Irene Hälley | Zaragoza, Spain

Hello Irene, thank you for submitting your work. Tell us a little but about yourself.

Hello! Thank you for giving me the chance to do this interview. I’m a 21 years old self-taught portrait and lifestyle photographer from Zaragoza, Spain.

How did you get into photography?

Someday, I found a slow motion video made by some guys. I was impressed with the image quality, so I started researching which kind of camera they used and found out that for that work different photographers used the same kind of cameras. I realized that I wanted to do the same.

What does photography mean to you?

Disconnection and expression. I don’t think about anything else when I have a camera in my hands. I just capture moments, feelings... I would say that sometimes I try to tell a story through a single shot.

Most of your work are portraits… What do you like about photographing people?

I think that portraying people can somehow show the essence of each person. I like to see that essence when I photograph them; how they express themselves, how they talk, what they like, how they feel... I try to capture all these things when they’re in front of my camera. I love that.

Your portraits are characterized by their very minimal composition. How did you come up with it?
Well... actually there is no composition - nothing is prepared. Everything is natural, totally improvised. I focus on the subject and there are only few cases where I try to include more elements if they help me to achieve a better atmosphere in the scene.

Do you think simplicity is often more important than complexity?
I usually prefer simplicity, but I’ve seen very complex work that compositionally and conceptually I find very interesting.

Was there a photographer or type of photography that influenced your work or inspired you?
Of course. There are so many photographers around the world that inspire me in many ways. Artistically and visually I am very interested in the work by Rebeca Cygnus; the poetry of her images are magical. In terms of editing style and portrait, photographers like André Josselin, Robert Marcillas, Irene Rudnyk, Azulclaritocasiblanco, Pollography, Marta Bevacqua, Ezgi Polat, Alessio Albi, Miss Complejo... Their work inspires me a lot.

Can you tell us a little bit about the photography scene in Spain?
We have excellent photographers here. There’s no doubt that. A lot of young people are learning by themselves and doing incredible stuff in diffrent areas of photography. We have nothing to envy about foreign artists, but it would be great to have the same photography culture that other countries have.

What is the biggest compliment you could be given for your pictures?
When the viewer feels what I wanted to express and introduces himself into the image in the way I felt at the moment I took the photo.  That’s the biggest compliment it could be given. That is the final purpose behing all my work.