Light Hug, 2011
Photographer Susa Dosa describes her work as feminine and dreamy and we couldn’t agree more. Susa creates beautifully composed photographs all taken under natural light and then blurred slightly afterwards. We love the soft scenes she creates and chatted with the artist about her background and process. Keep reading to find out more about Susa and a special giveaway!
What is your earliest art/photography memory?
In my childhood when I was about seven to eight years old my sweet neighbor a girl, just few years older than me, was a multi-talented soul: drawing, painting, making jewelry. I was amazed of her talent, and I fell in love with the act of “creating.” I learnt from her many craft techniques, and basically that was the time when I opened my mind to crafts and arts as well.
When a child is inspired, magic happens; the creative way of thinking I believe, will be there for ever. For decades I didn’t see her, and I never had the chance to tell her how much she affected my life: maybe it’s time to say a thank you for being a patient friend and teaching me: Thank You Iren Lövey!
What is your favorite piece in your UGallery portfolio?
My favorite piece must be “Light Hug,” a sensitive timeless piece, for me. Or maybe “Unconditional”… hard to decide. We all wish to experience unconditional love, but unfortunately many people never get it. On the hand, people give up just because they get tired of the search or hate being alone, then they living in a unhappy partnership. “Unconditional” is about waiting calmly for the “real thing.” I love everything about those two pieces. Those are very much about love, the real and true “me.” Oh, dear I am deadly romantic.
What/where would you say is your greatest source of inspiration?
My inspirations are paintings and the subject itself. Most of my works are assignments, private artistic nude photography, bodyscapes. Woman love to document their beauty. The inspiration is always original ‘cause I combining the subject’s needs and what I see — what I find the best to show about her. The end result, I can say proudly, is always a success. Most probably because the images has an artsy sensual feeling and I never go to the side of commerce erotic style. My goal is to create art with average people, kind of what they are able to display at their home.
Silk and Hide, 2011
What is the best piece of advice that was given to you in terms of photography?
Oh, that was not an advice but a simple question from my friend while she was browsing the first nude set I ever made: “when will you understand that you are a real artist?” That was a kick that time because until then I photographed just for “myself.” I understood then that people see me as an artist — damn, I am an artist. So, I got the courage to share and sell my images on the net.
Are there any photographers/artists that inspire you or that you try to emulate?
No specific artist because there are so many amazing artists out there. There are specific pieces or details that inspire me: the angels of William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Caravaggio, “Blue Nude” by Picasso, Christian Lacroix's colors and patterns on his design. My favorite photograph is “Balance” by Gregory Michael King. Also the very honest portraits of Thomas Balsamo. It’s a pretty eclectic set.
What is your most important photography tool (whether it be physical or mental)?
Being alone at least an hour before a nude photo session is very important for me. If I am calm and relaxed the subject also feels that and easily opens up, trusting me from the start.
What is it exactly that you want to say with your photographs?
Every woman is beautiful. Sensuality rules. Love in every form is the most important act of life!
We’re giving away one of Susa’s photographs! Visit our Pinterest photography board this Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST for a chance to win!