Irene Becker was born and raised in former Yugoslavia and now she lives in Hungary. Her first passion was music, which she studied at the Novi-Sad Music Academy. Now Irene is a photographer and we are glad that we had a chance to take an interview with Irene Becker. We wish you a pleasant reading and viewing of Irene Becker photography.
AP: Hello Irene, thank you finding the time to give us an interview. That’s a great honor for us. So let’s begin. Could you please tell me what got you started?
Irene: I’ve always loved photography and being behind the lens. I began to take pictures intensively 4 years ago, about the time when I bought my first DSRL. Now, I feel that photography is the ideal way of self-expression for me.
AP: That’s wonderful that you found the way of self-expression! Do you have any formal education in photography or were you self-taught?
Irene: I do not have any formal education in photography. I attended a couple of classes, which were taught by really inspiring teachers.
AP: Teachers are very important persons when we learn something new. By the way, what genre are your photos?
Irene: I am mainly interested in people and nature.
AP: How would you describe your works? Can they be characterized as unique or unusual?
Irene: Prior to my trips, I study all the information I can find about the place I am visiting. I look through various sources such as web sites, travel guides and other books looking for information on the people, the culture, what kind of events I may be expecting to witness etc. I always set a goal for myself. I determine what it is that I want to achieve there and what is my task ahead of time.
AP: We’ve noticed you took many pictures of African people and nature. Why did you choose Africa?
Irene: Approximately 10 years ago, I had the rare opportunity of spending time in West Africa, Nigeria. I was fascinated by everything I saw there. The experience set me on a very different path. I chose photography as the best, most effective means of conveying my experiences.
AP: That’s amazing you’re inspired by African culture. What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to take your pictures?
Irene: I try to keep my bag as light as possible. When I am doing portraits of a culture I bring Canon 7D and Canon 5D Mark II with a couple of lenses: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (which is a great all-around lens), Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM and Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM. I don’t often work with a flash but I recently bought some lighting gear: two Canon 580 EXII, Pocket Wizard Mini TT1/Flex TT5, AC3 Zone Controller and various gels.
It’s also very important for me, that I take many kinds of symbolic gifts in order to thank the people who help me throughout my travels.
AP: Irene, could you please share your success formula in your photography?
Irene: I cannot say that I have a formula for success. From what I have learned, I will say that in many ways success in photography is no different than any other activity in a competitive field – you need a certain amount of natural talent, but planning and hard work will get you to where you ultimately want to be.
AP: Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am sure your readers will find them useful. Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Irene: Yes, my family and several close friends.
AP: Could you give any piece of advice for those who try to discover their talent and cultivate it?
Irene: My advice is to follow your passion and your instincts. Seek out photographers you admire and get advice from professionals.
AP: Would you like to wish something to AstrumPeople?
Irene: I hope you will keep developing successfully, with plenty of fresh, interesting and new content. Thank you for the interview, I am honored to have been asked.
It’s a great pleasure for us too! Irene, thank you very much again for spending your time with us and sharing such interesting story about photography. I am sure your readers will find it inspiring and useful. We would like to wish you great ideas, amazing success and continued inspiration in your future activity.
If you are still looking your ideal way of how to express yourself, just try to look around and find something you really like. As you see Irene could find her ideal way of self-expression and she is a very happy with it. To learn more about Irene Becker photography feel free to visit her personal webpage. If you have any thoughts to share, feel free to write them in the comments box.