IN CONVERSATION WITH ANEEKA MANKU
Aneeka Manku is a photographer based in England whose journey is inspired by ordinary life and that in which it embodies: land, nature, architecture, people, objects, interactions and the destruction. Her photography is simplicity, emotion and stillness. In her photography, her subjects are often lone, still and quiet and she uses colour depicted to her feelings. Aneeka shares her series "SpainCollective 2019" which assembles her journey to Valencia, Cuenca and The Pyrenees. Focusing on high contrast, Aneeka portrays a series that is homely, intriguing and a view into a bright and beautiful country.
When and how did you start getting interested in photography?
I’ve always had a keen interest in photography but didn’t pursue it until very recently, around 1-2 years ago, when my partner gifted me my first DSLR camera. I guess my interest began from a very young age when I would take pictures at family gatherings and on holidays.
Do you have a favourite quote/lyric/saying that resonates with you the best?
"Don't shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like." David Alan Harvey.
"….what matters most is that each picture stands out on its own, with its own place and feeling." Steve McCurry.
Both quotes deeply resonate with me because I always feel that there are two captures for each photograph - one is with your eyes and the second with the camera. There is feeling attached to each capture and what you are trying to do is best portray that feeling through your own creative, technical and editorial style. A finished photograph should feel whole, and completely focused on that moment.
Simplicity, feeling and stillness is what best sums up my work.
Where do you find your inspiration?
It may be cliche, but inspiration is anywhere and everywhere! Unless I am going out to shoot a specific event or experience, inspiration is usually instigated on daily journeys and ordinary routines. For me, what becomes to be the subject, sparks inspiration by itself.
Who are your favourite artists or photographers?
Quite a few but a couple I would highlight are:
Steve McCurry - I absolutely love his work as it feels very real and true to the people and places captured. The visual outcome is simply beautiful, particularly with use of colour, something with I love to play with in my own Photography.
Alexander Bronfer - Bronfer’s work stands out among many for me. His style is simplistically unique, yet each photograph speaks volumes. The finish of his photographs create depth and add to the overall feeling of the image itself.
Where is your favourite place to shoot?
I wouldn’t say I have a favourite place to shoot, each experience is different and not be compared.
Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?
No I haven’t, photography is my first and solely pursued artistic passion…so far!
“When I am not out photographing, I (like to)...
Besides reading and a love for the outdoors, you would find me researching psychology-related topics - another passion which I will be taking one step further by studying for my MSc in Psychology this year. Sometime in the future I would like to incorporate psychology within my photography, working with other collaborators on social and community projects."