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Photography by Arijana Suman

Jun 21, 2016

Arijana is a self-taught photographer from Bosnia and Herzegovina whose images revolve around the simple and beautiful moments in life. People lost in their thoughts, countryside scenes and touching portraits are examples of her absorbing work. Almost like a diary, these images represent the personal experiences and stories that become part of our memories and live in our hearts.

 

Following we want to present an interview that we had with Arijana:

 

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

AS - I am a psychology student born in 1992 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina where I still live and work.

 

am - How did you start in photography?

AS - Well, actually I started quite late. It all began when I got my first analog camera for my 21st birthday. It became like a some source of meditation or relaxation for me. I knew nothing. So now I look at it as an adventure or a meaningful process which is growing in my heart.

 

am - What inspires your work?

AS - Traditions of my people, simplicity of the life in the countryside, that connection between human and nature. I like nature and its struggle when she (female person) fights with the big urban environment. On the other hand, I am constantly inspired by the complexity of human nature, which leads me to overanalyze myself as a girl/woman. Also there’s music, and silence of some people can also be a motivation for me to make something quieter than them.

 

am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

AS - Paul Gauguin and  Henri Matisse are my big time favorites. I’m always finding something new on their paintings that inspire me and teach me. Also I love the works of Hellen van Meene, Yelena Yemchuk, Greg Girard, Alain Laboile, Nadia Sablin, Sally Mann, Masahisa Fukase, Romualdas Rakauskas, Barbara Cole, etc. And I have to mention the series of images under the title ‘The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams’ by Alessandra Sanguinetti.

 

am - How would you describe your photographs in 3 words?

AS - Love, Block, Pain.

 

am - When you are not taking pictures, what do you do?

AS - Currently, I am spending a lot of time in a library because I am in the middle of my exams. But besides that, I like to be surrounded by my closest friends, talking, dancing, drinking tea… The better I know them, the better I know me – and the other way around – which helps me with my work.  Also watching movies or walking in the forest can be a kind of revelation for me.

 

am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without?

AS - Sleep, pizza, Internet, sea and sun.

 

am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?

AS - Portugal.

 

am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?

AS - Raspberry Swirl by Tori Amos, Adore by Savages, Martha’s Dream by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

 

am - What’s your favourite movie?

AS - Eric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales” series and Being There by Hal Ashby.

 

am - What are you reading at the moment?

AS - Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger.

 

am - What’s your favourite season and why?

AS - Summer in my town, it gets warm and people turn into some strange peaceful and violent creatures. It’s almost absurd, scary and lovely at the same time.

 

am -Your main unanswered question in life?

AS - Who has a finger on the trigger for all of us?

 

am -Do you have any project in mind that could be a personal or professional challenge?

AS - Few months ago I started painting my photos, because in some of them I saw something missing. Now I see endless variations and outcomes for one photograph, which expand my imagination, so we will see how it goes.

 

am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

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