Hungarian-born photographer Andi Galdi Vinko holds an MA in Photography as well as Art History. Her work glittercum is a personal project featuring models sprayed with glitter and sprouting pony tails from unusual regions. It is the outcome of a bunch of creative minds – hairstylists, make up artists and herself – coming together, working without limiting rules and predefined instructions. She describes this series as an “playful observation on how glitter and rainbow makes everything different, or at least that’s what we are supposed to think, right? This whole new feminism is about being naked and proud of your body – but isn’t it all for the joy of men again?” For more information visit her website www.andigv.com and check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am very indecisive except for when I shoot, this is the only time I know exactly what I want.
How did your photographic career start?
My mother was a photographer, but she stopped when we were born. So I inherited the camera. I tried doing other things but photography is the one I am best in and the one that makes me happy on a daily basis.
Whom do you look up to?
My parents. My friends. People who fight for what they believe in. I get a lot of inspiration from friends, not only those who are artists but also others who work in completely different fields. Sometimes I find myself talking for hours to complete strangers, fascinating characters who are far removed from my social circles. I am mostly influenced by things that I can actually personally experience. An exhibition, a film, or a conversation have a greater impact on me than when I get lost in the internet.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
A lot of people have been helping me throughout the years. Elisabeth Biondi has been a big contributor to my recent international success. Talking to her, showing her my work has been very important to me. Kata Oltai, a curator in Hungary, has also been of great help in my carreer. There are quite a few people I could mention here. I can’t wait to have my book published so I can dedicate it to all those people!
What was your favourite project and why?
I guess it is always the next one. The one that hasn’t happened yet.
Quotes and Wisdoms
How do you define creativity?
It is the excitement you feel for the pursuit of doing and sharing what you believe in while you feed your curiosity. Wow.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
To just do it. I think everybody is creative. They are just afraid of it. Of what other people would think.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
I never had mottos or quotes but I believe in unicorns. I saw a sign in New York the other day, it said: When will you
try do it? I really liked this.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
It is to work even when you think nothing happens. Patience is the biggest enemy for me.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
When I was 21 I was told to listen to those who have my age now – the things I think I know now are constantly changed by the ones who are currently 21. Life is very strange right now. It is so out there, so public and yet so irrational and superficial. I don’t really know anything anymore.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
It is a question I ask myself all the time. You could eventually give up a profession but I don’t think you can give up passion.
All images © Andi GV