Rosa Jeanne Maryland is an Anglo-Swiss Blogger , residing in a quaint countryside village of Geneva. She has been the backbone of Rosa’s Yummy Yums and her current venture Reveries, Brambles & Scribbles. Such an exhaustive career in delving into the culinary spheres and the world of photography. She brings light to certain mood states that she couldn’t articulate with words.The sentiment of photography is not always directional towards accolades and wins, it’s about a journey of the subconscious mind through creative terrains of life. She is a non-conformist and her style reflects escape of the deep mind which I interpret is her way of spiritual meditation.
I had her talk after a huge wait of 6 months over the common table to share her sentiments about life & photography. I am really glad the butterfly fluttered out of her cocoon.
1. What is that one attracting factor about photography?
Just like music and writing, photography is a very beautiful, creative, powerful and poetic means of expressing feeling and emotions. Sounds, images and words are the holy trinity of art, in my opinion.
2. Do you think a photographer should have ethics, or photography has no rules?
Ethics yes, but not rules. Rules should not exist when it comes to art as they are very limiting and where there are rules, there is no freedom of expression. But artists should definitely always have ethics (have work ethics for example; not stealing from others or being respectful to others). It is very important.
3. When you photograph a subject, do you feel empathetic about the subject?
Yes, totally. It is impossible to be a photographer and not to be empathic about the subject or not to be in symbiosis with it. If you don’t “feel” it then your picture will lack depth and soul. It will miss this little je ne sais quoi that makes it stand out.
4. Is your work well constructed or random?
It is random. Being a very impulsive person, I never plan anything. I just let myself get carried away by whatever I see or feel. I have a very rock’n’roll, rebellious and instinctive attitude when it comes to creating (and anything else in life too).
6. What other work interests your creative side?
I love to cook, bake and write. Those are the only other creative activities I undertake. Otherwise, other forms of art inspire me a lot. Music and art in general inspire me daily. I cannot imagine going through a day without listening to music. I’m literally addicted to it!
7. What qualities of a photograph attract you?
Its soul and the emotions that emanates from it. Of course, the technical qualities of a photograph attract me as well, but that is somehow secondary as without soul a perfect picture is just a good picture, but not a touching, meaningful and transcendental one. A soulful picture is worth a thousand words and is like a poem of pixels.
8. How do you tame the light in your photography?
I don’t really. I just choose the right light and use a few hobby reflectors or diffusers (aluminium foil, paper, curtains, etc…). I still have a lot to learn about photography, though. Nowadays, I’m more into outdoor photography (street, landscape & nature), so I dwell a lot less on that stuff. Besides, the light at my place is quite frustrating…
9. Has abstract photography interested other than food photography.
I love abstract photography too. It speaks to the Zen aspect of my personality. There is something extremely spiritual, contemplative, peaceful and soothing about it.
But as I said before, nowadays I’m more about photography in general than food photography only. I’ve grown a little tired of it over time and I have less pleasure shooting that kind of picture than I did in the past…
10. Do you have any message for the upcoming photographers and bloggers?
Be yourself, swim against the tide, don’t be afraid to break the rules and have fun!