Omerika / Member Interview

My name is Omer and I'm a digital artist with a wondering mind from sunny Israel. I love animals and a vegan.

I've always had a passion for dreams, fantasies and surrealism and I always try to bring a touch of those elements into my photos and portraits.

I originally studied graphic design, but my love for the surreal world had always overshadowed everything else I was doing so I decided to focus on fine art instead.



What inspired you to become a photographer?

Well I must say I don’t really refer to myself as a photographer but more of a digital artist since I have a lot of post process edits involved in my photos . I think the main reason that had inspired me was when I realized I have to start taking my own photos in order to really bring my vision to life. Before that I used to create a lot of photos out of other photographers’ stocks and at some point I realized I want to create my own work from my own materials and it’s the most rewarding thing.

Tell us about your first photo that really validated your interest as a photographer.

Wow that’s a tough one! I think it’s probably one of my earlier Instagram portraits which is pretty embarrassing to include as a validation haha. It’s the most casual photo and simple photo and I actually don’t really find it interesting. I took it with my iPhone one day for no reason but somehow it sparked my motivation to keep going and to start taking more photos.

What do you enjoy photographing the most?

Probably double exposure portraits and bokeh. Double exposure portraits because I like to bring an expressive side to the photo and to portraits in general.

What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?

Probably when I my photo became a cover of a forein book cover for the first time.

How do you feel photography has impacted the way you see the world?

Oh it has impacted deeply on how I see the world.

I learned to look twice on everything and to notice things I wouldn't notice usually, I learned to appreciate nature more and especially forests which I find so magical and beautiful and I wish I had forests where I live so i could take photos of them. I learned to find magic in the simplest things like little city lights which may sound like such a simple and common thing but looks so magical when you really take the time to look at it.

What is your best photography related tip?

Work as much as intuitively as you possibly can and less technically.

I find technicality lowers the creativity sometimes in a very noticeable way.

And stay true to your concept and style, don’t try to copy others. Nothing good comes out of it, just be unique and try to find your own artistic style.

What would you like for people take away from your work?

As long as my photo makes the viewer feel anything at all by looking at my photos - I think I'm pleased.

The most important thing for me is that my photos will stirr some sort of emotion from the viewer.

What are some ‘must have’ items in your camera bag?

I'm gonna stay true to "less is more" approach on this one ,so for me would be just my camera , a tripod and my 50mm lens.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what is the ONE photography book you would want to have with you?

Probably "Still Time" or "Immediate Family" by Sally Mann

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