My name is Sonja. I’m 25 years old and living in Gothenburg in Sweden. I bought my first camera 3,5 years ago and then I was stucked.
I had not enought time to work all day long and then have photography as a hobby. It took way too much time so autumn 2010 I made the big decision to move to Denmark and study photography at Medieskolerne, Media College. Photoshop became my best friend and I found out that it wasn’t “normal” photography I wanted to work with. I wanted to engineering my dreams and my crazy fantasy by using Photoshop as my most important tool. I spent a lot of time in school and after school I spent all my time in Photoshop, so I felt that I developed really fast and it just became even more fun to be a photographer.
When I’m not working with my personal stuff I spend my days as a photographer assistant in advertising agency to get all the experience I need to start working for myself. The assistant period is a part of my education (I will have three years practice in total) and I will finish school in february 2015. Until then my goal is to make a really good portfolio and make as many people as possible see my work and of course learn as much as possible by assisting other photographer. [Official Website]
I often got my inspiration from my dreams, music, second hand stores, people or from other photographers/painters. Frequently I have the idea in my head for a while and developing it during some weeks or sometimes even month. I always write my ideas down to not forget them. When I start with the process to make a picture I use to have a quite clear picture in my head of what I want the finished picture to look like. I start by photograph all the things i need for my picture (or sometimes I find it in my own picture library where I put pictures I think I may will use in the future). When I photograph it it’s really important to think of the light and angle so it will look realistic when I’m later put it together in Photoshop. I really love the time in Photoshop and I always use a lot of textures in my picture to get a feeling. It can for example be metal, light, scratches or canvas textures. I think it’s really hard to say that my picture is finished because I always find things that I want to change or do better. I’ve have found a way to be satisfied with my result by working some hours with the picture, then take a pause from it and continue the day after. After some days it’s easier for me to be satisfied because I’ve seen the picture with “new” eyes a couple of times.
I think I have found my own style and my dream right now is to have a exhibition somewhere this year. In the future I will work together with someone or close some sort of team because I’m a really social person. I also think I want to work through an agency because I just want to be creative without thinking of money or other things that just kills my creativity completely.