Instagram Creators Presents: Camila Cornelsen

Check out Camila’s account @camilacornelsen

The Instagram Creators series highlights the best artists emerging on the platform.

CURATED: Introduce yourself!

CAMILA CORNELSEN: I am a photographer, cinematographer, GIF maker, DJ, musician… I’m doing a lot of things at the same time.

C: How did you get started creating the work we see on your Instagram?

CC: I’ve been photographing since 2001 and more professionally since 2005. Cinematography came into my life only in 2012, but I was already thinking about video formats a little while before. I believe when Instagram added the possibility to upload videos on the grid a lot changed for me. The 3D GIFs I was already doing for a while suddenly got a new place to be posted.

C: How has technology inspired you?

CC: I thought I was more an analog kind of person. I love my old cameras and film processing. And, then in the end of 2016 I got an iPhone 7 plus (I had an iPhone 5 for 4 years). I started trying the new camera features while I was on my sets and I was amazed by the results. So, I started filming and photographing and posting on IG Stories. From that point on I got addicted in discovering new apps and getting better on my storytelling.

C: What kind of community are you speaking to through your work?

CC: I’m not really into posting personal stuff or things about me. If it’s about me it’s subtle. So, my narratives on IG Stories are super visual and I believe that the people who follow my work are always in search of that.

C: What do you need to do your best work?

CC: A cup of tea.

C: When do you know a piece of work is finished?

CC: I believe in first ideas; they’re always very genuine and they have not been polluted by other things. So, when I get the concrete result of this first idea I’m satisfied with the job. When the work requires collaborating with other people this time is a little stretched because, of course, new ideas are added.

C: What’s a project you are most excited about right now?

CC: I’ve always liked to mix medias: analog with digital photo, performance with video projection, and music. There was a project I wanted to do a long time ago, but it involved neon lights. Then I thought about it, and I would have needed to spend some money I didn’t have. Now I have someone to collab with me and this idea might come off of the paper.

C: How do you challenge yourself to get better at your craft?

CC: Always to try to step up the previous work, do a little more, try something else, cross boundaries that I hadn’t before.

C: Who is on the top of your playlist right now?

CC: I love my “Discovery Weekly” playlist from Spotify — they really get me! But, some artists like Syd, ABRA, Jorja Smith have been there for weeks now… and always the goddess Sade.

C: What inspires you?

CC: I believe my ideas come from a lot of situations: blank spaces, crowded and messy environments, repetition, routine, break of the routine, silence, and good music.

C: Who are your favorite follows right now?

CC: @polinakarpova.jpg, @immediate.justice, @max.slobodda, @adrienneraquel, @moodmerchant

C: If you had more time, what would you be doing?

CC: Studying languages and piano.

Watch Camila’s interview with Instagram below.

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