Gothic Photographer; Interview :
We take an interview from popular Gothic photographer Lycilia-Art . In this interview, they share some personal & informational tips with us . If you are a Gothic photographer or trying to be a successful photographer, I hope this interview will help you to be a successful Gothic photographer .
- Tell us a little about you, your family, etc…
I’m a 32 year old photography artist living in Bottrop Germany together with my boyfriend and our two geckos. I started photography in 2007 while I was studying German and English language and literature. I had a lot of time for creative work then. Currently I am working as a primary school teacher which decreases my time for creative projects. I also stopped taking pictures for a while, but always felt something was missing. So I started again this summer with some great projects together with other wonderful artists.
- What is the most challenging part about being a Gothic photographer for you?
I think the most challenging part is staying creative and always try develop yourself. Try out new things and learn new techniques, but don’t try to copy someone else and find your own unique style.
- What type of photography do you do most? And what do you enjoy most and why?
I merely do people photography with picture editing in Photoshop. I was never interested in taking pictures of flowers, landscape or buildings, unless with an interesting person in the foreground.
I enjoy both – dark romantic or even scary pictures, as well as colourful and fantastic ones. I love extraordinary stylings and outfits and I am very happy that I had the chance to work together with some great designers, like Johanna Macht, Jumeria Creations or Elegant Curiosities in the past and I’m looking forward for more interesting cooperation.
- How many sessions do you do per month? Do you feel you want more work or are you busier than you can handle.
I have a lot of requests (in fact much more than I can handle), because I only do about 2 to 3 sessions per month. Since I have a full-time job, there is not much time left for photography, hobbies, my boyfriend and friends. So I decided to reduce the number of sessions and therefore increase the quality. I don’t spend any time on projects I’m not into.
- Describe your photographic style? How did you develop your style?
I think it would be easier to have a look at my pictures, than try to describe my style in words. J Before I started taking pictures I spend a lot of time painting and drawing. I was always into fantasy and dark romantic images which also influenced my style in photography.
- What is your best photography tip?
As a people photographer I think my best tip is: Only work with people you like. Life is too short to spend your free time with people who annoy you.
- What does photography mean to you?
It’s a way to express myself. I love being creative and always have been in one way or another. Photography and creating pictures in Photoshop is a chance of being creative and that’s what it’s all about.
- What inspires you?
I have been inspired by a lot of artists, e.g. Victoria Frances or Royo (I think, both are names a lot of artists would mention as an inspiration). But there are also many other things that can be inspiring, like music, books, movies, fairytales or interesting people.
- How has social media played a role in your photography?
Social media has offered many opportunities for meeting other artists, models or designers. It’s a chance for getting in touch with people who have the same interests. You also get a lot of feedback, which helps you to think about your work and to develop.
- How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
I started as an autodidact in photography as well as in the usage of Photoshop. Later I got a lot of hints in communities, from friends and other photographers. Youtube videos can also be very useful. But at the end I’ve just been playing around with different settings and styles until I found a look I was happy with.