Eva MGonzález López
When I looked at your flickr for the very first time, my initial thought was that it reminded me of fashion photography. Is this something that you are interested in?
Yes, the truth is that it has a touch of fashion photography, but I actually like to focus on only one style. And I also like landscapes photography, still life, and I engage in producing self-portraits. I have everything on my radar, and I think I have a lot left to learn: so although I would like to concentrate on one theme, I often tend to include many more in my work.
In your resumé you write that melancholy is an important theme in your work. What does melancholy signify to you personally?
The best pictures I've made portray sad moments in my life. Maybe this sadness helps me to convey more, it enables me to create pictures with a touch of a dreamlike, unreal imagery. I get inspired to use light in different ways. For me, sadness is an ideal assistant.
You concentrate on soft colours and shapes, and therefore enjoy working with film more. Are there further reasons why you prefer analogue photography?
Mainly because it to me is much more magical to not know how it will all turn look on film: if the colours will come out right and if the focus was correct. Also because I can keep the memories on negatives and not on a chip ... for many reasons, I guess. So although I like to use digital cameras, too, it still cannot compare with the outcome of photos taken on film.
Next to the notion of melancholy, I felt that your work often also carries strong romantic imagery. Between girls, would you say that this almost a "girly" or female perspective in photography?
Yes, it’s true that my work has a strong feminine touch. That is also because my life is that way, I am very feminine and I find all that encompasses the world of women very interesting. I like to express the femininity that girls have. Maybe that's also why not many guys appear in my work. I usually have no guys not around me, and I dislike their world.
You write that for you photography is your "window to the world". What do you mean by that?
It's my way of showing the world the way that I am, my way to demonstrate my day-to-day life. For me, everything around me is a huge desert of asphalt, which I am trying to escape. I wish to preserve my innocence in a society that seems to be losing that specific quality. I have this vision of my own city, cast against this vast desert of desolate asphalt. It’s a futile resistance against the loss of innocence for me. It’s about fleeing to dreamy places, into magic. Places where loneliness is my only company, somewhere I can be myself completely.
Do you find the idea of perfection boring?
Of course. I don’t like studying images, for example, and I don´t like to play with artificial light. I think that the magic of photography lies mainly in light settings, which to me of course should consist of natural light. I feel more fulfilled when I work in open spaces and outdoors as opposed to using artificial lights in studios or shooting with flash.
Indeed you often accentuate your pictures through different light settings. How do you proceed more often: with an experimental or with a focussed and determined approach?
It depends. Sometimes I have very clear idea about what I want to see in the picture and prepare everything in advance: the light, and the place, the type of film and the camera. But sometimes result stems out of spontaneity or chance, and I get a magical light in pictures without having prepared anything beforehand.
Finally, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Oh, I don’t know. I would love engage in photography, but in a society where anyone can have a camera and take pictures, that is quite complicated. I am content to know people like my work even if I have to work in another profession in order to eat. I sure will not stop taking pictures ever, because it is something that I love.
Escapism and romanticism. Take a look at her work!