truly inspiring. What is your definition of
Magic Realism to me is a way to incorporate magical elements into
normal and trivial scenes. Magic becomes an integral part of the
scene in order to hide concepts and ideas that are more related with
a deeper reality, the one of our dreams and fears.
In some of the shots it looks like you are using PhotoShop
but in others it is not as obvious. What techniques are you using
I usually plan the shoot before going out and doing it. I try to
compose the image beforehand by considering all of the elements I
want to have in the photo. If I want to have a flower rain, as I do
in some of my pictures, I need to go gather those flowers. Then,
while I am shooting, I will take different pictures of the different
things that are part of that image (always with a tripod and the
same light settings!). It is like making a puzzle.
I tend to change the techniques I use on photoshop depending on the
image but I do always, always use Blending Modes and change the
canvas size to get a bigger picture. My images are usually the
result of 3 or more images together.
You really show the creative side in these photos. What is
your “secret ingredient”?
My secret ingredient for my creative projects as well as for my
cooking is love. I create with love and passion to make reality a
little more magical and flavorful.
I love the way you use yourself as the model in these shots.
How do you get just the right composition?
Having yourself as a model can be tricky, but it is a great
experience. When I take self portraits I see myself as a character
not as my own person. I always take the pictures with someone else.
I like having the company and the input. Most of the time I have the
idea of the picture I want to take before the shoot and before
shooting I will explain to whoever is with me, the concept of the
shoot, how wide I want the angle and where I want myself to be
positioned in the frame. The composition is basically preset before
we take the pictures. Of course there is room for improvisation too
and sometimes the best images comes from that.
Tell me a about a photographer or artist that has inspired
you the most?
I don’t really have one particular artist or photographer that has
inspired me more than any other. I take most of my inspiration from
books, movies and the environment that surrounds me and I am always searching for new inspiration. One of my latests finds in
photography is the work of Gregory Colbert. His work is considered
as Fine Art Documentary. He documents the relationship between
people and animals. To me it is very poetic, magical and spiritual.
Can you name some tips for photographers to get their
creative juices flowing?
I’ll keep this short because I could go on an eternal rant about
- Visit new places.
- See with new eyes things that are part of your everyday
- Don’t judge what you create, it is all part of the process
of learning. Love your bad pictures as much as your good ones.
Thanks Lu for sharing your unique view and the magic
realism. Really inspiring photography!
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