JC: What got you started with photography?
KATJA KREMENIC: Photography just happened to me. Like a fluke. Some five or six years ago I took a history of documentary photography course at my school. After the lecture we would usually stay for an hour or two more and watch some quite impressive films on photography. At the end of semester it suddenly all made sense. I stopped using my digital camera which was a great decision because often it made me so restless. A transfer to analog made me start from scratch and see things in a totally new light.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the mo?
KK: There are so many people whose work is excellent and inspiring. Hasisi Park and Charlie Engman are the first two that pop up in my mind. Anyway, I feel that inspiration comes not only from the photography of others but from many things. Somehow I like to collect all of it and transfer it to a certain feeling that hopefully shows in my own work.
JC: Whats your current project all about?
KK: There are a few of them and quite small actually but they make me excited. I’m trying not to think much at the moment, to work on my own ideas and ocasionally collaborating with likeminded creative people. Editing part is what still gives me hard time sometimes. So for now is more like capturing everything that seems right at the moment.
JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?
KK: At the moment I’m based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is enjoyable place to live in and it shaped me in many ways. My friends are here, so I love this town a lot. Because of a lack of audience for this type of work I mostly don’t pay much attention to how my work is perceived around here which might be bad but I think it is still a good thing for me.
JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?
KK: Work on your own terms & always enjoy it.
JC: Any big plans for 2012?
KK: I guess I’ll try to define my photography and start to put photos into a bigger context.
Keep working, evolving, learning, and organizing my portofolio. At the end of the year I’m looking forward to make a move and change a scenary for a while which already gives me thrills. I think the best thing about photography is that allows you to enter almost any world you want. That is absolutely my biggest plan for near future, to use photography to explore as many new places and subjects as possible.
JC: Favourite tree?
KK: Mediterranean pine trees. Love the smell of pitch. Reminds me of summer.