The Mentor Program here on Shadowness have several mentors (and students!) up for grabs who delve into different areas, mediums and have different kinds of experiences. This interview series which will come out every Monday (instead of Monday Feel Good) will let you know a bit more about each mentor on the list.
If you find an interviewed mentor interesting, don't hesitate to send them a private message and if they say yes contact me so I know who's mentoring who! You can of course sign up as a mentor and/or student in search of a mentor, on the list, by sending a private message to /Caja
My name is Nicoline Korsvold, and I am a Norwegian student currently living at a folk high school. That is a special Scandinavian boarding school without exams that some choose for a year before deciding on what to do with their lives. My main subject has been music. I’ve been playing the guitar for about five years. After this summer, I intend to study chemistry and biotechnology at the university.
What does ART mean to you?
I’m surrounded by art every day. It brings out emotions and inspiration to create my own art. It is a portal for meeting new people. Art keeps me up at night either by browsing it or when drawing as the world sleeps. It is a creative and emotive outlet for me.
What is your art form? And how long have you delved in this?
I’ve had a growing interest for photography since I got an SLR camera in 2009. Drawing is also important to me, but the amount of photography I do far outweighs the time I spend on drawing.
Was there anything or anyone in particular that prompted your choice of art form?
The SLR camera was a gift from my mother, without it the interest wouldn’t have been the same. Having a camera with me makes me so much more observant to the beauty that surrounds us.
How would you describe your art to someone who haven't seen it?
My art reflects what I do day by day. I have yet to work specifically out from a concept, but I will try to have more of a message in the photography I do in the future. As for now, my photography show what I observe.
Have you had education in art or are you self-taught?
This past year, I’ve been taking a photography course once per week, which was essential for me to get away from the automated functions on the camera. Previously I found it challenging to work manually, even though I tried to read up on it on my own. The course included some work with an analogue camera and darkroom, which I found very interesting. I’m self-taught in doing minor editing using PS and Lightroom, and I suppose in seeing and composing motives.
I learned the basics in PS through tutorials posted on deviantart. After that, it was and still is a matter of trial and error until I reach the result I wish. Though the most important way to teach myself has been to browse art and reflect upon why some stand out. What is the motive, how has it been composed, and how was the post editing done to give the final result? Art communities are perfect for this, as the artist can answer the questions himself.
Who and/or what inspire you?
There are so many talented artists here that inspire me. Looking through Daily Inspirations and Features is one way to be inspired, but my main source for inspiration is to observe people and nature around me. My teacher at the photography course is so enthusiastic and good at what he does, so he has definitely been a source for inspiration. Since learning about street photography, I’ve been more observant of human interaction. Taking photos of strangers is somewhat of a barrier for me, but I’m working on it.
What is the greatest lesson in art that you've learned?
Create art for your own satisfaction, not to please others.
What can you teach others?
I can help with learning to know your SLR camera better if you’re just starting out, doing minor editing using PS, Lightroom and Photomatix and giving feedback on your work. In addition to that, I can point you towards other resources within photography or drawing. I’m self-taught at the latter, so I know where to look.
What tips can you offer to better oneself in his or her art?
Be enthusiastic and inquisitive. Receiving feedback from others is great, and I think you will notice that you only receive as much as you give.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
I’d love to contribute more to this community, so please let me know if there is anything I can give mentoring assistance with. Thank you Caja, for keeping the mentoring program alive