A Simple Hello: Words from Ines Perkovic
It’s no secret how much I love photography (unless you’re new here). I love taking photos, I love looking at amazing photography, and I love discovering new photographers whose vision I fall in love with at first sight. Today I want to share with you another photographer’s vision, and a great friend of mine.
It’s hard to remember where I saw her photos first but I’m pretty sure it was from her Flickr photo stream, many moons ago. Ines is a history professor and photographer from Croatia who likes to capture the simplicity of life and daily blessings. I connected with Ines to ask her a few questions about photography, how she started out, her influences, and advice for aspiring photographers. What I love most about Ines’s style of photography is the simplicity of life that shines through, she captures everyday moments and stories with elegance and grace. Here are her words and her story.
Q: How did you fall in love with photography?
Ines Perkovic: I’ve always been interested in art, in some form or the other (drawing, painting). Ten years ago I stumbled across Flickr and the moment I saw beautiful photos everyone was uploading, I really felt I should be doing the same. I mean, that was something I just had to start doing. At the time, I only had my 3 megapixel point-and-shoot camera to start with. I just remember I was taking photos of random objects, landscapes, etc. with no sense of style whatsoever.
Q: How important is developing a style as a photographer? How would you describe your style?
Ines Perkovic: I would say developing a style is really important and it, as you shoot more, somehow comes naturally. I tried every style there is. From editorial (my own versions) to macro and everything else in between. But, for the last 5 years, I’ve discovered that lifestyle photography is what interests me the most. But, I am not bound to it as I just love to shoot my everydays. That is why I like to venture into landscape or portrait photography as well. If I see something, I take a photo of it. I would say my style is clean, simple with a little bit of grainy haze every once in a while.
Q: Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
Ines Perkovic: I grew up in a small suburban area with my mom, dad and grandparents. Being an only child, it sure did contribute to always getting what I want and being in the centre of attention. Even though I was a bit of a brat back then, I think it helped me to discover what I want in life. No one could ever push things on me as I always knew what I want, style-wise specifically. Also, I am very family/friends oriented which shows through my photography as my stream is filled with lifestyle/everyday photos.
Q: What’s the one piece of photo gear you couldn’t live without?
Ines Perkovic: Two years ago, I would say a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens because I literally couldn’t live without it. Now, I would also say a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 as it’s the only prime lens I own and only lens I shoot with. I am getting sick of it, in a way. Don’t get me wrong, I’d never get rid of it, it’s just, I would like to venture into 85mm or 35mm, for a change.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers out there?
Ines Perkovic: Oh, I have a couple of things (in no particular order of importance). I’d say always make sure to work with the light and search for it. Light is your best friend.
The second thing is, get to know your camera, learn what all those buttons can do. Not just the automatic setting. Also, invest your time in the theoretic side of photography and post processing. I never cared to bother with such things and only later did I realized it was preventing me to maximize the finishing result. For example, back in the days, I shot only JPG because RAW wasn’t even on my radar. Big mistake. Or I shot with a 50mm 1.8 without knowing what f/1.8 means. Don’t do that. Google is your best friend.
Also, I would say never to be scared or embarrassed to take a shot just because someone is watching you. I know that is a silly one but, I had so many of such moments where I hesitated to just go for it. So many perfect moments where I just wasn’t brave enough because some dudes were looking at me all funny.
Moments and Stories: Photos by Ines
Did you enjoy this interview series, From One Photographer to Another? My goal is for you to be inspired to look outside of your comfort zone, your usual genre of photography, and discover other amazing visual storytellers out there. I’m already planning ahead on other photographers to share with you in the coming months!
Photography credits: Ines Perkovic.