Back in October we did a short feature on Chisinau, Moldova-native fine art and portrait film photographer Eugene Levinta, focusing on his beautiful double exposure portraits. We recently got in touch with him via e-mail, and so we present to you our exclusive interview. Read on to find out his thoughts on analogue photography, his inspirations, and most memorable photography project, among many other things!
From All Sides with @ritacordeiro
For more of Rita’s creative perspectives, follow @ritacordeiro.
Portugal Instagrammer Rita Cordeiro (@ritacordeiro) sees life as a fusion of colors, sounds and vantage points. That dynamic, synesthetic sense of perception shines through on Instagram.
"I fell in love with photography when I was 14, almost at the same time I fell in love with music. My life has had a soundtrack since then and maybe this influenced the way I use Instagram," she explains. "Almost all my pictures are titled with the name of a song. The association is instant and usually occurs when I’m taking the picture."
In addition to including a layer of implied sound with her images, Rita also likes to add a third dimension: Instead of capturing just one angle of a subject or object, Rita often shoots her scene from two or three perspectives, creating a visual series when you look them side-by-side on her profile. “There are some subjects I like looking at from different points of view,” she says. Other series are united only by color. “I sometimes focus only on color and suddenly have some kind of diptych or triptych that I’m only aware of after publishing. Pure chance.”
Rita’s first two posts on Instagram kicked off her work in series. “My first two pictures were of a pair of shoes I had wanted for a long time and finally bought. I wanted to share both sides of the shoes with photos. It was a perfect ‘Cinderella’ moment.”
October 4, 2013 on Flickr.
Io’s hand in my hand on Flickr.
There is a certain mindset that comes with being productive. You are focused. You are in the zone. This is a different experience than just being. The two are in constant flux throughout the day.
We somewhat worship productivity. There is good reason for this. At the end of the day, you can look back and see the trail of everything you have accomplished. For some of us, there is a physical manifestation of our work; for some of us it could be a checklist of things.
The down side of productivity is that it requires discipline. You must harden yourself against the extraneous distractions the day throws your way. Stopping to smell the roses is all you need to throw you off your groove.
And, so productivity can preclude any opportunity to simply be, to exist. While you can live very well without smelling roses, along with that are other pleasant experiences, such as spending time with your loved ones and truly being present in mind, not just body.
The productivity mindset can cause you to be physically present, but mentally distant. Spending time with those for whom you strive becomes another item on the list.
But this is not all one-sided. We need to be productive. We need to create, to accomplish. We need to express what we are meant to do with our lives through our work. It is what gives us satisfaction and meaning.
Yet, we must be careful to keep that drive in check. Not everything in our lives must be controlled. Not everything can be controlled. Some things can only be enjoyed as they are. Some things we can only enjoy simply by being, rather than doing.
We must learn to be able to switch between both mindsets and be aware of the choice. Be deliberate in when we drive and when we simply are. http://dlvr.it/35P7Xr