Dina Belenko: Photographer of the week
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by Editor Yvette Depaepe
Dina Belenko's imagination is endless. She tells us magical stories with mundane objects, brings them alive. Her work is coulourful and playful. She doesn't consider her photographs as creatively edited but far more as still life images. Dina is not only a talented visual narrator but she drags us into her magical world through her images. Moreover, she is a spirited and charming lady who often made me smile when I first red her answers in this interview.
Usually I introduce myself as a still life photographer. And yes, this is my profession now. But I'm interested in so many other things!
In course of time I started to took at photography more seriously, started to think about what I want to say through my pictures, to plan shootings, to draw sketches and to pay attention to minor details. I began to control more and more aspects of my work.
The entire process looks like this:
1. The Idea.
What software do you use to process your images?
What is your most important advice to a beginner in “still life” or “creatively edited” photography and how do you get started?
Speaking of which. I don't really believe in abstract inspiration. I believe in the inspiration that finds us during our work. So, I just sit down with my sketchbook, felt pens and a cup of tea and start to think: about what the next picture could be? I can choose an abstract topic (e.g. sea, astronomy, travel, sweets), and find suitable objects to this story. Or, on the contrary, I can select an object (e.g. recently bought cups, magnifying glass or shell) and come up with a little adventure for it.
My book is about outer space, chocolate cookies, dreams of interstellar flight, coffee, cupcakes and meeting with aliens . I felt like it's a fruitful theme for a long series. I've never made such a long series before so I had to find a theme which may give large variations of objects and stories. Space fits perfectly:)
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