Nadine Mrb’s photography is the genuine article, it is real life, no doubt about it – but captured in a way that makes you want to stop what you are doing, book a flight and turn on, tune in, drop out…
How did you first get started in photography? What is it about the medium that attracts you?
I always felt very drawn to photography. I remember I would always take a disposable camera with me as a teenager (over 10 years ago) documenting friends, travels and parties. I always loved taking these images especially because it was film. It was particularly film photography that I couldn’t get enough of.
Shooting is something very personal to me and it is a huge creative outlet. I feel extremely free when shooting, not many other things give me this feeling.
What is your main motivation for shooting? Do you want your images to convey a particular message or emotion to the viewer?
My photographs are my diary in a way. I do not keep a written diary, but a visual one. I capture my surroundings and the people in it at that moment. The people featured in most of my images are friends or have become friends. I try to find beauty in everything around me and I think this is a part of the aesthetics of my images. Shooting is something very personal to me and it is a huge creative outlet. I feel extremely free when shooting, not many other things give me this feeling.
You shoot only film, no digital; what is it about the analog process that appeals to you? Conversely, what is it about a digital workflow that doesn’t appeal?
As I mentioned before, I started out with disposable cameras as a teenager. I was always so drawn to film because I felt the grain and colors had such a particular feel to it that couldn’t be found digitally. Besides that, the process of shooting an image and seeing this through the lens but not knowing how it would actually turn out is such an indescribable thrill. Personally, I feel shooting film makes me so much more aware of every image I take vs. digital photography in which I’m more inclined to keep shooting the same thing many times. With film, I only give myself so many tries to capture an image. Also, waiting for the images to get developed and then seeing the end result is something I really enjoy; excitement building up, and occasionally major let downs.
…the process of shooting an image and seeing this through the lens but not knowing how it would actually turn out is such an indescribable thrill.
What has been the best piece of photography advice given to you?
I can’t really think of a particular piece of photography advice I have gotten, but my long time friend and amazing photographer Kyler Zeleny actually taught me a lot about analog photography. Kyler really helped me to better understand more sophisticated film cameras than the point and shoot cameras I was using when we met. We would shoot a lot together and I feel he very much motivated me to bring my images to another level.
What is next for you? Are you currently working on any photographic projects that you can tell us about?
I am currently working on something new, but I can’t reveal too much about it at the moment. What I can share is that I want to branch out a bit more to the photo-journalistic side and combine a photographic project with in depth research that would be political in nature.
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