Linaill's: model interview
This is our first interview with ... anyone, really. We tried to stay clear of most questions we've commonly seen directed at models - they seem to be rather superficial for an experience that's at the same time physically demanding and, at least for art modelling, should enhance one's perception about her/himself.
There's a link to Linaill's pictures at the end - the small versions we have here won't do her (or her photographer's) any justice.
We'll be featuring interviews with both models and photographers (and make-up artists and other creators we can reach) over the next weeks, as our magazine evolves. If you find this interesting, please share it with a link to our site and a mention to Linaill's Instagram account, also at the bottom.
1. Could you talk briefly about your creative / artistic background and why you decided to model? Where you into theater, dance, contortionism, primal screaming, yoga, music, ping-pong or any other thing that might influence your posing?
I have neither artistic nor any kind of creative background. I have grown up in the former Soviet and the communist spirit characterized my childhood, everything was about the education and sport. There was no room for any artistic / creative development.
A few years ago I have begun studying the Zen. The more I understood freedom, the more I felt a need to express it in some way. Zen has also taught me that human beings have no limits.... it is fear, expectations, shame, society's norms etc. that put a barrier to do what you want and love to do.
Just like any other mothers of 5, I had many complexes about my body so I decided to fight them by doing fine art nude. And I fell in love with it! The feeling of freedom was amazing. Luckily, I came in contact with the talented photographer Joakim Nilsson who pulls my creative side out of me.
2. Where do you feel more creative? Studio, a [closed] location or outdoors?
Of course outdoors! I love being in nature. Nature is my power charger. Modeling and being in nature is an unbeatable combination for me. I feel that I am one with nature and can easily imitate nature’s shapes and lines.
3. What is the most interesting thing that happened to you in a session?
Behind each image there is a memory ... meeting with creative people, beautiful places, crazy ideas, injuries, excitement, spectators who applaud ... you name it. Every memory is valuable to me and makes me smile every time I look at the pictures.
4. Is there something that you'd really like to try in photography?
Nude shot in a town in the middle of the day is something that has been spinning in my head for a long time, so it is just a matter of time. I would like to shoot naked in the Alps. I also plan on going to Chernobyl and shoot something crazy over there. Japan and cherry blossoms are on my list as well.
5. Is there something you'd like to tell photographers in general? Like "being inside cold water and looking natural is really hard" or "stop obsessing about equipment and spend more time looking at people"?
I avoid working with photographers who sees models as tools. I have managed so well thanks to the fantastic cooperation between myself and photographers throughout the whole process, from the idea to the final result. Teamwork is the key for a good result.
6. Any advice for the young at heart? For models who are starting in art modelling or to people who might be considering going that route?
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Do what you love, share your passion, open your mind, arms and heart to new things…be the inspiration!
7. Do you consider that photography has enabled you to be more in touch with yourself? Did you learn new things about yourself?
I have an eye for details and I always go through my pictures to see what I can do better. I have learned a lot about my body and how I can pose. I rarely edit my pictures so going through them is a valuable tool for me.
Photography has also helped me to raise my self-esteem. I know my body is not perfect but I’m fine with that…I like it as it is.
8. If money and "real world" restrictions were not a problem, where would you like to shoot?
Definitely on the Red square in Moscow.