#featurefriday Interview With the NZ Photographer Team!



To celebrate the launch of our digital magazine, we interviewed our dedicated team members. Without these passionate individuals, the NZ Photographer community wouldn't be what it is today: loving, welcoming, and infinitely motivating.

Please enjoy these diverse answers!


Ana Lyubich

What are your main interests and how did you come to love them? Photography - I started taking photos with the very first Kodak camera at the age of 10 and can't stop since then! Art - I love beautiful classic paintings, especially Renaissance and Impressionism. Don't know where it started though! During my studies I found that the most interesting for me is everything related to the ancient Greece and Egypt - those places keep so many secrets and everything mysterious attracts me like a magnet.

What inspires you?

Music. People ask me sometimes what kind of music I like? But for me it doesn't really matter - everything from pop to rock to instrumental. It just needs to match my mood! Movies. Sometimes when I feel low, a good movie is what I need. When I watch other people's lives, challenges, emotions and sometimes struggles, danger and so on I feel my worries are so ridiculously small and that motivates me to aim higher and set even bigger goals.

What do you do when you bump into a creative obstacle?

Drink coffee :) It jump-starts my creative flow :) Also I try to just get distracted - I'll walk around, do something else completely unrelated or watch a movie and then the creativity will just come back.

Imagine you find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do? I would split it in three parts - one will go to charity that helps fight cancer. The second part - I'll give to my family members - if money can make them happier then my mission is accomplished. Third part I would use to travel around the world!

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc which one would you claim? I remember how one day we went with my mum to an art gallery when I was a child and there were all those old paintings (originals) and when I looked at them really closely I couldn't (and still can't) understand the technique - how the artists did it 400 years ago - it just looks like a photo, absolutely perfect. That impression still lasts and I'd love to be able one day to create something as amazing as those paintings.


Emily Goodwin

What are your main interests and how did you come to love them?

I've always been creative. It was through the greetings cards which I made and then sold online that I discovered photography - I needed good product shots, taught myself, and that, as they say, was that! Today my main passion is travel, again it fits hand-in-hand with photography!

What inspires you?

Nature, getting outdoors and finding beauty in the little things. Also travel, that gets my blood pumping and a surge of new ideas flowing!

What do you do when you bump into a creative obstacle?

Don't panic! Don't try to force it, creativity and inspiration will return in their own time.

Imagine you find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?

Pay off the mortgage and travel the world!

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc which one would you claim?

I'm no good with these types of questions! I'll have to pass on this one!!


Rajib Mukherjee

What are your main interests and how did you come to love them? Travelling is my main interest. Unlike the traditional Indian belief of a second life, I believe in one and I don’t want to leave this world with regrets. I wanted to travel ever since I was a child. So, I quit my last 9 to 5 job in 2010 and became part of a growing phenomenon – Freelancing. Photography is my other love and it goes hand in glove with my passion for travel. I was introduced to photography at a very young age. I wielded a medium format film viewfinder camera before I even had a chance to migrate to a pen from a pencil. I immediately fell in love with it. That day and today, I never had a reason to regret. What inspires you? The world around me, works of other photographers and great music. What do you do when you bump into a creative obstacle? I look for DIY solutions and approach the problem in a pragmatic way. Most times than not I end up solving it myself. Imagine you find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do? Give up half the money to charity. Invest the rest. Travel the world and make images. If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc which one would you claim? As a photographer 'stealing' is something that I am strongly against. Be it taking credit for something or stealing ideas. But I always like to inspire myself with the works of photography greats. I am a huge fan of Ansel Adams, and one of his images, Moonrise, Hernandez is very dear to me. I would love to shoot something like this one day.


Nemanja Milicevic

What are your main interests and how did you come to love them? My 2 main interests are singing and cooking. I started singing in high school choir and since then it has been my chief preoccupation, profession, and passion. Alongside singing, cooking came as both a necessity and a curiosity. Years of freelancing around Europe will do miracles for your skills in the kitchen! What can I say? I am a devoted food lover. :)

What inspires you? My friends and family, essentially. :)

What do you do when you bump into a creative obstacle? I found out that a 5 minutes break works the best for me. Walking around and clearing my mind, and then returning to the problem is my natural way of solving difficulties.

Imagine you find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do? Help my family and friends would be the first thing I would do. After that, traveling around the world sounds like the right thing to do. :)

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc which one would you claim? Since I am a professional musician it is incomprehensible for me to think like that. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't know how to behave if I would end up in such a situation. :)


Maksim Topyrkin

What are your main interests and how did you come to love them? I love traveling. Mountains, rock'n'roll and living in a tent somewhere on the edge of the world are the best that can be in this world.

What inspires you?

Sleeping and my cat, but my cat is more inspiring.

What do you do when you bump into a creative obstacle?

I wait. Good ideas come unexpectedly.

Imagine you find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?

Travel the whole world.

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc which one would you claim?

Heeey.. I can steal only emotions.


Taya Iv

What are your main interests and how did you come to love them?

Though I admire many forms of art, there's a special place in my heart for photography. I started taking photos at the age of 12, so I consider it one of my most precious interests. Other than that, I adore reading, playing the guitar, learning fascinating things, and running!

What inspires you?

Diversity, my fiancé's work, and the knowledge that everything has creative potential.

What do you do when you bump into a creative obstacle?

If I'm out of ideas during a photoshoot, I usually move to another location. If I'm just feeling down in general, I take a few steps back from my own work and admire someone else's. Doing something completely unrelated to a task helps immensely, too.

Imagine you find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?

Support my family and others, buy a house, and host an art contest with valuable prizes. Oh, and buy books. Lots and lots of books. :)

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc which one would you claim? One of my favourite books is The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. The writing is both gentle and groundbreaking. I'd definitely love to be the author of that. In the visual arts, I'd gladly be in charge of the lighting/cinematography in a TV show called Riverdale.

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