TIFA 2023 Interview with Anna Wacker
1st Place winner in Architecture, Non-Professional, “Curvatures”
Q: Can you briefly tell us about your background and what inspired you to pursue photography?
I am Greek-Australian with a permanent residence in the beautiful city of Hamburg, Germany. When I started my photographic journey, I began by capturing anything that sparked my curiosity. However, amidst the diverse subjects, I found my lens gravitating towards the intricate world of architecture. Perhaps it was a reflection of an unfulfilled dream to become an architect myself. Life had led me to study business administration instead and I worked as an operations executive in the challenging tourism industry.
The allure of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary through a lens captivated me. In fine art architecture photography, I found inspiration in revealing unseen dimensions, emphasizing shapes, textures, and the essence of design, concentrating less on the intended functionality of building. It’s a captivating journey of exploration, where each frame becomes a canvas for expressing the poetic beauty hidden in architectural details, many times transcending reality.
Q: What drove you to submit your work to the TIFA competition and your thoughts on how winning this competition impacted your artistic journey?
The decision to submit my work to the TIFA competition was driven by a mix of curiosity and the desire to challenge myself on a broader stage. Winning was a surreal and validating experience, providing a significant boost to my confidence. The recognition from TIFA has been a catalyst for growth, pushing me to elevate my work even further.
Q: Could you describe any challenges you faced while capturing this moment (winning image/s)?
For this specific photo series, I encountered minimal challenges. Fortunately, I was lucky to have optimal lighting, favorable weather conditions, and unimpeded access to the buildings I captured.
Q: What, in your opinion, are the most important factors in creating great images?
In my view, the most crucial factors in creating great images are a blend of thoughtful
composition, the play of light and shadows, and a keen understanding of the subject. It’s the ability to capture a moment or scene in a way that evokes emotion going beyond mere visuals to create a lasting impact on the viewer.
Q: What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of photography?
For me, the most challenging aspect of photography lies in capturing the essence of a subject in a way that goes beyond the surface. It’s about capturing the mood, emotions, or story into a single frame. Achieving that level of depth and connection can be both elusive and rewarding, making it a constant and exciting challenge.
Q: What motivates and drives your photography?
The motivation behind my photography is rooted in the captivating blend of form and narrative within man-made structures. Each building tells a unique story through its design, and I’m driven by the challenge of capturing those stories. The interplay of light, the intricate details, and the beauty of architecture constantly push me to explore and showcase the artistry that exists in our built environment.
Q: What’s next for you in your career as a photographer?
As a hobby photographer, my journey is driven by the sheer joy and fulfillment that photography brings me. It’s my creative haven, a source of connection where I’ve met incredible people and formed lasting friendships with fellow enthusiasts. Looking ahead, I plan to explore new and exciting destinations, continuously elevate my work, and immerse myself further in the enriching world that photography provides.