Isadora Filković is a Brazilian nomad currently living in Melbourne, Australia. As a photographer, she feels naturally drawn to nature, sunlight, playfulness and beautiful colours. 'Photography is based on the idea of capturing light from the environment and I like experimenting with that concept in my work. To photograph is to fill a blank space with light, darkness and all the shades of grey or colour in between; the rest is an exercise for the imagination. It is to turn the ephemeral into eternity and to simply fathom that is already extraordinary. ' (Words by Isadora)
What got you into photography? My dad is the one to blame. When I was still too young to do anything with myself, I would play around with his old 35mm Yashica (or Olympus - can't remember), photographing everything and everyone in sight. That included my grandma and my sister, myself, our turtles, my bedroom and even the Barbie dolls we had. I still have all the negatives and they are hilarious.
Which of your own photographs is your favourite? I'm afraid I can't answer that. Each of them contain their own beauty and little dilemmas.
Who are your favourite photographers? I am more of an old school fan, so Alfred Stieglitz, Eugène Atget, Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier Bresson will always be my idols. They worked within the walls of sublimity.
What are your ambitions with regards to your photography? As most photographers, I wish to one day live through my photography. That could be as simple as having my own shop or as dreamy as being invited to photograph for art, fashion and cultural magazines etc., while traveling to far places, revealing secret landscapes and unique genealogies through images that speak for themselves.
Who is your favourite author? I am currently working on a thesis for my Masters in Creative Writing, so literature is a great part of my life. I must say Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, for he wrote my favourite book of all time. I also wish to be a character in one of Henry James' or Albert Camus' novels, or a city in Ítalo Calvino's book 'Invisible Cities'. And when it comes to poetry, Robert Burns' poems are the most beautiful collection of verses one can read.
Who or what would you most like to photograph? Magical landscapes surrounded by strangeness. Natural sets such as forrests, meadows and their inhabitants, beaches and their sandy cliffs, mountains and caves. One of my childhood dreams was to explore Scotland. I can't think of a place more full of wonderment than the Highlands.
What were you like as a child? I was a secretive gazelle who would spend hours writing on her journal, dreaming of having a pet, singing high pitch trying to break mom's crystal glasses and daydreaming of fantastic possibilities.
What, or who inspires you? Every single particle of dust can turn into inspiration. There's a fine line between what is inside and outside any creature and I believe what I create comes from a dough made of imagination, memory and insanity.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A ballerina. An astronaut. A singer. An anthropologist. A philosopher. A filmmaker. A writer. A dot. A tree. And of course, a photographer. I still want to be all these things.
What music do you listen to? The girls: Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Aimee Mann, Emiliana Torrini, Regina Spektor, Camille, Céu, Hanne Hukkelberg, Ane Brun, Alela Diane, Rachael Yamagata, Martha Wainwright, Bjork, Cat Power, Patti Smith, Feist and Janis Joplin. The boys: Tom Jobim, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Alexi Murdoch, Ray LaMontagne, Bon Iver, Aqualung, Iron & Wine, William Fitzsimmons, Jason Lytle, Andrew Bird, Devendra Banhart and José Teles de Menezes - he is incredibly talented! The bands: Moriarty, Belle and Sebastian, Beirut, Those Dancing Days, Grizzly Bear, Los Hermanos, Sigur Rós and She & Him. The classics: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Sonic Youth and Nirvana.The Jazz crowd: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.
Where did you grow up? I spent most of my childhood where I was born, in São Paulo - Brazil. An immense post-modern city inhabited by the most peculiar characters. There is not one thing you can't do, eat, drink, hear or see there, it is a city rich with beauty and the absurd.
What cameras do you use? I mainly use a Fuji FinePix S2000HD, which has been quite reliable. But soon I will spend some time back home and resuscitate my Nikon FM2. It's the most perfect camera one could dream of.
Isadora's Blog: http://fantastiquememoiresfromtheouterspace.blogspot.com/
Isadora's Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/isadorasphotobooth/