Daria Endresen is a talented Norwegian artist, model and photographer from Oslo. She draws inspiration from “her most intimate, personal stories“. Daria uses Canon EOS 5D Mark II, she shoots a lot of dark, surreal and aesthetic portraits.
Tell us a little bit about you:
My name is Daria Endresen, I am 33, living in Oslo, Norway. I enjoy taking and retouching pictures.
How long have you been a photographer?
I got my first DSLR about 8 years ago – I seriously took up photography right after that.
Has portraiture always been a major focus of your photography?
No, my first area of interest was landscape photography. When you are living in Norway, it’s almost a sin not to try that one out. I’m not sure I became good enough at it but it’s been always fun to do, and I still grab my camera whenever I go out into the wild.
How would you describe your style?
I don’t like definitions – they put restraints on what you are trying to express. I’ve heard other people call it “dark fine art photography”, although I suppose my work is a bit closer to digital art, since I spend most of the time retouching my pictures rather than just taking them.
If someone is interested in portrait photography, what would you recommend they try doing to get into the field?
Practice is the key. Get a camera, a lens and a tripod (good equipment is convenient but not essential). Check out other photographers’ work and get inspired. Find a model or a friend who will agree to pose for you. If you have absolutely no one around, use yourself as a subject. Start with natural light, it’s free and easily accessible. Experiment with light set ups and poses. Learn some basic retouch. Repeat until you are satisfied with the result – or better yet never be satisfied and always keep learning smile emoticon
What kind of equipment do you use now, and what did you start with?
I started with Canon EOS 20D and a kit lens – half of my portfolio is done with it. It’s not optimal but it worked. A couple of years ago I switched to EOS 5DM2 (it was actually a very generous present from one of my followers – I am forever grateful to her for this amazing gift). I don’t have a huge array of lenses – the one I use most at the moment is 50mm 1.4. Tripod and remote control also come in handy. And finally I have some studio lights but I use them very seldom.
A photographer who inspires you?
Ah, there are way too many. I can appreciate pretty much any genre, as long as its done well.
Briefly describe a Day in the Life of Daria Endresen!
I am a typical hermit and I spend a good chunk of the day in front of the screen – retouching, designing or playing (I am a bit of a nerd as well). I like taking a stroll, somewhere remote and quiet – to enjoy nature and contemplate in silence. The evening is usually shared between my boyfriend and more work, with occasional movie or book reading in between :)