Meet our Photographers: Eva
Meet EvaMaria. She is one of the photographers on The Photo Forest.
Austrian born, Netherlands based, Florence and The Machine lover. We caught up with Eva to ask her 11 questions so you could get to know her better. Yes, cat’s are her favorite, she has two kids and Central America is on her bucket list!
A bit of an introduction – who are you, where are you from and where are you currently located?
Where are you sitting right now and writing this interview from?
I am sitting at home in our very messy living room, with a cup of coffee, trying to ignore the kids questions why I have to work a g a i n . There is always toys, lego, crayons or the odd cardbox house filling up the floor. But I love to keep my little corner of the room empty: A clean, white desk with my Mac workstation, nothing else. Keeps me sane.
Which country would you love to go one day to take pictures from?
I haven’t travelled through any part of Asia and even though I am more drawn to Central and South America in general, I would love to visit India and Japan one day. People keep telling me it is a whole different world and it’s intriguing to dive into a new adventure. I am curious about how the light is different there, the sounds, the colors and scents.
If I could go again: Definitely Iceland.
If you had to be an animal, what would it be?
Oh, I’d say a cat, which gives away the answer to question #11 🙂 I love their sense for independence, their determination and grace. At the same time they can be very sensitive and empathic.
What pictures do you like shooting the most?
I love working with people. Especially when I can relate to them – so a lot of time family, friends and friends of friends end up in front of my camera. But sometimes these intimate moments can happen with strangers as well … When they open up and let their personality shine through. It is a beautiful process, exploring this through photography.
You are currently working and living in the Netherlands, what surprised you the most about Dutch people?
I like how down-to-earth Dutch people are, unimpressed with rain, always out and about and making things happen, with a great sense for community.
Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
This will sound cheesy, but I do love to document for and with my daughters. Telling their story for them to keep and look back to in year’s time, I hope they will see that all the hours mom spent behind the camera were worth it.
Do you prefer shooting women or men?
Throughout the years I have worked together with more women than men. When they feel safe enough to show their vulnerable and not so perfect sides – that is when I feel truly fulfilled as a photographer.
What song perfectly describes you as a person? Could you add the link to the song on Youtube?
I consider myself a very emotional person, so I will go through ups and downs in my life again and again. But whenever I think there was no way, there is a way. The weird thing is other people consider me very optimistic when I think exactly the opposite.
My song would be Florence and the Machine // Shake it Out
If you could give one tip to beginner photographers, what would it be?
Don’t stop. Go out and take all the pictures. You will take a lot of crappy ones and you will take a few nice ones. Keep the nice ones and take some more. And a lot more. Once people start recognizing you by the way you take a picture, you have found your voice. Stick with it. It is unique. It is you.
Are you a cat or a dog person?
Sorry to all my canine friends (and I do have quite a few), but I am definitely a cat person 😉 I miss our cat Gustaf every day. Looking forward to seeing him this summer in Austria!
And the last one – what do you hope to contribute to The Photo Forest community?
Kudos to Nora for making The Photo Forest reality! The mission of the TPF community to change the world by changing the imagery we consume through our daily media feeds resonates 100% with what I value in my work as a photographer: To show the world more the way it is, how it feels for people like you and me. With all the mess and the different shapes and sizes we come in. Even though I might be one of the least diverse people, coming from a Western-European culture, I will pour all my creative juices and good spirits into this project to change the way we depict the world today.