Orlando Photographer Alexia Adana: Interview and Photos

I recently met Alexia Adana at a party hosted by Orlando Weekly, a local press publishing the stories mainstream is afraid to print.  After becoming Facebook friends, I noticed Alexia’s beautiful photography. On November 22 in Miami, she’ll be a featured RAW artist for the 5th Annual RAWards. Last week-end, after my asking her, Alexia granted me an interview.

1. Can you explain your history with photography?

I’ve been artsy fartsy since I was a kid. I used to do a lot of theater, doodling and writing short stories. I thought I wanted to be an actor when I was young. When I was in high school, I was appointed as the Yearbook photographer and my passion was discovered. I realized that I really enjoyed capturing stories behind the camera and I haven’t stopped doing it since.

2. What equipment you use?

I have a Nikon D7000 and a Canon 6D.

3. You once told me photography was your passion. Can you explain that?

Telling stories is my passion and photography gives me a medium to do that. In the past couple of years, I’ve transcended into film and video as well. Our stories are what forge a sense of self identity and cultural symbols for the way that we live. It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to use my imagination and work with talented people in the industry to make these stories come to life.

4. What subjects you mostly photograph?

My subjects always involve people and their stories in the world around them. It sounds vague, but it can go a long way. It could be a photo series for a catalog, an advertising campaign for a company or a short film passion project.

5. Who are your influences?

Cass Bird and Magdalena Wosinska are my top influences. Others: Benoit Pallié. Mike Quyen. Natalie Kucken. Insight 51 Campaigns. And hundreds more!

6. What are your views on the current photography scene?

I think contemporary photography is really fun, because we have so much more technology to work with. However, the style I try to emanate is more reminiscent of early photography when people only shot on film. I love the raw and natural feel to those photos.

7. Living in Central Florida, what are your views on the Orlando art scene?

I think that there’s a lot of potential for artists in Orlando. It’s true that when people think of Orlando, they usually think of Disney and Universal first. It’s hard to find motivation in a city that’s so commercial. That quality of Orlando breeds a sense of apathy in a lot of really talented people here. But I think that should motivate artists more to really push their art here and collaborate with other artists.

8. Robert Millward, the previous photographer I interviewed, mentioned other photographers being assholes. What are you views on other photographers? Any stories you want to share?

There are going to be assholes in every field. Hell, there is going to probably be at least one asshole in a group of twenty random people. I know that the photography industry is a very competitive one. If you come across a photographer that is an asshole, it’s probably due to one of two things. One, he or she is an asshole who just happens to also be a photographer. Two, he or she feels like they are competing with every single other photographer out there, regardless of specific industry, and feels the need to protect their worth. The latter is unnecessary. If you are really talented and conscious person with business savvy, then you will find your success regardless of what another person is doing.

9. Does equipment really matters when it comes to photography?

Yes and no. It depends on what you are shooting and how far you want to go. There are some successful photographers who only shoot on film with no external lighting. There are others who own a studio with thousands of dollars of equipment. But they are probably shooting completely different things.

When someone is starting out as a photographer, it’s important to not feel like you have to buy all the expensive shiny stuff. It’s an industry where you should probably get cheap stuff first, experiment with it and be really comfortable with what you’re doing. Next, if you really feel like you need something with more punch to deliver what you want, THEN go and get it.

 

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