Thursday, September 8, 2011

Featured Artist: Ana Eugenio from Wonderland Photography

This week's featured artist is Ana Eugenio from Wonderland, someone that I came to know from our Raining Umbrella class this Summer.  She has been one true artist that keeps challenging herself in every aspect of her creative world. Her photographs shows the simplest things of every day life that is captured through her unique perspective and layout composition.

I love her Earth Wonder Challenge, that I also listed on the right rail of this blog under 'Challenge Your Creativity"list. Each week you are challenge to take picture of different themes.

Interview with Ana from Wonderland

Please tell us more about yourself as an artist?
I feel I'm more a hobbyist photographer who loves to be creative. there is still so much to learn, so many things I haven't done. I've my Etsy shop but it's mostly because I really like my work and wish to share it with others. all I know for sure is that what I do makes me happy and it's all about having fun. I guess I'm an artist but I still don't feel comfy thinking of me that way.

Who and/or What inspire you as an artist?
Happiness inspires me. anything I find amusing, and many times it's the thrill of what I can do with a certain shot if I get it right. I've some health issues so I don't go out as much as I would like to and many days I find inspiration in our pets and every old little thing we have at home. but what I love the most is to go out with my camera and do some street photography. I didn't think I had it in me and surprised myself with my own boldness. I just love to photograph people! I'm even offering free sessions trying to find people who don't mind being photographed, so I can practice portraits. But you have to live in Porto (Portugal) to have a free session with me.

When did you first discover your creative talents?
When I was a little girl I used to write our family newspaper and I actually became a journalist. I'm retired since 2010 due to my health but writing was my first way of capturing images and feelings. I'm portuguese, so it comes more naturally when I write in my own language but having a blog in english has been a revealing experience. I guess I discovered my creative talents as soon as I learned how to write. Now I try to capture images and feelings through my photography.

How will you describe your style?
I think that is something only other people can answer. I know what motivates me and probably my style is about how I see life but since it's something that comes from my heart I find it hard to describe it in words.

How do you work/creative process?
Honestly! I go with the flow. When I'm outside I'm always thinking how I could tell the story of my day through photography. When I'm home I enter a few photo challenges online (I also have one in my blog that goes on every Wednesday and it's called 'Earth Wonders'). Each challenge usually have a theme, which makes me be more creative each day so it's truly exciting. I'm also learning how to use Photoshop and I love to play with textures and to make my pictures look like paintings or vintage photos. It's really fun. 

What is your dream project?
This is a long term dream but I believe I'll accomplish it: to publish a book with my photos and poetry. Oh! and buy a better lens! to be able to do macro photography, I think it's an amazing world to be discovered.

Do you have any words of wisdom for other artists out there?
Do what makes you happy. Have fun doing it. like that, whatever you do will always be worthwhile.

Wonderland Blog // Wonderland's Earth Wonder Photo Challenge // Wonderland's Etsy Shop

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Live, Love and Be Creative,



  1. thank you dear :) loved being interviewed by you. you really made me think of my work as art. it's an honoured to be featured in such a creative blog. I've backlinked your post as well :) xoxo

  2. I loved this interview :) because of the questions and the answers. I was one of the participants of the very first Raining Umbrellas edition and it's so nice to see people 'changing' by this course. I wish both of you a very inspiring and happy journey through the beautiful landscape which is called creation. Dear greetz and enjoy the colourful, delicate and tender and gifts of Fall! Will you be participating to the next Droplets edition? I would love to see you there!

  3. Yay! Great interview! Lovely of you to interview a raining umbrellas student Ira! :)

  4. I would love to feature everyone at our Raining Umbrella course!... Everyone is just so creative! I learned so much from the class!...

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