Sunday, December 27, 2009

Style Sunday - An interview with Mina Georgescu

Hope everyone has had a Happy Holiday Weekend with all kinds of warm snugly memories to get them through the rest of the long, cold winter. Unless, of course, you are Down Under. You are still allowed to have warm snugly memories of course, but please also send some sunshine our way up north!

Anyway we took a short break in the interviews to prep for the holiday rush, but we are now back in full force and ready to continue interviewing the fabulously talented ladies of FPOE!
This week we are exploring the world of Depuis by Mina Georgescu, whose work has a lovely vintage quality, while still being modern, fresh and vivid. Read on to learn more about this talented lady before popping into her shop!

Shop Banner for Depuis Decorative Photography on Etsy
A Romanian-born photographer, Mina Georgescu now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Lucas. Like many photographers, she has a small collection of cameras. However her go-to tools are her Zenith, her Minolta (both film cameras) and her Canon EOS DSLR.

FPOE
When did you realized you were a photographer?

Mina
I took my very first pic at the age of 7 which I still have. Photography grew in me but I never really considered it to be my main thing. I guess that's how you explain my attending an Architecture Profile High School, Foreign Languages & Literature College and my semi-Master's Degree in IT.

FPOE
How would you describe your style?

Mina
I'm in a phase of self discovery so I try new things most of the time, I think style comes with time and experience.

FPOE
What inspires you to pick up your camera?

Mina
It's a tic I guess.

FPOE
What subjects really speak to you?

Mina
I just recently fell in love with Coney Island - see my Magical Places series.

FPOE
Tell me a little bit about your shooting and editing process.

Mina
Hmm... I love photoshop, there's so much more you can do with it compared to the darkroom techniques. I combine photography and digital painting.

FPOE
Tell me about some milestones in your life and how they have deepened or expanded the themes of your work?

Skyflier Summer Fun by Depuis Decorative Photography on EtsyMina
Again, still too fresh for all of that. But my biggest inspiration is my husband; if it wasn't for him I would have never had the courage of taking the big step and sharing my work with the public.

FPOE
What was the process that brought you to Etsy?

Mina
Etsy is one of my favorite shopping sites so I was familiar with it at the time I decided to open my shop.

Coney Island Carnivale Summer Fun by Depuis Decorative Photography on EtsyFPOE
What has your experience selling been?

Mina
It's been great, I have collectors from Australia, Netherlands and all over US. I love it!

FPOE
*Do you sell other products other than photos?

Mina
No, just decorative photography.

FPOE
Any advice to other photographers selling on Etsy?

Mina
Yes, keep at it. If you know in your heart your work is good keep going. There's an audience for every style.
You can fine more of Mina's moody style on her Etsy Shop: http://depuis.etsy.com

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Afternoon Swoon [monday night montage]



#19 from Shannon Blue (left) & Cassia Beck (right)

wishes you

a merry ho-ho!!!


With visions of sugar plums,
i.heart.diptychs

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fpoe Ambush...Kristybee

Um...I'm just saying ;) (by Kristybee)

Our victim today will be
Her Etsy.
Her Flickr.
Her Blog.

If you have money to spend, buy something from her shop.
If you have time to spare, check out her blog and her flickr and show her some love! Do what you can to make her feel like a queen for a day.



The ambush ends Friday at 12pm eastern time.

Tell your friends, post it on your blog, spread the word!

Thanks girls!


shop: www.etsy.com/shop/Kristybee
flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/lilylove/
blog: kristybee-kristybee.blogspot.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday Night Montage [its still monday somewhere...]


Its instant love this week with
ShannonBlue (left) and CassiaBeck (right)'s sweet combination

  • those gingerbread cookie men have m&m's in them!!
  • that circus lollipop is actually having it's portrait taken
  • yum, just yum in general
great capturing, women!

Till Next Week,
i.heart.diptychs

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Style Sunday - an Interview with Emma in Wonderland Photography

Come take a trip down the Rabbit Hole with Emma in Wonderland Photography! Ok, I will admit at the onset that I am a huge Alice in Wonderland nerd. Anything pertaining to that story and the geek in me does an embarrassing little happy dance.
Emma's eclectic work is full of a fantastic otherworldly quality and is laced with nuance and a certain vintage-style resonance. It's hard not to feel like you might have followed a little white rabbit into something Curiouser and curiouser!

FPOE caught up with Emma over in London to talk a bit about her work and what brought her to photography.

Emma in Wonderland on Flickr

FPOE:
How did you first discovered photography?

Emma:
My Dad bought me my very first camera when I was about 15 or 16. It was a Miranda point-and-shoot and he assured me that it was a “very good make” even though I’d never heard of it! He himself had a Canon SLR which my sister and I were never allowed to touch, so of course I coveted that enormously! This all set me on the path to discovering photography and wanting a ‘proper’ camera of my own.

When I was about 17 I was shopping in Boots the Chemist buying film when I happened to spot some Ilford black and white. I thought “why not?” That was a defining moment for me. I used to take lots of photos of my friends but sometimes, even though I hated seeing photos of myself, they’d take my camera and shoot one or two of me. When I saw myself in black and white and actually liked the photos I instantly fell in love. I started shooting everything in black and white, which were mainly portraits and landscapes. By the time I was in my late twenties I was taking my camera everywhere, usually my Kodak Advantix or even disposables. Then came a pivotal moment, a sort of blessing in disguise; I was on a road trip through Europe when I was robbed in Prague. They took everything, including my camera and camcorder and all the films and tapes - even my toothbrush! I had nothing to show for my journey so far and no way to buy a new camera for the rest of the trip. I was utterly distraught. Then, a couple of weeks later in Vienna I looked in the window of a camera shop and there was a brand new Konica Minolta Dynax, complete with lens and battery - and now that I’d sorted out my money I could actually buy it! Digital was just about to launch itself globally so film camera prices took a sudden nosedive and I acquired what became my ‘baby’ for less than £100 Euros. The only problem was that the instructions were in German - but I didn’t let that stop me. I immediately loaded the battery and began shooting straight away! I’ve never looked back.

FPOE:
How has being a mother affected your photography?

Emma:
I’ve been battling with clinical depression s
ince the early nineties but was in recovery when my son was born in 2006. Unfortunately complications meant that the birth was very traumatic and my depression recurred, although they re-relabeled it as post-natal depression (PND) the symptoms were almost identical. I was also diagnosed with post-traumatic shock disorder (PTSD) but was able to conquer that with help from an excellent psychotherapist. When William was 6 months old I took the (mad) decision to study photography formally. Mental illness had robbed me of my chance to build a career in my twenties and I wanted to do something and be someone my son could look up to and respect. I also wanted and needed something just for me, so I signed up for an A level course at my local technical college. It was only supposed to be one evening a week but it soon took over my life!

Before William was born I knew I wanted to keep a record of his childhood, right from day one, so I bought my very first digital camera - a Fujifilm compact. Unfortunately I was a total beginner when it came to digital so shot everything at 3 megapixels, so none of William’s baby photos will ever be larger than 6x4”. That’s a rookie mistake you only make once!

Now William is nearly four and has already shown an interest in photography! He loves to take a few shots of whatever I’m shooting so I set the tripod up to his height and let him play - closely supervised, of course! My proudest moment was when he suggested we sit under a tree on a sunny day. He took my compact off me and walked straight up to a bush covered in flowers and began snapping away, then he came back to the tree, walked right up to the trunk and started taking photos of the bark texture. I thought I’d burst with pride and joy! He’s going to be a very happy boy this Christmas day when he unwraps the V-Tech Kiddie-Zoom Pro..!

FPOE:
You mentioned that you are now studying photography formally. Can you tell me a little bit about that experience and what it has done to expand your work?

Emma:
At college we worked solely in black and white film - which of course was right up my street! - and processed and printed our own films. We printed on 10x8” gloss paper (although because of my subject matter I sometimes really wanted to use matte, so I cheated and printed my contacts on matte paper, just to get an idea of what they’d look like!)

For my very first exam portfolio I jumped in head first and embarked on a self-portrait series documenting my journey through mental illness. My tutor was so pleased with the final portfolio that he gave me the full 60/60! I was so happy - I’d finally found something I was good at and enjoyed! By the end of what was the toughest thing I’ve ever done academically, two years later, I received a high A grade and automatic licentiate membership into the Royal Photographic Society.

FPOE:
What equipment do you use?

Emma:
My workhorse camera is a Nikon D80 with
an 18-70mm Nikkor lens. I also have a couple of digital compacts made by Fuji and GE - yes, apparently General Electric make cameras! I use those when taking a large SLR with me would be intrusive or impractical. They’re also great for popping in your pocket and recording a scene which I can come back to later with my dSLR.

I haven’t been in a studio for a while but when I am I usually use a Nikon F55 film SLR.

My trusty Konica Minolta Dynax is still with me but I’ve been working exclusively in digital for the last two years. I’ve been concentrating so much on building a commercial portfolio and selling my work lately that I nearly forgot to simply enjoy the photographic process and seeing and shooting for pleasure, so I’ve asked my husband for a Diana or Holga for Christmas so I can put the fun back!

FPOE:
How would you describe your style?

Emma:
Eclectic - and deliberately so! Sorry if that sounds like a cop-out but I truly believe that just about everything is worth photographing. I’m often thought of as a solely B&W photographer or a character portraitist, but these days I’m working mainly in still life and experimenting much more with colour. Digital has given me the freedom to work from home as and when I get the chance - very important if, like me, you are almost housebound due to illness and have a small child demanding your exclusive attention!

Much of my work contains certain themes such as mental illness or Christianity. Most of my work is conceptual which means that every single photo has a story behind it, even if that meaning isn’t immediately obvious from the resulting image. Art is subjective and every photo speaks to someone in a different way. I get huge joy hearing what a certain picture says to someone!

FPOE:
What are you working on at the moment?

Emma:
I’m currently building my digital processing skills and have been concentrating on making
vintage-feel lomography-style prints and making digital art from my original photos. It’s great fun and I’ve been really pleased with the results so far!

FPOE:
What has brought you to Etsy?

Emma:
I heard about Etsy from fellow photographers such as Elle Moss, who I first ‘met’ on Flickr.com. We were members of the Female Self-Portrait Artists’ Support Group and Etsy occasionally came up in discussions. I had a look and within a month I’d decided to take the plunge and sign up! I had absolutely no idea whether anyone would actually want to buy my work by then someone did and the ball started rolling! I went further and uploaded a very personal image - A Gentle Freak-Out - which I thought might be suitably anonymous. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want a photo of me, a complete stranger, on their wall! Amazingly, that image is probably my best seller! It’s because it speaks to so many people - we’ve all been there!

FPOE:
Do you sell any other products?

Emma:
I’ve recently opened a supplies shop
called Needs Must. At the moment it’s mainly vintage knitting and clothing patterns but I have a lot of craft items to de-stash and sell, such as beads and jewellery components and scrapbooking items. My uncle is a wholesaler, mainly to the railway modelling and dolls house crowd so by the start of 2010 I should have all kinds of supplies, including matt/mount cutting boards which could be very useful for anyone wanting to matt and mount their own photographs!

(Incidentally; if anyone has any requests for products they’d like to see in the shop, all suggestions are welcome!)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/NeedsMust

FPOE:
Any advice for other photographers selling on Etsy?

Emma:
I’ve been in the retail industry since birth so I know that the most important thing is to listen to your custome
r and give them what they want, such as a framed example of your print, sizes available and shipping costs to their country. People don’t just buy products on Etsy, they also buy a little piece of the artist, so a concise but informative bio is a must. You don’t have to go into great detail - the image will speak to the viewer on its own, anyway, but it’s nice to know what the artist intended. One good tip: only upload small, low resolution images to Etsy to avoid it being copied and printed for free! A watermark is an option, too, although I don’t use them.

Finally - always give excellent customer care. My Dad - a consummate shopkeeper - once told me; “treat customers as you would like to be treated and you won’t go wrong.”

For more information on Emma in Wonderland Photography, visit her shop.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/EmmainWonderland

Or check out her blog: http://emmainwonderlandphotography.blogspot.com
You can also follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/EmmainWndrland

She also has quite a bit of awesome work on her Flickr site!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

fPOE Ambush - Leaca's Philosophy

Our victim today will be Leaca’s Philosophy:

Her Etsy.
Her Flickr.
Her Blog.

Now if you have money to spend buy something from her shop.
If you have time to spare check out her blog and her flickr and show her some love!
Do what you can to make her feel like a queen for a day and thank her for initiating and promoting the fPOE ambush.

The ambush ends Thursday at 12pm eastern time.

Tell your friends, post it on your blog, spread the word!

Thanks girls!
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shop: www.etsy.com/shop/leaca
blog: http://www.simplyblogged.blogspot.com/
flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/leacayoung/

Monday Night Montage [more than a little late]

so sorry,
finals have me by the throat...

I know I gushed about Yvette Inufio and Gabrielle Kai's work last week,
but I couldn't resist posting these darling cameras for this week's diptych pick
the forrest reflection in the lens, the breaking of the forth wall....

Here's looking at you-photographers, have a great week!
By the way, say hello to our new in our eyes collaboration.


Till next week,
i.heart.diptychs

ps: not in a diptych collaboration,
but have a great one you want to share?
Just comment below and let me know!

fPOE Member of the Week... Mina Lucia

This weeks featured member is New York Photographer Mina Lucia!

Her Flickr.
Her Blog.








Tuesday, December 1, 2009

FPOE Ambush Shannonpix

air (by shannonblue)
Our victim today will be
Her Etsy.
Her Flickr.
Her Blog.

If you have money to spend, buy something from her shop.
If you have time to spare, check out her blog and her flickr and show her some love!
Do what you can to make her feel like a queen for a day.



The ambush ends Thursday at 12pm eastern time.

Tell your friends, post it on your blog, spread the word!

Thanks girls!


shop: www.etsy.com/shop/shannonpix
flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/shannonpix/
blog: shannonblue.blogspot.com/

fPOE Member of the Week... The Photo Zoo

This weeks featured member is The Photo Zoo, who's shop is full of eclectic, quirky photographs.