I had the great pleasure of chatting with fine-art, fashion photographer, Natalie Dybisz aka Miss Aniela via Skype from across the pond. I first discovered Natalie’s work about a year and a half ago thru her Flickr stream which is filled with amazingly intricate self-portraiture with a twist in addition to her newer fashion experience work. Her imagery takes on an other-worldly look and feel that beside the obvious beauty, leaves a lot to the imagination.
Natalie’s developed her signature style thru Miss Aniela. Her work features beautiful and elaborate visual landscapes involving the human form in what looks to be a theatrical backdrop. Her images blend the real with the surreal, and at times the fluidity of the two are seamless. One really needs to do a double take to fully immerse themselves in her images. There is also a painterly feel to the images – a softness and subtlety that can only be achieved by someone who carefully attends to their craft in the post process.
Please enjoy this fascinating conversation with Natalie where she candidly discusses her process both in conceptualizing and creating her photography. We discuss photography as a business, the importance of social media, balancing personal work and commercial work, the importance of what gear you use and a whole lot more.
This interview and discussion is for anyone looking for inspiration – whether it be commercial photography, fine-art photography, or hobbyists. Natalie aka Miss Aniela, is someone to watch. She defies convention and is carving her own path. This is never the easy route, however nothing great has ever come easily to anyone.
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