Haunt meets… Darina

The latest in our series of creative profiles focusses on photographer Darina.

Photography by Darina
Interview by Emily Beard

Self portrait by Darina

Hi Darina! Tell us a little about yourself for those who aren’t familiar.
Hey! I’m a film photographer and Stylist currently based in the North East of England.

Do you remember taking your first photograph?
No funnily enough, I’ve been taking photos for only about a year and a half and the beginning is so blurry to me, it was never something I actively sought to get into. The first photo I took was probably somewhere in Melbourne.

Would you say living in the north has an influence on your work at all? How is it living there compared to where you grew up?
I think living up North has a greater influence on my work ethic more than anything. Compared to other cities I’ve lived in it’s a lot harder to create up here so you have to work a lot harder to make things happen. I’m originally from Belarus and spent my early childhood there but me and my parents migrated in the early 2000’s so I’d say I grew up in the North.

We meet you for a day out, where do we go?
My house. I love being in a comfortable environment when I meet someone for the first time, so having good conversation and some jazz playing while I cook a nice meal would be perfect.

Whose work do you enjoy/find inspiring?
First person that comes to mind is Xavier Dolan, that guy literally kills me. A Directorial debut at 19 with an amazing film, followed by a series of other amazing films, it’s fantastic! Also my best friend Laura is a photographer and her work is so raw and honest, I find that super inspiring.

Do you have a muse of character you refer to for inspiration?
Right now I really enjoy photographing people in my age bracket, the early twenties is such an interesting transition! Everyone around me is slowly growing up and learning so many important lessons in life. It’s pretty beautiful.

If you had to describe you work to someone who couldn’t see it, what would you say?
It’s my nostalgic daydream. My friends dressed in vintage pieces all shot on film. I have an obsession with making people look like they’re from a different time.

Who has been your favourite person to photograph/your favourite shoot you’ve done?
I went down to New Plymouth in New Zealand before I left and shot my friend Sam in his hometown. He’s probably my favourite person to shoot because I love his look so much and he has such an heir of quietness to him which I find really enchanting. That shoot is also my favourite, it was such a beautiful day, we drove around New Plymouth and shot in Maize field on someone’s farm, then went back to his with my friend Molly and watched films all night.

If you could photograph anyone, alive or otherwise, who would you pick?
Michael Pitt Circa 2003 when he starred in ‘The Dreamers’

And finally do you have any advice/mantra you live by?
Everything will be okay in the end.


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