Documentary photography is a style that clearly comes very naturally to emerging photographer Barbara Jovanovic – as you will see in the cityscapes and portraits that we are featuring in this article…
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first got started in photography.
My first experience with a camera was when I was around eight years old using a simple pocket-sized digital camera. Since then, taking photos has always been my number one interest. I used to take my camera with me everywhere but it wasn’t until I was in high school that I was introduced to the idea of photography being more than just a hobby. Ever since I invested in a dSLR camera six years ago, I’ve been able to fulfill this compulsion to photograph everything around me. Studying in the Academy of Arts exposed me to a number of new experiences, and that is how I discovered analogue photography; I was immediately captivated by it and quickly discovered that it is the best way for me to express myself visually.
I wouldn’t say I have a specific style, I think I need to gain a lot more experience in order to define my personal style.
How would you define your style? What do you want your images to say to the viewer?
I wouldn’t say I have a specific style, I think I need to gain a lot more experience in order to define my personal style. For now, I know what I prefer visually and I try to incorporate it in my work the best way I can. I am mostly interested in documentary photography, so I always try to make my photos as close to real life as possible. People I shoot are in most cases people I know well, which allows me to get a sense of who they are as an individual and represent that in my photos. That is what I want my photographs to portray: to make the viewer feel like they are looking at a real, complex individual without their unique personality being stripped away from them in order to produce a visually pleasing image.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Mostly from people around me. Whether it’s the way they look, dress, act, their personality or what they do in life; I find it all utterly fascinating. I study New Media art and I work in a lot of different mediums such as video art, installations, performance and digital art, so I draw inspiration for photography from all of them. Movies are a big source of inspiration too; amazing cinematographers such as John Alcott, Emmanuel Lubezki and Robert Yeoman have influenced my work greatly.
I want assignments that will expose me to new things and I think traveling is the best way to do that.
What would be your dream photographic assignment?
To travel to a distant country and explore it for months, producing a series of photos that will represent their people, culture and everyday life. I want assignments that will expose me to new things and I think traveling is the best way to do that.
What is next for you; are you currently working on any new projects that you can tell us about?
Besides finishing my mandatory university assignments and constantly trying to improve my skills in film photography, there is a number of exhibitions that I’m working on over the next few months. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @pustimenecu, I will update it with new projects in the upcoming months.
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All images copyright Barbara Jovanovic.