There is endless potential in the simplest things around us.
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Edna, please introduce yourself.
Edna Dott is the name I chose, to share my creative journey with the rest of the world. Currently, I live in Texas, USA, with my beloved son and husband, both of which have truly supported and encouraged me to spread my artistic wings. I was born and raised in Greece, a beautiful and proud country, which has certainly seen much better days. My parents are two simple and deeply wonderful people who taught me how to love, give, value and respect, raised me with affection, music, laughter, sea and sunshine. The woman I am today was chiseled in the foundations of their dedication and devotion.
What initially drew you to photography?
I used to take photography for granted. It was all about someone other than me capturing a memory so that it could be kept in an album to wither away. I didn’t understand that need, always wanting to live the moment as opposed to freezing it. Motherhood was the turning point and the gateway to my creative dimension. Everything was new and different, suddenly. Everything was magical, ripe with possibility. First, it was the words that started to flow, and I began to write poetry, mainly free verse, inspired by everyday simple moments, my blessings, emotions and yearnings. Then, along came photography. Fascinated by how much can be said with a single image, I decided to start taking pictures, summoning inspiration as opposed to waiting for it. I’d spent my free time roaming the internet for knowledge, of all kinds. I was on a mission to feed my mind and soul’s stirring hungers. My husband bought me a fantastic point-and-shoot camera in 2008, then my first DSLR, and I was officially hooked.
How would you describe your style of photography?
My work is very much like the wind, I believe, always changing direction, origin, intensity and mood. It is a blending of vision, emotion and inspiration, a creative, unexpected voyage every time. I wouldn’t say I have a specific style of photography, but instead go beyond the photograph and into what is ignited inside me emotionally, spiritually, and artistically.
Your photographs are exceptionally creative. In what way do you channel your creative spirit when creating a photograph?
One must see with the soul. There is endless potential in the simplest things around us. To create is to dare to go beyond the obvious and expected, to open one’s self to the song of silence and inner understanding, to discover one’s own language of perception, to find that individual vision and run with it, having newborn emotions and eyes as a compass into the immensity of inspiration.
Many of your photos on Fotoblur are paired with music. What is the relationship between your photography and music?
Music has been a best friend ever since I can remember. Something I honestly cannot do without. The last few years it has also become a fierce muse, either inspiring me to create, helping me see and feel something in a way I wouldn’t without, or egging me on as I work, like a priestess of meaning and beauty. I suppose it’s why I feel my work is somewhat ‘undressed’ without it, or maybe I feel like giving credit, in a way, to my right hand. The musical pieces I select for my images are like kindred spirits to them, and messengers of my state of mind and soul as I create.
How has being a member of the Fotoblur community helped you as a photographer?
Reaching others with what I do is a deeply rewarding experience, humbling and uplifting. It was never as important to me as it is today, having found this wonderful community of incredibly talented people, but not for the attention, recognition and numbers; it is the belonging and contentment that come with being understood, with sharing gladly something personal and special, with giving without waiting to receive, and finding others who can see and feel as you do, or are willing and able to. If with what I love to do, I can touch another in a positive way, if I can make them linger and share one meaningful moment in time, I have lived to be a wealthier and better person indeed. At the foundation of my artwork lies a very old and mighty need to keep the soul-fire burning; passion is love is life.
What message would you say your work communicates?
More than anything, my art is - much like me - an apprentice and a seeker. My message is one of belief and desire, of awareness, clarity and deeper connections. Of how simply and unconditionally beautiful and abundant our world is. Of how much can be said with silence, of the healing and freedom that comes with the ability to give shape and voice to imagination and dreams, or desperation and fears. Of the magic that waits in what we so often take for granted or even entirely dismiss (and miss). My message is all about seeing differently and making something beautiful out of anything and nothing.
How do you go about selecting a subject or composition for a photograph?
My subject most often finds me. I do try to almost always carry a camera with me, and if not, my cell phone. In doing so, I am prepared for the moment, the ‘something special’ that so often comes unexpectedly. Every now and then I look for a specific topic that starts with a title, a song, an impression, an idea. Of course, not everything I capture makes it to the rest of my creative process, and I take more than one shot of any given subject when I can. Very often, the spark won’t come until much later, and after I have gone through my photographs and made certain connections and choices. Every now and then the most improbable candidate will become something brilliant, and a capture I thought was of great interest will end up unused and left behind. It is my visions and emotions that speak through my works. They are echoes of how I see and feel, laugh or cry, hurt and heal, love and lose, windows into who I am.
What helpful advice would you give to someone wanting to become a better photographer?
Persistence and patience first come to mind. I have personally spent countless hours experimenting, both with capturing as surely as editing/presenting an image. I would encourage every new photographer to discover what they consider meaningful, what appeals to them, not only visually but mentally and spiritually, to open oneself to inspiration and free oneself from expectation. Get shooting and get looking at your photos as if someone else took them. Be your strictest critic but not your worst enemy (nor your best friend!). Feel what you do, as opposed to direct and command, especially at first. Dare to see differently and be open to your creative inner voice. Lastly, never forget that it is a perpetual and exciting journey and it’s in that journey where true fulfillment lies. The most important lesson my creative wanderings have taught me is to always answer the call that incites the soul.
What kind of projects are we likely to see from you in the future?
In the near future I plan to focus on a book project I started a while ago and then put aside until I could find more time and patience. It is an anthology of photographs and writings that aim to share my journey and vision in various parts/chapters, each having a specific theme/mood. I also wish to make my own website. As far as projects and work go, I have nothing big planned, other than continuing to be open to inspiration and growth, nurturing and refining my creative individuality. I am just beginning to think about the future picture (pun somewhat intended).
How can people reach you?
I can be reached at email@example.com.