Adrienne Pop is a Vancouver based photographer and artist. She has an immense appreciation for nature, which is reflected in her art. She captures the beauty in simple things.
Q: How has art become an outlet for you?
A: Art is a form of raw expression. When producing work, I become detached from my environment and simply do––that comfort of detachment has led artwork into being an outlet. When I have all these things going on in my head which don't make sense, I release these things onto paper or capture it visually. I consider art as a way someone is able to express their feelings in a way which can't be explained and transform them into another form– which is in a way– also inexplicable but more beautiful.
Q: How did your passion for photography and art begin?
A: Drawing and painting have been mediums I have worked with ever since I can remember; being inspired by my great Grandfather who was a well known painter in Romania. I’ve been taking photos with a film camera since the age of 15. I grew up in a family full of artists and creatives, so I was exposed to the world of fine art early on which led to art becoming a passion. I became interested in film photography after my seeing my older sister’s photography work and her cameras. She gifted me with one of her vintage Japanese film cameras for my 16th birthday after seeing how much I loved using hers.
Q: Your juxtaposition of people in nature is thought provoking and unique, is there a reason you choose to shoot in natural spaces rather than urban spots?
A: I have always gravitated to a natural theme in my photographs. Nature is mysterious, alluring, captivating and ever–changing. I appreciate and see raw beauty everywhere in the natural world. The themes I shoot are an honest reflection of myself in the photos.
Q: What advice would you give to somone just starting out in photography?
A: The most important thing which has been helping me develop as a photographer is researching established photographers from any time period and exposing myself to as many fine art pieces as possible and then writing about each one. Writing down what I notice such as elements and principles of design, or the emotion in a photograph has made me more aware of what I shoot. Not only that, exposure will allow you to be aware of the many types and themes of photography, different techniques, and will help you develop your own style. Another piece of advice I have is to always be authentic with yourself; choose photography because you believe in the art form and capture pictures of what you’re passionate about, it will show in your photos. Anyone can learn how to use cameras and the equipment, but not everyone has an artistic vision—this is what separates talented and unimaginative photographers.
Q: What is the local Vancouver photography community like?
A: I believe Vancouver’s photography community is not overly diverse. I don't know much about the community, but from what I have seen around, I feel that there is little effort when it comes to each photographer developing a unique style. People seem to look up to artists high up in the industry and try to replicate their aesthetic.