Interview with Photographer Andrija Kasom
My Discovery of Fortresses & My First Photoshoot
Model: Hermes Palomino @hermespalomino
Photographer: Andrija Kasom @andrija_photography_mne
His decades of working as a photographer went without intrusive promotion. His best promoters are photos themselves. Resembling the shadows that he so magically “plays” with, Andrija Kasom creates prodigious “optical illusions”.
Andrija, by profession a mechanical engineer and passionate photographer, is said to be a guy from Cetinje with special, witty charm. He is of opinion that love and photography are possible to happen all over and at all times. Photos with clear reflection of silence, when all things stand still, and whole space is under strong power of quietude , when water, craft, man, mountain and sky rest, are special inspiration to him.
Andrija started with art photography in 2000. It all started two decades ago when his father gave him “Kiev” camera as a gift, which he keeps today as dearest memory. Passion he felt that day “pushed” him into art world. Starting as an amateur, making photos “for himself”, a “fateful” acquaintance will change course of interest in his life. Mirko Toljić, professor at Academy of fine arts in Trebinje /Bosnia and Herzegovina/, recognized an artist in him, and gave him advice and encouragement for future work. Artistic talent and constantly inquisitive and explorative spirit did the rest.
( Biography written by: Sanja Golubovic – Editor-in-Chief of Caffe Montenegro)
How long have you been working in the photography?
-I have been doing photography more then 20 years. I entered the world of photography when I received a Kiev camera as a gift from my father, from a trip to Russia. Today it is my favorite souvenir. I owe my going public, as well as everything I am in the world of photography today, to Mirko Toljic, a professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Trebinje (Bosnia and Herzegovina). In half an hour I got a short course on photography that I still remember today, every piece of advice and suggestions. After that I continued to learn from books and always followed my own path.
When did you realise that photography is what you will do in your life? How did it all start?
-My father was to blame for this love of photography. He bought me a camera >Kiev< that I keep today as my favorite souvenir. That's how my amateur work began. I learned about photography on my own using art photography books. I Sent my photos to an >International photo competition< and to my great surprise, I won the award. In those moments, I understood the words of my friends that photography makes sense when others see it! That's when I became aware that my photos were worth it.
What equipment do you prefer to use?
-The first camera I bought was a Canon and I stayed true to that brand of camera. Today I use a Canon EOS 7D. My equipment is very modest. I never had a lot of money to invest in buying expensive equipment. I have never suffered because any equipment can satisfy if you have talent and a good "third eye"! My expertise in this field is evidenced by 11 International awards, four solo exhibitions and participation in hundreds of International exhibitions in Europe, USA, Canada, Iran
What were the challenges that you most commonly faced and how did you deal with them?
-Everything that photographs and that attracts my attention goes easily. The most important thing is that what you do is with love, not for material gain. Photographing people takes the most energy. There are incredible anecdotes going on here, so I can write a book. One of them is working with an established, conceited model who constantly asked during the photo shoot: "Where I will go with my hand"? Annoyed by her behavior, I replied: "Take a knife and cut it off"! Today, though, I laugh at all those anecdotes when I remember.
What do you enjoy the most about being a photographer?
-My work began with photographs of sunset, clouds, old house, mills... At that time I worked more on impressions than with the desire to give some ideological background. Then I inserted a naked body and I got a fusion of eroticism and nature. I enjoyed the work of these photos, although I lost a lot of energy due to the high goals, but their succes forced me to work harder and harder. Montenegro is conservative environment, so I am limited in my work with erotic
photography, it is difficult to find models that agree to that work. That's why I turned to art photography, which I enjoy.
What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow!
-It may sounds weird but I don't use photo processing tools. For me, photography is a stopped moment and I want to show it like that. I am not a supporter of a using photoshop because it make people unreal, even though it is a trend today. I don't even understand people who agree to that, then it's really another person and what is it for?!
Whose work has influenced you most and why?
- I have no idols! I think we are all special and leave a mark in our own way.
If you were to give advice to a beginner about how to become a photographer, what would you say? What would you not say?
I`m looking forward to more and more people doing photography! However, it must be clear that being a good photographer is not an expensive camera. Like any craft, this job requires a lot of work and there is always something new to learn. Talent is important, but also the "third eye" that I mentioned, to see what others do not see! If you don't have it, even the most modern technique can't help you. I see the many beginner do not accept criticism or suggestion, they are even vain. They think that by buying the most modern equipment they have solved the problems and they think they have their own style. Of course, everyone needs to build own style, but the basic of technical elements must be taken into account.
Thanks for being a part of intra!