With a curious mind and a camera as her tool, Ninja Hanna tells us stories out of the ordinary. Radar’s Beata Cervin has met one of the most interesting photographers right now!
How did you first get interested in photography?
– I started out wanting to be an artist. Kind of still do actually. From as early as I can remember, all I ever wanted to do was to paint. And I did. I had the luxury of having my own studio in my house, where I spent most of my free time during my teen years.
– It wasn’t until I was seventeen and took a photography course in school that I realized that this might be something for me. In my late teens I started to be more and more interested in photorealistic painting, and the step over from there to actual photography wasn’t to big of a leap to take. But I didn’t decide to try and make a career of it until around 2007
You have a very specific style. How would you describe it?
– I try not to be to bound to a specific style or to pinpoint what that is. I know myself well enough by now to know I’m not able to perform my best constricted to do a specific style. I think I float in between a few styles. But I do tend to always touch base on some aspects. I love location shooting, especially in nature. And I prefer models with really strong features.
– I do not like to be too realistic. In my opinion I have the real world around me all day every day, that’s more than enough for me. I’m more into trying to build my own dream world in my work instead. I mean, shooting someone looking the way they actually do, in an every day scenario everybody can relate to – I don’t really see the point, haha. I’m more into the fantasy fairytale aspect. I think fashion should be fun.
From where do you get your inspiration?
– Nature and art. But mostly by just walking around and observing what’s around me.
Which pictures in your portfolio would you say represent your style the most?
What is the best thing about being a photographer?
– The possibility to travel and see the world and meet new people.
Do you have a dream person you would like to shoot?
– Still waiting for time travel to become a thing. If that happens, Marie Antoinette, Jean D’Arc or Elizabeth would be so great to shoot. Today, I would have to say Gemma Ward. She’s the model that made me take an interest in fashion in the early 2000’s
What’s the weirdest memory you have from all the shoots you have done?
– I love weird, so all weird moments are good ones. But I mean shooting at Power Meet was a blast!
Do you have any favorite photographers?
– Many many. But all time faves are Mr. Steven Meisel and Sarah Moon.
What’s your goal?
– I’m happy as long as I can make a living on doing what I think is the most fun to do. Just that is such a privilege really.