name: Anna Lucylle
year of birth: 1979
Q1: When did you start making art?
I started taking photographs approximately 15 years ago, concentrating at first on location/objects and then focusing on portraiture.
Q2: What does inspire you?
A lot of my inspiration comes from work (I am an art director so I come in contact with creative people daily) but also from pop culture and literature: I am a huge movie buff and an avid reader so a lot of times I take a more narrative approach.
I love photographers (like Recuencom, Walker or Olaf), that try to push boundaries of the medium by using a strong storytelling element in each of their photographs.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I usually decide on a concept beforehand and create a moodboard for the whole team in order to break the variables down as much as possible (and have everyone on the same page as me!). I also factor in the post processing before the actual shoot so that I already have a pretty specific idea of how to light and what type of crops/poses I need.
I shoot mainly strobe as it enables me to incorporate a sense of movement in the image: my subjects usually end up exhausted for the workout they get while on set and I have “minions” that are tasked with moving dresses, shaking trees or throwing fake snow.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I love to portray women that are unconventionally beautiful (for the styling or for the type of beauty they possess) but are also seen as emotional and strong willed beings. My aim is not to objectify or reduce the whole photo to just a pretty face and a fancy styling: I have always strived to have an element of storytelling in my portraits, something that can catch the viewer’s attention and create a connection between him and the subject of the photograph.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
My main colour palette is fairly dark, because a lot of my images deal with either the intimacy of the subject or with concepts that require a more somber approach.
I prevalently use rich jewel tones, especially reds and ambers, though sometimes I do a 180° and go with crisp white and neon colours… this mainly when I couple photography and illustration/graphics as my style in that regard is almost the opposite.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I mostly shoot in studio with stylized sets, but I would like to broaden my scope a bit and find locations that go beyond the usual clichè of the genre. I am branching out and shooting some male portraits this year as well… I am just dipping my feet in that lake as I prefer to have a strong connection with who I am photographing and I feel that I can have it more readily and profoundly with women. I think that’s the reason the people I shot multiple times ended up becoming longlasting friends.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I am currently editing the last part of my “Creatures” triptych… each showing a different side of the female nature. Two have already been published: Wraith (a tarnished and demonised woman) and Goddess (a motherly figure of times gone by) have already been published. I hope to showcase Sorceress before the end of march.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of lucylle.
I think that my work can be described as baroque (those who say “less is more” are liars!), conceptual and detail-oriented.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Not my very first work but the first one I published on Deviant art. This HERE was from a series of shots I took in Rome in 2003.
While I was lacking in technology and technique as I was still learning both to shoot and to edit afterwards, I can see the search for a narrative and for a concept that still drives me.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I have grown both technically and as a person, so my productions tend to be much more though out and I prefer focusing on the human element rather than stille life.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I am an escapist trough and through.
Life should be experienced and enjoyed real-time, as it happens but art has the ability to carry a much deeper meaning and multiple layers of reading so I feel that confining art in the realm of reality is diminishing its scope.