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Nurit Yardeni talks to ePHOTOzine - Prison, attacks and running for her life hasn't put Nurit Yardeni off photography. Here she tells ePHOTOzine a little bit about her life and her love for photography.
"Photography just happened to me some 30 years ago and has never left me since. I realised that this was my way to get over my shyness and express myself to the world."
Without any formal training, how did you learn 'the art' and how did you get 'into' the industry?
"I learnt through observation. I think the technical aspect can sometimes be an impediment to creativity. Without it I can better express myself. I could probably have benefitted from formal training but it would probably be at the expense of my creativity. After visiting the exhibition of Julia Margaret Cameroon at the National portrait Gallery, I met with its curator, Colin Ford CBE, who seemed to like my work. The rest is history."
Working as a photographer do you think the industry has changed? Has it got harder/easier and why?
"The digital revolution had a huge impact on the world of photography, both positive and negative. On the one hand it opened a whole new world of possibilities to professional photographers. On the other hand, the huge improvement in the quality of equipment made it possible for many to achieve excellent results turning the industry into a fiercely competitive one."
Is your job varied? Is everyday different? Does this make your work more enjoyable and a challenge?
"For me every day is a new day with new opportunities and new challenges, both in my professional and personal life. I enjoy every day tremendously."
How did you decide on a topic to photograph? What type of photographer do you see yourself as and why?
"I don’t decide, it comes from within. I use the medium of photography to convey my feelings and impressions of the world spontaneously."
Do you pick your own assignments?
Do you have a style? Or do you just adapt to the situations you find yourself in?
"Both are true. I love to portray people and their environment but I’ll of course adapt myself to any situation I’ll find myself in as best I can."
Do you have a plan when you go out or do you just take photographs as you go along, work 'in the moment' and pick the best at the end?
"Even when I have a plan, I work in the moment and pick the best at the end."
What equipment do you use? Is this a personal preference or one that makes your professional role easier? What one piece can you not be without and why?
"I use a Canon EOS 5D mark II with a Tamron 28mm – 300mm zoom lens. I would find it difficult to achieve the results I want without the zoom lens or an equivalent."
Are you a fan of post-production?
"I rarely use “post production”. I use it only on very rare occasions."
What's the best thing anyone's ever said to you about your work?
"You shoot your pictures, Nurit, with the eyes of the heart... as the Little Prince
recommended to do." Sima Levi and "enchanting, in act mesmerizing photographs!" Professor Zwi WERBLOWSKY."