Name: ANDREA ALKALAY
College: Industrial & Graphic Designer
Favorite Color: Gold sand
Favorite Book: Empire of Signs ( R. Barthes )
Favorite Movie: Vicky Victoria Barcelona ( woody Allen )
Favorite Food: Indian food
Favorite Quote: ¨People can´t understand that you can do something, knowing that is not worth ¨
For how long have been in photography? How did you start?
I am photographer since approximately 10 years ago. I started experimenting with photography while traveling many years ago. Previously, I have worked with photographers in graphics communication in my design studio.
How would you define yourself as an artist? I see Photography as a constant state of learning, and I talk about what happens to me with what I see.
Where do you find inspiration? In nature, books, dreams, music, trains, light, travels and friends. In the encounter between art and life, I see metaphors about our existence.
I work with natural light, and that’s what affects the mood of the day/pic. I’m specially interested in discovering high visual aesthetics on basic scenes, preserving the essentials.
Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts?
I don’t use brainstorming to get ideas on my photography. I just take my pics when I find them. But after a time, I see new meanings on what I saw initially. I like mixing up photos, like playing cards, as a way of editing new ideas.
Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology? I love my digital camera because sometimes I like shooting in a rush way, depending on the moment, that require different stages of reaction. Analogical cameras are great for specific projects. It is all up on what you are doing.
What type of camera do you use most? I use a Canon 5d, and as a semi pocket Canon G13
What is your favorite lens? A 50mm – F/ 1.4 .
What has been your most memorable assignment and why? I don’t have a specific one, but a few months ago I was hired to cover a social wedding and felt strange doing it.
I had never done this before, believing it was going to be boring. Somehow, I accepted the deal, and found lot of inspiration turning this images into a photo-book. Everything can be done in an exiting artistic way. It depends on how you focus.
What are your favourite three images you have shot recently? Oh well… I have 2 . Recently I portrayed twin daughters of a friend of mine from Buenos Aires and I made a dip-tic for of these two young adolescents in a very genuine pre-sexy stage, as it is adolescence.
How important is an awesome website for your business? I don’t think it’s important to have an ¨awesome website¨ in relation to my photography. I prefer that my photos speak by themselves. It is the same question to ask how important is the frame of a photo hanging in the wall? It is not important, just in case it is part of the concept of your work.
What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have?
I always try to shoot in raw high definition, but for example, pockets cameras sometimes are perfect to make dirty images.
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction? I had a nice experience with my ¨Illusion Dream¨ Serie.
List of your clients? In general my clients meet my work in exhibitions. There are also collectors that like my photography.
Who are the photographer’s you admire the most? Araki is my big favorite, I can always come back to his work and find something new.
What about architects and designers? Saha Hadid inspire me in architecture and also as a woman. I like karl Lagerfeld as a designer very much.
What are your next projects? I have in mind making a special edition based on Oriental themes. I would love to show my photography in Lebanon, and to those remote areas that I always get touched with when I happen to be around there.