Strictly Film with Caroline Cardoso

Caroline Cardoso “I am my own experiment. I am my own artwork.” -Madonna ig: @cecewolfs Trenton, New Jersey   What sparked your interest in photography? ​I started working closely with photographers and cinematographers at FIT in Chelsea and did my first fashion film during that time. I’ve been studying film and screen for over 5 […]

Caroline Cardoso

“I am my own experiment. I am my own artwork.” -Madonna

ig: @cecewolfs

Trenton, New Jersey

 


What sparked your interest in photography?

​I started working closely with photographers and cinematographers at FIT in Chelsea and did my first fashion film during that time. I’ve been studying film and screen for over 5 years now so I think my film and photography world just collided without me even knowing. I bought my first 35mm camera when I was a freshman and since then I’ve never put it down.



What is your preference when it comes to working with digital and film cameras?

I strictly use film cameras. In such a digital age and the peak of tim for Instagram and social media platforms, I’ve come to move away from digital photography more and more. With digital, you can manipulate and change things easily; with film, the photo is what the photo is, and something about have a raw, original image is more genuine to me than digital.


What camera are you currently using?
I use a Nikon FE using 35mm film.


 What is your favorite thing to shoot?

People. I love capture people for who they are and how they want to represent themselves in whatever angel or lens they want to present themselves. People I know, people I don’t know, anyone I can capture to tell a story.



I see both photography and videography as ways for one to express themselves, what made you choose one over the other?

I don’t think I have chosen one over the other, nor will I in the future. Photo and video for me come hand in hand and without one I wouldn’t have the other.



Walk me thru a day in the life of Caroline with her camera, like what triggers you to turn on your camera and take a picture?

​I never leave the house without a camera. Usually I’ll have a disposable camera with me for small shots, and two FE’s with me at all times; one to shoot black and white film, and the other to shoot color film. Honestly anyone that catches my eye is my subject. I love shooting photos of people and being in Brooklyn and the city, the available content has no limit.



What do you draw inspiration from or is there anybody or anything that influences you?​

​Robert Capa is a photographer that I look up to who is a war photographer from Hungary that only photographed people during war periods. He was able to capture the essence of these people and their stories in just one photo which is exactly what I want to do. Other people that inspire me are anyone in my life really. The people around me are the ones that I want to capture and tell stories about, it’s so inspiring.


 


“The Power to Immortalize” with Jo Billion

Jo Billion “I am both attracted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life” – F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby  IG: @akabillion  jobillion.myportfolio.com Kingston, Jamaica / NY What sparked your interest in photography? At about the age of 12, I would start to notice how nice things in real life would look as a […]

Jo Billion

“I am both attracted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life” – F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
 IG: @akabillion
Kingston, Jamaica / NY

What sparked your interest in photography?

At about the age of 12, I would start to notice how nice things in real life would look as a picture. I asked my parents for a camera and they got me a canon point and shoot digital camera for my birthday. I started to take pictures and join my school’s photography club. I would often get dressed up and pose for myself. What really got me interested though was during one club meeting, our president brought in a speaker who showed me a new side of photography which sparked my passion for art itself. Ironically I do not remember his name, but he showed multiple pieces including some drawings of Bob Marley and photographs of women in the nude in a river along with some abstractions of the Banana Leaf.



What is your preference when it comes to working with digital and film cameras?

I prefer digital only because that was what I first learned with. I really love the quality and feel of film though and I will continue to shoot with both.

What inspired your theme in “Portraits”?

 I chose to do Urban Girl (which I am still working on) because it let me express how I feel I’m becoming as a girl who isn’t from New York but now lives here. The culture is very different and it definitely intimidated me at first but now I feel myself assimilating and these pictures show how I feel. It’s like a calm amidst the chaos.


What is your favorite thing to shoot?

I am most inspired when there is a human presence in my images but I do have a love for architecture as well.


I see both photography and videography as ways for one to express themselves, what made you choose one over the other?

Photography gives you the power to immortalize, the power to stop time and the power to give people a different perspective. I guess the same can be said about videography but to me it just doesn’t quite feel the same. It’s hard for the mind to wander with video, you kind of only see what the director of the video wants you to see but a photo is left up for the complete interpretation of the viewer. That’s just my opinion.

Walk me thru a day in the life of Jo Billion with her camera, like what triggers you to turn on your camera and take a picture?

I usually have a lot of regrets. Sometimes I see a picture in front of me but it lasts for like 2 seconds and I don’t get to capture it. The ones I do get to capture though give me great satisfaction. That ‘s why I love portraiture – it’s easy to position a subject or when someone knows their picture is being taken they know not to move too fast. Finding the right subjects can be very hard though. Architecture is the same, because buildings can’t  move; but it is hard to translate the character of a building or how the building is making you feel into a picture.


Where do you draw inspiration from or is there anybody or anything that influences you?​

This may sound bad but I become most inspired when I am jealous. Usually when I’m uninspired and I see another artist showing off their creations I get jealous of the satisfaction they might feel and that motivates me to pick up a camera or pencil or paintbrush. As of a person whom influences me, I get most of my influence from music and the way music makes me feel. The Weeknd and Solange have been influencing me the most lately.


‘The Basement’ with Natalia Luna

Natalia Luna “The world can only be grasped by action, not contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind” -Diane Arbus Ig: Nataliaaaluna https://bemegaa.com/2017/05/17/feel-beautiful-with-natalia-luna/ Long Island, New York What sparked your interest in photography? I can’t really pin point a specific moment, but I️t was probably when I first got the iPod touch […]

Natalia Luna

“The world can only be grasped by action, not contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind” -Diane Arbus

Ig: Nataliaaaluna

https://bemegaa.com/2017/05/17/feel-beautiful-with-natalia-luna/

Long Island, New York


What sparked your interest in photography?

I can’t really pin point a specific moment, but I️t was probably when I first got the iPod touch with a camera. Instagram was created and I️ realized that I️ loved capturing moments and memories and creating stories. Soon after that, I decided to take photography as an elective in high school and bought the camera that I still use today.


What inspired your concept for “Portraits”?
I was having a hard time coming up with a theme for the gallery, actually. I figured I’d do black and white portraits and had settled on that and worked on that, but I got news of a family friend passing away and everything changed. After the wake, my sister and I went to hang out in the basement (our friends Dom and Chris’ dad’s basement where we always hangout which was recently redecorated), and as I was taking pictures of my sister the idea occurred to me; that I should just take everyone’s portrait in the basement. It’s a space that we spend so much time in that reflects our personalities and our essence. I thought I️t was a great theme. I thank Whitney for Inspiring me. I wanted to do something in her honor even if I️t didn’t directly reflect our relationship.


What is your favorite part about portrait photography?
Being able to project someone’s essence or telling a story. I love working with people because we’re able to bounce ideas off of one another and work together. It makes the body of work more meaningful. With ‘The Basement’, for example, I took some of my closest friends and photographed them as they were; I️t was all very natural. I like capturing raw moments with real people.


Thru this process is there anything new that you’ve learned that you’ve never done before? 
Uhhh, I’m not sure. I did buy a new portrait lens, so I’ve been playing around with that and experimenting with new lighting.


Where do you see your talents taking you? 
I’m not sure what my plans are or where life will take me, but I do know that I’ll be photographing my whole journey. It’s going to be really great to be able to look back at I️t all when I’m older.


“Final Moments” with Melvin Cabreja

Melvin Cabreja IG: @justmelv718 Jamaica Queens, NY How did you get into photography? When I was a kid my mom was always photographing us with disposable cameras. I was fascinated holding the prints and negatives. I also blame my grandpa  down in Florida. He would always take me to make photo prints at kinkos. He […]

Melvin Cabreja

IG: @justmelv718

Jamaica Queens, NY

How did you get into photography?

When I was a kid my mom was always photographing us with disposable cameras. I was fascinated holding the prints and negatives. I also blame my grandpa  down in Florida. He would always take me to make photo prints at kinkos. He always had his camera in his hand. So it made me appreciate all the moments that were being saved. When I was 18 I had a friend who had just gotten a Nikon and we would go and shoot. A couple months later I was hospitalized and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The doctors said my sugar levels were so high that I should’ve been in a coma and my blood was so thick from other complications that I should’ve had a stroke. I could’ve been gone and It pushed me to get my own camera to start photographing for real

Thats crazy, good thing you’re still here with us! When you got your first camera did you go the digital or film route and why?
I went digital for my first camera cause it was the cheaper route. I wasn’t working at the time cause I was still adjusting to my medications. I was self taught at first so with digital it was all trial and error with no extra cost. I didn’t start shooting film seriously till I started college 2 years ago

What do you enjoy shooting the most?
Portraits, Because it’s my personal connection with a person for that moment. It could be someone I’ve known for a long time or just met, it’s a representation of how I feel about them or how I see that person in my reality.

So what was the inspiration behind your theme for “portraits”?
Back in June of 2016 my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer at 98 years old. I’ve lived with him and my grandmother since the day I was born. So when they put him in hospice I was the one who took care of him. I saw him going slowly every day and realized that I had to capture his final moments. He knew his time was coming and was happy about me photographing him which was rare cause he hated having his picture taken. He passed in October 2016 and my grandmother took it the hardest. They had been together for 72 years. She lost her soulmate and it literally broke her heart. She needed a pacemaker and I once again stepped up to care for her. I continued the series photographing her through the aftermath of losing my grandpa. She looked defeated which was rare because she’s the rock of my family. She keeps it together for all of us and I witnessed her break down in front of my own eyes. She wouldn’t eat, she cried, she was hurting and I needed people to see what we were feeling cause I know others go through it too. I didn’t like talking about it so my photography was therapy for me. I named it “Ready To Die/ Life After Death” cause it summed it up perfectly while paying homage to one of my favorite rappers Biggie . He told me to take care of my grandma and to finish my photo degree for him in his final days so I made sure to continue this series and it’s still growing every day.

Thats really deep,  So what about on a regular day, what triggers you to turn your camera on and capture a moment?
Honestly anything can inspire me to want to go out and shoot. I can be watching a movie or hear a song or just something clicks in my brain even seeing a color that makes me wants to put in work

Where do you see your talents taking you in the future? 
I do more than just photography, I also make beats, and do video as well. So I see myself doing anything media based.