April 30th, 2020
Photographer Suzana Duljic uses her skills to create stunning imagery of isolation, longing and despair. Her work balances themes extremely well. A subtle use of humour with the sadness of the whole image. The use of lights and darks and colours and shades. The work catches your eye and pulls you in for a closer look. Her use of surrealism makes it all the more impactful yet subtle. It can’t be real but maybe it is.
Where are you from?
I come from Bosnia, from little town called Gradiska on the border of Bosnia and Croatia.
How did you get started on your journey with Photography?
I always had interest in photography and as a little girl I had a few analog cameras.
What inspires your work?
My inspiration is usually people, their stories, and stories that come from my own experience.
Who are some of your biggest influencers?
When it comes to influencers,photographers that I admire and aspire to be like them in future are Cvatik, Maja Topcagic, Jovana Rikalo etc.
What do you shoot with? Why that particular brand?
I shoot with Canon 80d, I have few different lenses, but mostly I use 24-100mm. I started with Canon few years ago and now I just cannot change the brand. 😁
How would you describe the style of your work?
My style of work is Concept Photography, portraits of unique people with a message.
What do you want people to experience when they see your work?
I want from people to find a connection with my work. When they see a photo to find themselves in it, to find a feeling in it.
What is your favourite mythological creature and why?
My favourite mythological creature is Lillith. I just love a story of a first woman who found heaven and Adam boring, so she decided to go to Hell 😁
Your work is very imaginative and surreal why is that?
Through life I loved writing surreal stories and novels, and few years ago I decided to transfer them to photos.
What does your photography say about you?
Hm, I don't know what to say. Maybe people think I'm dark and weird. Maybe it is true. 😁
Do you edit your own work? How long does it take to edit the average image?
Yes, I edit in Lightroom and Photoshop. On average it takes me 15 to 30 minutes to edit a photo, but sometimes when I "play" in Photoshop I can spend for hours editing. 😁
How important is it to capture the perfect shot? Or have editing techniques made that perfect shot obsolete?
Its most important for me to have right light so I usually take photos early in the morning (like 5 am), editing is for me just finishing touch sort of saying.
Why do you think surreal photography is so popular right now?
Its obvious why, people are nowadays busy, busy from work, obligations life in general. So its nice to sometimes have an escape from reality.
What’s the most memorable shoot you’ve done? What made it so memorable?
For me it's taking photos of my special model who had an accident as a baby. She’s really special and beautiful. (Photo of her included).
Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
Hm, I prefer ćevapi 😂 just kidding I love all sweets. 😁