Interview with Lara Zankoul

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.

Dane Johnson

Dane Johnson is Editor of PHLEARN Magazine, where he helps creatives share their stories. As an amateur coffee connoisseur and inquisitive traveler, he accepts most assertions of his hipster-ness and millennialism without flinching.

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