We seek the most talented photographers on the planet and ask them to share a bit about themselves and their creative process. Today we have the pleasure of learning more about Beirut-based experimental and conceptual photographer Lara Zankoul.
What’s the one quote that always fires you up?
LZ: “If you don’t help yourself, no one will.”
Do you have any particular habits that are a part of how you begin your creative process?
LZ: Once I decide on the concept I want to convey, I start looking for a location. The location helps me visualise the final photo, so I start looking for the main constraint. After that, I work on gathering props if needed, searching for models, deciding on their wardrobe and planning the lighting (natural or artificial).
What do you do when you hit a wall during your creative process?
LZ: When I’m not feeling inspired, I respect it and stop producing. But, if it lasts too long, I push myself to create by forcing myself to shoot. As I put myself out there, the creativity starts flowing on its own. Other times, I initiate a collaboration with other creatives so I force myself to deliver, when you are working with someone else, you become very accountable of your words.
What’s your favorite photo you’ve ever captured and why?
LZ: The Zoo – due to the unexpected positive response it received.
You can view more of Lara’s work at her website.