Updated: Nov 10, 2018
This week favourite Female Artist is Noémi Ottilia Szabo (@mimigraphie) a Swiss based photographer which immediately captured our attention. "Perfection is ugly - I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion." a phrase from the famous designer Yohji Yamamoto is what describes her work best.
Let's meet her.
Can you tell us a a little bit about yourself and what you do?
Haha this is my most hated question! :D I’m just a simple curious woman with a passion for photography. A passion for creating stuff with other amazing creatives.
When did your journey start?
Well, photography was always a little bit a part of my life. I have some photographers in my family. But the way it is today started I think two years ago when I met my lovely friend and stylist Petra Haller. With her it started to become bigger with projects and going deeper.
In some of your past interviews you said that your
work follows Yohji Yamamoto's famous saying "perfection is ugly",
What’s the idea behind your work?
That’s true! When I started I just saw everywhere (or at least here in Switzerland) these super beautiful, perfect symmetric and over retouched models. I felt that always a bit boring and seen. My work shouldn’t look like that. I totally love the moments "in between" where something real is happening. And then I don’t care if the model has closed eyes or something is "wrong" in the picture. The images just needs to "live" in a way. Sometimes I need to remember myself again to this. You can totally loose yourself in our digital life where you are always surrounded by social media and you see so many good, talented and creative people and you start to compare yourself.
What kind of music drives you?
A lot of 80's pop/rock :)
Do you have any favourite film and why?
I totally love Tim Burtons short film „Victor!“ - we agree -. I love his strangeness and poetic style <3 and I’m also totally addicted to old movies like „back to the future“ haha.
What’s your favourite piece that you’ve created?
I can’t tell! It changes all the time. I’m a really emotional person, if I see an image I created I always remember also the moment when it got shot. If the team and the day of the shoot was amazing I mostly love almost every picture of a shoot, if it was bad it takes me some time til' I like them.
How do you find inspiration on an average day? Do you
have any rituals?
I don’t have rituals. Sometimes an inspiration comes just by crossing the street, a location or seeing an unknown person. I think everything can inspire you. Sometimes you don’t have to search that far. But there are also days where you don’t get inspired at all. I think every creative person has this. There are always good and bad days.
Who’s your favourite contemporary photographer?
I don’t have only one favourite photographer. There are too many inspiring ones. Yesterday I went to an exhibition from Beat Schweizer, a Swiss documentary photographer. (support your locals! haha). I was really impressed about how he frames and captures life.
How is it to be a woman in the contemporary
I think there are a lot of female photographers no? I can’t tell if there is a big difference, but it might be, like in other professions as well, that men still get more taken seriously. Or at least this is what I hear sometimes. But I never had a really bad experience. Only once by assisting that I didn’t received that amount of money like my male friends did. Because a woman is not that strong enough and not that technical enough?
You clearly have a pretty high amount of followers. How did you start marketing yourself?
I didn’t! It just happened :D I still can’t believe that so many people like my work.
How did social media help you to promote your art? It’s nice to know that a lot of people like your work. I also meet there a lot of other creative people to work with. Sometimes I also get jobs through Instagram. What is still a miracle for me, especially because you can find so many good artists on IG. That someone remembers your work and says: this is the right photographer for my project is a bit strange to me. But It happens.
Do you have any advice to give to the new female entrepreneurs ?
Just keep doing what you love and try not to compare yourself with others. And don’t let you put down by others.
Discover more on www.mimigraphie.com
Thank you Noemi :)