LUXLIT WEEKLY FEATURED ARTIST
Beauty and sensitivity. The photography of Blanka Mateno (http://blankamateno.tumblr.com/) is an exceptional combination of refinement, subtlety and emotion. In particular, her still lifes and flowers have a great lyricism, transcending material beauty to immerse us in a world of perceptions, longing and feelings. We get the sense we are looking at paintings rather than pictures, images that we could look at for hours enjoying their evocative power and timeless beauty. This lyrical universe is achieved through masterful composition, great photographic vision, and an innate talent to alter perceptions making us feel the image while conveying a great passion. Much of the strength in her images is an almost abstract use of motifs and the almost exclusive use of black and white. All of this moves her photography closer to “Sumi-e” art painting and its principles. To master black and white requires the mastery of color, and we see this reflected in the naturalness, sobriety and elegance of the color she gets when she turns to this type of photography. If you want to enjoy this world of refined beauty, nature and feelings we recommend visiting her blog (http://blankamateno.tumblr.com/)
I was born in a small town close to beautiful hills. As a child, I loved to pass a lot of time alone, discovering every little corner of my grandparents’ garden. I think there, under the shadow of the cherry tree, smelling the fresh grass, I understood for the first time how much I love nature and how wonderful life is. Lately, I have come to understand that life can be complicated but also beautiful at the same time. Currently I live in Padua (Italy) and dream of traveling the world, taking a lot of photos. I don’t like to talk about myself but prefer to let my photographs be the protagonist. They tell my story better than I can.
1.- QUESTION: What subjects do you like to shoot?.
Blanka Mateno response: There aren’t things I like more than others, but maybe I have a little preference for indoor, still life subjects. But, I haven’t experimented much in this direction. My approach to photography is not constant, and it’s relatively new; it depends a lot on everyday life, or the mood I am in. I can go weeks without touching the camera.
2 .- Q: Color or B/W and why?
R: I actually do prefer shooting B/W even though I continue to be in love with color. I think B/W is pure, versatile and solid; it shows the truth, the essence. And it also adds a dreamlike and timeless dimension to the photos. I love B/W photographs!
3.- Q: Your inspiration is?
R: Inspiration is everything and everywhere. I love rainy days, low light, windy afternoons on the shore, trees, the smell of coffee, the simple and sophisticated beauty of flowers, architecture…. I find other people’s photography inspiring as well.
4.- Q: Tell us a little bit about your creative process.
R: I’m very intuitive, and not at all a technician. When I take a picture I act instinctively and let my feelings be the guide. So the creative process is quite simple and truly I’ve never investigated deep inside to understand how it works…I’m not curious at all about this. It happens and that’s enough for me!
5.- Q: What gear do you use, and what´s your preferred equipment?
R: I have a Nikon camera and often use a 50mm lens. I also have a zoom lens and two analog cameras: an Olympus OM and a Yashica Electro 35. I admit, I feel a little guilty I use the analog cameras so rarely, especially when I have a few fresh rolls of film in my fridge.
6.- Q: How do you develop your photos (digital/ film/software used)?
R: I use a digital camera most of the time, so I archive my photos on my computer. For editing I use an open-source software. When I shoot film, I scan the negatives myself, but for developing I use a lab.
7.- Q: What would you like to transmit with your photos?
R: All the photos I take, I take for myself first. I’m not an artist, just a person who needs to create something beautiful, something filled with feelings, with pieces of own memories. The pictures are like music for me; they are a source of instant energy, something that has an immediate impact on my heart. I want them just to speak to other people and be their story. If someone looking at one of my photos feels some emotion…well, I couldn’t ask for more.
8.- Q: Tell us a anecdote or a “secret” regarding your photos.
R: If I tell you my “secret”… it would be no longer a secret. Maybe using the heart not only the camera could be a good trick.
Many thanks Blanka for your collaboration and wonderful work that we enjoy in your blog.
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Lux Lit Featured Artists Team.