JONATHAN CHERRY: When did you last see the sunrise?
BARARA POCEK: February 2nd this year. After getting back from a great night out in Berlin a friend and I made morning tea and watched the sunrise over the city. It was perfect.
JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the moment?
BP: I find Neja Tomšič’s ability to combine so many different media (drawing, painting, writing) a constant source of inspiration. In terms of other photographers, I admire Katja Kremenič’s work tremendously as well as the photographs of Laura Makabresku which have been haunting me for a long time.
JC: What is your current project all about?
BP: The one I am currently most excited about is a series of diptychs I am putting together with Neja Tomšič, combining my photographs with her interpretation of them in drawings. I am quite interested in what transformations a certain picture will go through when processed through another person’s mind and media, and what the drawings will emphasize differently than the photos. I am also packing up for Bristol next weekend to do a shoot for James Ginzburg’s new music project “Faint Wild Light”. There are quite a few other ones brewing in my head at the moment but are not quite ripe to be vocalised just yet.
JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?
BP: All though not originally from the Slovenian capital, I have spent the last 13 years living in Ljubljana. I think what shapes me more than the place I live are the places that I find myself in between. All the comings and goings and all the varied experiences of traveling layered with the experience of living in Ljubljana affect me to a much greater extent than the actual place of residence.
I have often joked that I have a dormant gipsy gene that makes me get anxious if I spend more than a month without traveling.
JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?
BP: Curiosity is crucial! As long as wondering, asking questions, learning, experiencing new things and pushing your boundaries are central to your existence, the creative force will grow strong within you.
As a friend of mine once put it, you can’t squeeze anything out of an empty bag.
JC: Any big plans for 2013?
BP: I don’t make big plans because they run a high risk of failure. Instead, I make small plans and let them grow. So I have no big plans but about a zillion small ones. I am very curious to see how far they will grow.
JC: Favourite tree?
BP: For a very long time my favorite tree was a walnut tree growing at the back of my parents house. Apart from it being a truly magnificent tree, I spent most of my childhood dangling from its branches so we had quite a special connection.
As is obvious from my photography, I am still in a process of looking for a tree to replace that one but have yet to decide on my next favourite.