ANA SPOLJARIC

Can you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself, your favorite equipment to use, and how you became interested in photography?
I’m from Croatia. I’ve landed on US ground about 3.5 years ago, currently a student at UDC with a preferable major in photography. So far my favorite equipment to use seems to be a zoom lens, I like getting to the details, and secluding them and making them important, I also like getting the texture. I got interested in photography almost by a chance, thanks to a very good and supportive teacher a had in basic photography Prof Iwan, he showed me a way of possibility of creating something, an image, a reflective media of reality around as, and a work of art when the image itself is so powerful that it affect us.

What are you currently working on?
Just got a new digital Nikon, and I don’t have my mind set on a specific thing, being spontaneous, and still learning about my camera.

Who are your influences?
There are quite a few photographers that influenced me. One of them is Ansel Adams, I think his landscapes are stunning and out of this world. Then the contemporary photographer Howard Schatz took it of to a whole new level with his series of underwater photography. I’m also a big fan of documentary photography, and any image that is captured in time and records a moment in history.

Why do you think it’s important to study photography? What have been some of your greatest experiences studying photo at UDC?
For me, I think I have that artistic need to express myself in a way, I have a need to create something, to make something out of nothing and making it a thing of value. In school you learn about the technique of the camera itself and the final production, but no one can give you that insightful eye, your own perspective. I think there’s no two people alike who will see the same thing in the exact same way, we are all different, and it makes me happy when I think I’ve managed to portray my own individuality onto the image, and it makes me even more happy when people like it or they simply have some kind of reaction to it.

Past two semesters I’ve been processing black and white film, and the most exciting part is when I get to see the image on the paper for the very first time, after all those insecurities. Was my light too strong, was it to dark, did I roll the film wrong, did I underexpose it ?????

To see that the image managed to survive through all the dangers of being destroyed is the most exciting thing.

In three words, what inspires you?
Chocolate, ice cream, and coffee.