1. When did you discover photography and/or filmmaking?
Photography and the arts have been something I’ve grown up with. My paternal side of the family have been making a living in the creative industries one way or the other for generations. My great grandfather was Herbert Tornquist, who owned a successful portrait studio on Queen Street from the 1930’s and my uncle is Mark Brazier-Jones, internationally celebrated artist, master furniture and lighting designer.
On a personal level, I discovered film making at Music college when one of our assignments was to make a music video. the project earned me my best mark over the whole course. From there I eventually moved to NZ and went to Film School and from there got into photography.
2.Where do you get your inspiration?
I take my inspiration from wherever I can get it! It may be from a line of music, a throwaway comment someone made, a dream… anything that sends a train of thought running. More immediate forms of inspiration come from nature, the female form, architecture, engineering and music.
3.What is your most memorable still/footage you have ever taken?
A friend had organised for a male and female model to come in for a photoshoot in his home studio. We were both just starting out in photography and I’d been invited along as a laugh and for a bit of experience. The lighting was poor and all I had was my father’s old manual focus Nikon 50mm f.2. I wasn’t getting many great shots, but then I turned the colour profile in the camera onto black and white and all of a sudden I was getting amazing images that looked like a Calvin Klein advert. Looking back at it now, it’s pretty cringeworthy but it was at that point that I made a concerted effort to get as good as I can at the medium and improve the eye for composition and light.
4.How did you come up with the name ‘Four Eyes Media’?
There were originally three of us in the company and we couldn’t come up with a name that we all agreed on. Sitting together one night, my partner, Emma, pointed out that the only thing we all had in common was that the three of us wore glasses. By the time they left the company the name was already registered with the company register and so now I’m stuck with a name better suited to an optometrists.
5.Have you worked on other projects with charlatan clinic before?
I worked on Artefact Project and Motherlock/pURe double-bill.
6.Who would you really like to film/photograph – name anyone?
I’d like to find an ultimate muse that I can photograph over and over again and continually draw inspiration from. However, as that’s a fairly evasive answer to a well intentioned hypothetical question I would like to photograph Bjork.
7.What is the most important lesson you have learned taking pictures of people?
Getting to know your subject and putting them at ease can be the hardest aspects of a photoshoot. It is as much a skill as any technical aspect. Also maintaining professionalism throughout a shoot. Also, don’t make jokes as they can backfire, and never show a client unfinished work.
8.Do you prefer digital or Polaroid?
9.What is your dream location to film/shoot?
The Favella’s of Rio.
10.What makes you smile?
Accomplishment. Family and friends. Cats. Food. Booze.
Veronika fell in love with photography at school, when she discovered the art of developing black and white film – the rest is history. Being able to stop time and tell a story with an image, and be able to transfer this into a fantasy world.
1. When did you discover photography?
I discovered it at school. My first love was black and white images, and ever since then I have been addicted to photography.
2. Where do you get your inspiration?
From everywhere really: life, books, favourite artists, music.
3. What is your most memorable photo you have ever taken?
A photo of a girl having coffee for my school assignment, there was a look on her face that words can’t really describe – it felt like she was present, but not quite. And probably one of the media shots for WHORE, with Geraldine in the bath.
4. How did you come up with the name ‘Imagen’?
Imagen translates to ‘imagining images’, that’s what every photographer does really, imagination first then image.
5. Have you worked on other projects with ‘charlatan clinic’ before?
Yes, I helped photograph “Motherlock” and “Skintight”.
6. Who would you really like to photograph, name anyone?
This is a hard one… but it would be a dream to work Gwen Stefani, Kate Moss, Karl Lagerfield. I would love to travel through South America/Africa and take photos of the native people- the list is endless.
7. What is the most important lesson you have learnt about taking pictures of people?
It’s important to get to know them a little bit, so they feel comfortable in front of the camera and we are not complete strangers. I like to joke with people so they relax, or maybe tell them a story. It’s important to encourage and tell them that they doing a great job. As a photographer, you need to be able to direct people so that you can achieve your vision, and sometimes it can be hard to communicate this with words only, so it helps to show your ideas on paper or visual references.
8. Do you prefer digital or Polaroid?
Digital, but I would never say no to Polaroid.
9. What is your dream location to shoot?
PARIS of course.
10. What makes you smile?
Beautiful things, family, friends, travelling, sunshine, surfing, day-dreaming, music, art, yoga, dancing and margaritas. The list goes on!