I have this urge to shoot some natural light stuff. Anyway I Rona’s work is amazing when you scroll through to her gear you’ll be amazed how she can make the simplest of gear produce such striking images. Enjoy.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I recently turned 21 and after coming back from spending five months in France earlier this year, I’ve been living back home with my family in a village in the south of Germany. Although I’ve been a little restless this year and away travelling and visiting friends whenever possible. I’m currently just working and trying to finally find out what I want to do with my life in the future after finishing school last year and while everyone around me seems to have moved on already. But I’m getting there, I’m already looking forward to moving out and starting a new life, studying and meeting new people. I have been documenting all that and will be taking photos as I go, both digital and analog, for I find it important to be able to remember every single thing I did in my life.
What made you get into photography? How did you get started?
Till this day I am not quite sure. I started taking photos of everything I thought looked good in 2007, tried out quite a lot until I realized that what I really want to do is pus as much of myself as possible in every single photo I took. It wasn’t until a little over two years ago that I really got into photography, that is right before I started my fifty two weeks project, where I took a self portrait for every week of an entire year. I started putting more thought into my work, reflected on what I experienced every week to get a photo that really represented it in the end.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
By now my favourite photos are those that hold an idea, a memory, a feeling, just anything that makes people think. Ever since I took up film photography in the beginning of 2010, I’ve been really into documenting whatever I do with my friends, family, even on my own. Those photos I take with my film camera are mostly spontaneous, which is why they express so well what I’ve been up to. Whereas the ones I put more thought into mean so much to me on a different level. Photography allows me to capture a moment when it happens, as well as when it’s already over and I failed to document it, because a photo can say so much about other people even when they’re not in them, about a place I’ve been to even though I didn’t take it there, about a feeling that has changed a long time ago, about everything as it was and never might be like.
What gear are you using?
I create with a Canon EOS 400D + 50mm f/1.4 (and sometimes the 18-55mm and 55-200mm), and remember with a Canon AE-1 + 50mm f/1.8 (and as of late the 28mm f/2.8).
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Probably the 50mm f/1.4 because it’s the one I always use.
How are you marketing yourself?
I’ve been part of internet communities like deviantart and flickr ever since I got into photography. The only thing I basically do is share my work and keep in contact with photographers all over the world I have met on there, who often inspire me to keep going. I don’t see that as marketing myself, but rather as doing what I love. Which is looking at my favourite photographer’s works, discovering new things, being inspired, as well as posting my own photos.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
It’s called ‘self made lemonade’ and I think I like it so much because superficially it’s a very typical “Rona photo”, but at the same time it expresses a feeling I used to have without directly displaying it, which is exactly what I tried to explain above.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Find out what you like, concentrate on that, be inspired, don’t try to force anything, do your own thing, and always because you want to!