Interview: Tijana Lubura, photographer
Tijana is an architect by education and an art photographer by profession. She was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1984. She used to live in Qatar, Russia and Montenegro before she settled in Belgrade, Serbia. She founded photographic group “Grupa 32” (“Group 32”) 2010. in Belgrade and organised several exhibitions of art photography under the name “Čuvari trenutaka” (“Guardians of the moments”). She participated in over the 80 solo and group exhibitions and has over six thousand photographs in the Stock agency. Tijana is preparing solo exhibition for November 2020. and is engaged on several projects for future exhibitions. She is inspired by reflection, conceptual and portrait photography. She enjoys passing and sharing experience and knowledge on beginners in photography. She is always happy to answer any questions to her social networks followers.
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- Hi Tijana, how long have you been working as a photographer now?
Hi Jernej, thanks for the interview invitation. I have been involved in photography since I was a teenager. I had my first exhibition 2009 and I am actively engaged in commercial photography since 2012.
- What inspired you to become a photographer? What were your first steps?
At the age of 15 I’ve earned my first 100 euros with wich I’ve bought my first analogue camera. That was twenty years ago. I took pictures of everything that surrounded me, and since then, the camera is always with me.
That was love at first sight or click.
- Are you a professional or an amateur photographer?
For years I have been balancing between architecture which is my vocation and photography that has been my hobby. However, I made the decision and decided that photography is going to be my only job, and I am 100% committed to it. My answer would be, professional photographer.
- What is your favorite subject to photograph?
For a long time, I searched myself through different themes in photography. In the end, I have realized that I was mostly inspired by the street, conceptual, portrait photography, and my favorite is reflection.
- What kit do you shoot with?
For a very long time, I have been using Canon. Depending on the project, I use fixed and zoom lenses, with additional equipment.
- How would you define your photographic style?
I would define my photographic style as one with story and soul.
- Which editing software do you usually use?
I usually use Adobe Photoshop and Snapseed for fast edit on the mobile phone.
- John Wanamaker said: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I do not know which half. Do you gain your clients by advertising or in another way?
The best marketing is a satisfied customer who shares the experience to their nearest surrounding. I think today is online marketing very important. I think the photographer is best represented by his work.
- How does your typical working day look like? What do you do when you are not working? How many hours/days per week are you working? What do you do in your free time?
First of all I like the field job and second the office job. Not a single day is the same at work and I love it because of it. I adjust my work to myself and my family. I love freelance projects because I am in a position to organise time myself. If you could ask my family how many hours I spent on photography, they would probably say 24/7. Photography is my life.
When I’m no physically involved, my thoughts are occupied by the photography, always searching for the inspiration, new ideas, expanding knowledge…photography is air to me. I spend my spare time with my family and friends, in our own home or outside in nature.
- What would you do differently if you would start again?
I think that any changes in the past would reflect in changes of the present. I love my life a lot and every part of it is of the same importance to me. I wouldn’t change a thing.
- A professional photographer is also an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have many things in common. They read a lot. What about you? What are your favorite books?
Education is important for everyone. I like to read spiritual literature, novels, books about photography, marketing, psychology, about parenting…It depends on what life period I am in.
These are my three favorite books:
- The Proloque of Ohrid –St. Nikolai Velimirović
- The Story of Art –Ernst Gombrich
- Who Moved My Cheese –Spencer Johnson
- What was the best advice you have ever received as a photographer? Do you have any advice for other photographers?
The best advice I got is that the artist is looking for his best work for the rest of his life. The advice for every colleague is to constantly work, do a lot of research, and enjoy in every working process. Work has created a man, and itself is an of essence importance for the body and soul. It is of most importance that a person can do what really loves to do, and would do it even for free. If that work turn out to be profitable than it is complete success.
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- Your last vacation?
Autumn 2019, mountain Divčibare (Serbia).