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Biljana Michel (Jakšić)
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When the demons start to go out, Between 2017


#inthetrain #cocomichko #demons #street #candid #huawei
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Interview of a Street Photographer – Biljana Michel

Each week we feature one of our members from the Street Photographers Community, ask 10 questions, share their images and their insights.

This week we have the great pleasure to interview +Biljana Michel from Lyon.

You can check out more of her wonderful work in our Street Photographers Community, on her profile:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BiljanaJak%C5%A1i%C4%87Michel
on her website:
https://cocomichko.com
on instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/cocomichko/

interview by +Birka Wiedmaier


1. Please tell us a little about yourself.. How did you get interested in street photography and how long have you been shooting this genre?

My name is Biljana Michel. I was born in Yugoslavia, grew up in Serbia and I currently live in France (Lyon).
While I was searching for tips and tutorials about photography, I stumbled upon one of Valérie Jardin’s articles published on digital-photography-school.com. It was about Start To See Photographically In Six Easy Steps. I liked how simple and straightforward it was. I searched more about Valérie, I started to listen to her broadcast (I even won one challenge), I joined her Google + group and I was 100% hooked into street photography.

2. Do you have a camera or lens of choice?

My first camera was a Canon 100D, but I wanted something lighter. Ricoh GR II was my choice (35mm Equivalent) and I do not regret it at all. Small, light, simple, always with me.
My secondary camera is my phone (#inthetrain collection).
I also have few film cameras that I love to use during my trips or for special occasions.

3. How often do you shoot at Street?

My camera is always in my purse. I try to go at least once per week to shoot. I would love to do more organized photo walks, with people that "speak" the same language.

4. Do you shoot any other genres?

I like lifestyle photography; I find it very similar to street photography. Once I even covered a wedding, it can be very similar to the street photography, but harder ;)
I do some projects with everyday objects, trying to give them special meaning.

5. Are there any photographers who have inspired you?

I am a big fan of Raymond Depardon (https://goo.gl/j1ekmB) and Robert Capa’s work. A lot of other photographers inspire me: Bruno Barbey (https://goo.gl/qCRd2), Josef Koudelka (https://goo.gl/jdUv7p), Igor Čoko(https://igorcoko.net/), Levi Shand (http://levishand.com/), Eric Kim (https://erickimphotography.com/)... I am also a huge fan (and he knows it) of our member Andresy Cesar...
I find that some movies and TV shows can be major inspiration sources too.

6. When you process your images, do you have a preferred editing system?

I use Adobe Lightroom and Lightroom mobile

7. Is there any advice you would give to beginner Street Photographers?

1. Learn the basics and always go back to the basics.
2. Believe in yourself and your work.
3. Stop comparing yourself to the other photographers.
4. Know everything about your camera.
5. Don't believe all the things that you see and read on social medias.
6. Learn to see the light.
7. Shoot a lot.

8. Are you formally trained or self-taught?

Self-taught

9. Why do you shoot Street?

I love to watch the people and their behavior. When you go to the streets, you never know what is waiting for you.

10. Three words that best describes your style...



To be defined. (astute, emotional, authentic)
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