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Interview | Dario Belić

Contributed by: Rusmir Arnautovic
Date: Tuesday 14, April 2009
Interview | Dario Belić

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We asked. He answered. Read an interview with Dario Belić. Photographer from Croatia.

01. First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where did you go to school?
My name is Dario Belić also known as monkey, Im twenty year old student of Faculty of Graphic Arts in Zagreb. Currently living in Velika Gorica where I finished highschool of Economics.

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Jelena in wonderland

02. How did you get into photography?
I was always intrested in all kind of art. I also do photomanipulations, web & graphic design and illustrations but photography has special place for me. I started taking photos in primary school, I needed some kind of hobby. So I liked it alot, started posting photos on  internet, and people liked it that was a big boost for me. Big turning point for me was my first solo exhibition in my highschool when I sold my exhibition to Tourist board of Velika Gorica and bought camera that I use today. I started to experiment alot, and read alot. And here I am today still experimenting alot, learning, taking photos and having fun.

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Lost 19

03. How do you choose your locations? Do you happen upon them by chance or do you do any exploring?
Hmmm locations that is hard I think one of the hardest things in process. When I get the idea for the shot I also get the vision of location where I would put the model, but finding the right spot is often very difficult task, always trying to be original makes it more difficult. So finding the right place is a process that takes time and exploring and going where no man has gone before... :) I like directed photography so I like everything to be planed, but sometimes you find the right location spontaneously.

04. Your selection of models, styling and scenery is impeccable. Are these shots primarily for fashion clients or are they purely artistic?
Photos for clients I usually dont publish, this what you can see on internet are for my pleasure and purely artistic works.

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Petra

05.Do you shoot with primarily digital or film? What kind of gear do you use? Explain your process.
I primarly shoot digital with Canon EOS 350D and lens 17-40 f4 L, 70-200 f4 L and 50mm f1.8 and Canon Speedlight 430EX flash.

Im often inspired by music or movies or things that happen around me for my shots. So I get some kind of vision that I then try to put into photo. Sometimes I sketch light setup, location, model position, model description and stuff that is needed for my shot and then I try to get all these things together.  I always shoot in RAW so that I have most possible quality of photo without compression and any automatic adjustments. Than I do postprocessing in Photoshop contrast, color warmth... all this little things that make good photo become even better.

06. How much of your photography is story-telling? I feel like there's a story begging to be told behind every photo.
Story telling is a main goal of mine photos. In early works it was not so important because it was technical practice and learning. Today I try to make people think when they look at my works. My personal opinion is that every person has different view of every photography so it is not to me to tell them what it is about, that I leave to them... that's what makes it fun.

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Lost 17

07. Where do you see your photography and art going in the next couple of years? What are some of your artistic hopes?
I hope forward. ;)  My artistic hope is to create unique style that people will recognize when they see my works. I think that is very important specially in our days when everybody has a digital camera and everyone is a “photographer”.

Dario thank you very much for answering our questions
So if you want to visit Dario and his works  you should do that now

Visit  http://www.nosise.com
http://monkey07.deviantart.com


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