What do you see when looking out the nearest window?
Our apartment window looks out to the street and a building in front of us. We are on the six floor, so we get a good view of the street. At night there are some great scenes and moments in the building in front.
Where do you find inspiration?
As a photographer, and a person, I am interested in found footage. There is something unique in old images and videos. I enjoy the notion that these images where taken by someone in a different time and place then where I am. When I see an image that I like, it’s an immediate connection. I never have in mind an image that I am looking for, but once I see it, I know it is the one. These images inspire me in different ways. The first is the hunt. As I look for these images and rummage throw the boxes I get inspired by the act of finding them. In addition, I get inspired by the image itself, it makes me believe in my ideas and makes me want to create something new with them.
In addition, now that I am running an online photography magazine "Float" (www.floatzine.wix.com/floatmagazine) I get to see many new and exciting artists. Their work inspires me and I am happy that I can share their work with others and inspire people from different cultures and countries.
"Cache" is my Undergraduate work.
From the beginning of school I found myself interested in my family and house. It was my second year that I created a project titled " Anonymous Family". This project was the first time I actually started to work with found footage of my family, and the first time that I realized that all I do in life and the reasons I photograph Still life the way I do, is based on my family and my upbringing. I first started collecting old family images from my parent lives in London. Looking over the images I realized that many of the faces and people are unfamiliar to me, strangers. I was intrigued by the idea that I can create a new history and album out of images that are on the one hand truly my family album, but are so detached from me that I can recreate the story behind them. I started to appropriate them to my own work, and treat them as if they are my images that I myself photographed. The images become objects that I use in order to create a new history and memory of my own, people and places, as I would like to remember and understand them. That project was hard to create as I manipulated the images, broke them down and in a way violated their “Ora”. As I worked on that project I started to feel more and more removed from the images, which made it even harder. As I progressed in my work, I started to create Cache. Cache is in some way a continuation of Anonymous family, only that in Cache I started combining found images and my own photographs. The combination created a new tension in the work. Cache took that project to a next level. It made me think of the relationship between me and these photos. I tried to photograph with these old images in mind, and create a juxtaposition between the two. I think the bardes part on Cache was to create a feeling that all of the images belong together. To try and blur the lines between my modern photography and the found footage. To make them work together in harmony.
It's hard to say, as I am not a ritualistic person. I think the most liked time of the day is my "Snooze" button moment. The mornings that I just snooze away for a while.
What is your biggest fear?
I think my biggest fear is loosing my ambition to create.
How do you challenge yourself?
I am currently at school, pursuing my MFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts (NYC). The MFA, even though its been only my first semester is very challenging. I feel that I have come a long way in a short time. School is challenging and it stimulates your mind and creativity.
When was the last time you made someone happy?
I think that happiness is a hard thing to judge. I know when people make me happy, and I hope I can do the same for others.
Tell us about people you get inspired from.
The first person that inspires my is my Husband Yoav friedlander. He is a great photographer and artist. His ambition is very inspiriting and the dedication he has for his work and his photographs. www.yoavfriedlander.com
The second person is Photographer Takashi Yasumura. A great inspiration to me is the photographer Takashi Yasumura. In his work “Domestic Scandals” he Captured objects and still life at his parents home, where traditional decorations and esthetics are juxtaposed with the modern-western world. Yasumura is able to capture a delicate moment, sometimes people will see it as an unimportant moment or object, and make it represent a history, culture, and family. His images where are great inspiration for me when I was photographing my old grandparents home. The house started to empty, and all that was left was a odd object that didn’t necessarily mean anything specific, but with photography I was able to experience my childhood and recreate the feeling of this home.
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