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Richard Griletz

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August 24, 2016

 

Who are you?

I'm Richard Griletz, an Austrian based Photographer. I studied Sociology, which definitely has influenced my photography. Most of my topics revolve around social circumstances. Photography for me is a means to communicate what I see. Most of the time it's impossible for me to put it into words.

 

What are you inspired by?

I get inspired by traveling, by art, by interesting encounters and most of all by new and different experiences. I'm sure my creativity would die if I get stuck in routine and don't leave my comfort zone every now and then.

 

What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was Vor der Morgenröte, an Austrian production. It is about the Author Stefan Zweig's last years in exile. It was remarkable how the story was told. Sober but with a strong impact. Told more in pictures than explained in speech. That's what I like as a photographer.

 

What was the last book you read?

Currently I'm reading Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge. In this book the anthropologist describes his experiences as an apprentice of an indigenous shaman. The totally different understanding of reality is fascinating for me.

 

Do you have any role model?

I think I never really had a concrete role model, but in every interesting person I meet, I may find some adorable traits. So my role model is maybe a mix of all my inspiring encounters.

 

What is your next creative project?

Who can tell? I have some things in mind but not concrete enough.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

About portfoliobox I like the fast, easy to learn and intuitive surface. I hardly needed any tutorials. And I think it didn't take me much time to finish the website.
 

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Alejandra Vargas Diaz

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August 23, 2016

 

Who are you and what are you inspired by?

My name is Alejandra Vargas Díaz. I was born in Mexico City, 1979. I have a BA in graphic design. I feel that growing up in such a rich full, diverse and intense country as Mexico is, gave me a special sense for colour as tool to communicate states of mind and emotions. Mexico is a very visual, very textured country. You never stop getting input. Whether it is the food you eat, music, nature, arts crafts, traditional textiles, smiles, people, chaos… Mexico is loud and very very dynamic. I danced classic Ballet for 10 years during my youth, and I still love dancing. After high school I got a scholarship which covered 85% of the costs of my career. This gave me the chance to get into the UDLA Puebla, Mexico where I was working everyday as part of the Emergency team that they had, and study graphic design. Of course I couldn’t really focus 100% on my studies since I was always carrying a walkie talkie with me. I would rush out of classes to attend the emergency, and this meant maybe leaving for half an hour or a couple of hours. I saw really harsh things. Any way… During my studies I loved classes where I would use materials and technics before a computer to develop projects. I got my BA diploma and left Mexico.

I left my country 11 years ago. I met my husband during a working trip thru Mexico of his own in 2004. When I finished my BA degree we moved back to his hometown Münster, Germany. From one day to another I was away from my family, my friends, my roots, my language… everything was highly contrasted. This country gave a completely different perspective of design, aesthetics and lifestyle. I learned German and suffered for first time in my life a very very cold winter. During this time my work got more minimalistic and structured; however colour and textures remained as a must in my work. After 3 years of living in Germany we went to Barcelona looking for some sunshine and new perspectives. Münster was too small for a girl who grew up in big cities. There I worked for a German online advertisement and marketing Agency and with I started paying my personal creative projects which started taking form some years ago, including Photography and Graphic exhibitions in Barcelona, Spain; Kortrijk, Belgium and Münster, Germany… After 8 years we decided to move again and we are now living in Berlin and again searching for new input.

Me and my husband love to travel so this turned into one of our basics. Traveling enriches you from within; Inspires you and educates you. It actually shows you how connected you are to everyone everywhere. I know living in Europe has given this chances. Having almost 30 days of vacations a year…Many people who live here are not really aware of the gift that it is to be able to move around through so many different countries; no visa. To have doors open to a complete different culture, language, landscape… just some hours away from your home. For me is a complete delight. Working here has giving me the chance to travel not only here, but outside Europe. Visiting countries in South East Asia, North Africa, Europe, North America. Grabbing a small backpack, camera, smartphone and go… We never pay hotels. Always went on really cheep  camping, or got into cheep hostels, now since one year we got a VW Van. Always away from tourist spots, closer to local people. The more I travel the more I know it should be part of the education system. It expands your mind and clears clichés. It’s wonderful for creativity. It’s wonderful for society and its an eraser for mind-borders. You don’t have to go to the other side of the planet to travel and to start expanding your mind. Music, food, travel, nature, people… It’s just a question of opening your eyes, paying attention to the noises around you, tasting the flavours you are eating, feeling the textures of the surroundings… that is all inspiring. 

I am interested in creative disciplines such as Photography, Visual Design and Crafts. This are all the main channels for my work. I am an intuitive artist, which means concepts and realisation of every project must come to life as a result of self identification with the subject. My direct interaction to it. There will always be linked to an emotion or a state of mind; a product of contemplation of the subject as a being. Whether it is a person, or an object this main character must get it’s own personality in the image of my work. I don’t centre my attention on using only one technic. I pretty much enjoy working with different materials while doing graphics. 

For my photography work I am an environment observer. I look for something beautiful in the picture; it can be a composition of texture or colours or both. It can be a story behind the picture, or a metaphor, a message.  It can be turning an object into a character with emotions. A critic. 

A very good friend of mine told me once I have an oneiric and theatrical perception. That I look for beauty in everything I photograph. If I don’t get to feel an emotion or a dilated pupil, I don’t go for it. My process must be meditative, it has to mean something because specially with photography is catching that momentum which is gone afterwards. I look to enjoy every creative work I do. If not, why should I do it then? It’s pain full not enjoy something you do, and the result is definitely better when you do. So my personal values have a big weight. 

 

Do you have any role model?

Marina Abramovic. She has such a powerful way of turning daily rituals and encounters into strong thoughtful experiences. I love how she is able to bring you completely into the moment, and caught you into deep analysis and question yourself. Very emotional work. I love that she looks for interacting directly with the viewers. 

Erwin Wurm. He is another great artist who is interested in everyday objects, and who plays around with his sculptures and the spectator, who becomes very important in his work. This artist-spectator interaction I find exquisite, I love the humour behind his pieces, and how you find the familiarity of everyday’s actions in his work. 
 

 

What was the last book you read?

Tantra Illuminated: The Philosophy, History, and Practice of a Timeless Tradition by Christopher D. Wallis. - The Philosophy of this book is what interests me. 

 

What was the last movie you watched?

B-Movie which is actually an essay film from the West-Berlin Avantgarde music and art scene from 1979 to 1989. Powerful video collage of real memories and experiences for a fabulous music/art scene.

 

What is your next creative project?

I have a photography project on the table called Intimate Spaces.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

That it is an intuitive user interface platform which lets me promote my work in a clean and consistent design, and, the most important of all, a very friendly team who will help me with my doubts.

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Lukáš Klingora

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August 19, 2016

 

Who are you?

My name is Lukas Klingora and I am 21 years old. I live in Czech Republic. I have been interested in photography since I was 16. I use fine art photography for showing relationship between people and nature.

 

What are you inspired by?

I am inspirated by nature especially by animals.

 

What was the last movie you watched?

Looking: The Movie.

 

What was the last book you read?

The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy by Laurent Gounelle.

 

Do you have any role model?

I like getting inspired by life and work of other people, but I can't choose only one role model.

 

What is your next creative project?

I am going to continue with my project "Wild" with animals which I didn't use until now.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

Easiness, clarity, speed

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Stefan Stalio

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August 18, 2016

 

Who are you?

I’m Stefan Stalio, I’m half greek half german and I live in Berlin with my Girlfriend and my Son. I started Photography about 6 years ago with a Canon A-1 and learned to develop films and expose photos wich helped me a lot to understand the interaction of light and time. While studying Photography I assisted several Photographers and that’s where I learned the most.

I’m working as a professional people, sports and commercial Photographer.

 

What are you inspired by?

I get Inspiration from movies, music, other photographers and my girlfriend. Great things come to my mind when I don’t think about any specific thing or when I do sports.

 

What was the last movie you watched?

My last Movie I watched was The Big Short.

 

What was the last book you read?

My last Book was: Read this if you want to take great photographs by Henry Carroll. Great to recall the simple basics of photography and learn stuff you didn’t notice or overlooked in the beginning. 

 

Do you have any role model?

I don’t have a particular role model. I admire people who are successful in what they love to do and don’t brag about it. In photography I love the work of Joachim Baldauf, Janine Marold and Matt Hawthorne.

 

What is your next creative project?

My next project is about people and the connection to their car. I think people choose their car in a kind of like they choose their pet. For instance look, character, size etc.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

It’s simple, easy to work with and I like the clean look of the templates. Also the support is very helpful and fast.

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Quirien de Leeuw

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August 16, 2016

 

Who are you?

My name is Quirien de Leeuw, photographer living in The Hague, Netherlands. My photography must be real and pure. Besides streetphotography and portraits, I also do editorial photography.

 

What are you inspired by?

Salvidor Dali, Africa, Mccurry, Cartier Bresson, vanFleteren, Martin Parr and many more.

 

What was the last movie you watched?

Thatcher, the Iron lady.

 

What was the last book you read?

Max Havelaar, a classic dutch novel about dutch colonialism in Dutch East Indies.

 

Do you have any role model?

The biography of Nelson Mandela really inspired me, like many other people I think.

 

What is your next creative project?

I'm planning to extend my street-portraits project of South Africans.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

The beauty of the template designs and the very user-friendly way of creating an aesthetic portfolio website.

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Patricia Mato-Mora

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August 15, 2016

 

Who are you?

I am an artist, designer and educator currently exploring the spatial, architectural and narrative capabilities of clay. I am interested in the ability of spaces to act as vessels for storytelling and collective imagination. My current research focuses on the relationship between human and clay bodies; between sexual encounter, materiality and creation.

I studied architecture at the Architectural Association, in London, and have practiced internationally as an artist, designer and journalist. I co-founded and run the enterprise Drawing the City, and currently teach architecture and interior architecture. Academically, her design briefs question the material configuration and craftsmanship of spaces. I have worked in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Cameroon, the USA, China and Japan. My work has been exhibited and published internationally.

 

What are you inspired by?

My works have spaces and the life within them as a point of departure. I am interested in the capacity of spaces to act as vessels for storytelling and collective imagination – I think it is stories in spaces, not the spaces themselves, that shape human experience. At the same time, I am interested in manifesting, through my work, ‘the flow of the universe’, that what happens ‘of itself’. Natural growth formations are beguiling - my latest body of work is in fact an ode to natural growth patterns, particularly those found in submarine settlements. 

 

What was the last movie you watched?

The last time I went to the cinema I watched The Danish Girl, although I watch movies at home quite regularly. Pan's Labyrinth I think was the last one I watched, maybe for the millionth time. 

 

What was the last book you read?

I love to read and always find inspiration in myths, legends and novels. The last book I have finished is Dear Life by Alice Munro. I am currently reading The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan and look forward to La Fiesta del Chivo by Mario Vargas Llosa which has been haunting me from my bedside table for years. 

 

Do you have any role model?

I admire several people for different reasons, personal, artistic or intellectual; but I don't think I have singled out a "role model" that I look up to religiously. Who do I think is a role model for tenacity? Probably my grandfather. But a role model in terms of my art? That's a more complex question to answer; and in fact, the answer changes all the time. I will discover a certain artist and research everything they have ever made, trying to imbue myself with their sensibility. Then I will discover another and the cycle starts again. 

 

What is your next creative project?

I have various exhibitions coming up, as well as an artist residency in Stockholm next year. 

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

 

Where do I start? 

I have been a long-term customer of Portfoliobox. I like it more and more as time goes by. In the beginning I loved the very clear interface that showed me how to create my website for the very first time, when I was very much a novice. Since then, I have created at least another 4 websites using the service, for myself and others. 

The customer service is absolutely fantastic - they always respond promptly within 24 hours. Others have said this already but you can't really overstate the quality of the Portfoliobox customer service. Another thing I really like is the SEO and e-commerce tips that can be found in the Help section. 

Finally, I have recently upgraded my site to Portfoliobox 3 (their new interface), and I must say it offers amazing new possibilities. Highly recommended. 

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Chris Maddox

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August 12, 2016

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Who are you?

I'm an American visual artist based in Madison, Wisconsin. My work explores the nature of cultural and geopolitical boundaries, and the thresholds of human perception of space and information. A fascination with escapist strategies common in contemporary society, such as fantasy, gaming, vacationing, entertainment media, drugs and meditation and so on, is informing my most recent creative exploration. I utilize whatever means or media are necessary to realize ideas, but academic work in printmaking, graphic design, advertising and photography certainly influence various aspects of my process and style. My recent work, which culminated in a series of three solo exhibitions titled Beneath the Underdog, Blunder Drawings, and Test Me, reference 21st century music culture, crowd-sourcing, graffiti, and postmodern conceptions of authorship, appropriation and pastiche. 

 

What are you inspired by?

I'm inspired by literature, travel, great contemporary innovators of music, art, philosophy and society, and the unbridled enthusiasm all children have for their world.

 

What was the last movie you watched?

...was The Forbidden Room by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin. I've recently been working through his entire body of brilliant work.

 

What was the last book you read?

I just finished reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, which I took on for both pleasure and research. 

 

Do you have any role model?

At the moment, Rainer Maria Rilke's book Letters to a Young Poet is the closest thing I could cite to a role-model presence in my internal world.

 

What is your next creative project?

One current project, titled “≠”, investigates, through print and audio-visual works, transformations of content and perception that occur when a written literature work is translated. My study concentrates on two versions of “The Garden of Forking Paths”, a short story by Jorge Luis Borges. I'm also working on an artist book project called Missing, that investigates the nature of losing [things].

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I like that on Portfoliobox I'm able to easily produce a website that functions as an authentic extension of my own identity. Here I'm able to keep the design and navigation incredibly simple and very easy to navigate. My work, and simple matters of taste (like type style/formatting, color choices, and a no-nonsense aesthetic) communicate all that I need to get across. I also appreciate that I can use several different portfolio formats. Some groups of my work feel best in a long, blog-like indefinite vertical scroll, and some read better in a slideshow format.

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Carlota Terenas

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August 11, 2016

 

Who are you?

My name is Carlota and I'm a Portuguese freelance illustrator/animator/designer. I have a Masters in Architecture and I have also been taking a variety of courses over the years, from Graphic Design to 3D Modelling. My passions - at least at this point in time - are Illustration, Motion Graphics and playing the drums.

 

What are you inspired by?

I'm inspired by the awesome artsy stuff I see everyday (from music to sketches), by peculiar people and also by the high of looking at something right after I finish it (because after one or two days I tend to not love it anymore).

 

What was the last movie you watched?

Spirited Away, by Hayao Miyazaki.

 

What was the last book you read?

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. 

 

Do you have any role model?

Hayao Miyazaki, Richard Williams (the animator), Aldous Huxley, Virginia Woolf, Kenzo Tange, Bjarke Ingels, and many others.

 

What is your next creative project?

I'm usually doing various projects/experiments at the same time, it's the only way I can constantly learn new stuff. Just keep visiting the website, there's always something new coming up!

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I like the user friendly environment and effective customer help.

 

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Konstantin Benhardt

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August 10, 2016

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Who are you?

My name is Konstantin Benhardt and I'm a 27 years old freelance photographer based in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. I shoot mainly architecture, nature and cityscapes/landscapes. And I love street photography. All my work is done with available light. No studio work, no flashes. Just a camera, light and myself.

 

What are you inspired by?

I'm inspired by so many things. For example I'm inspired by the nature, her diversity and colors. Also architecture, the forms and details can be very inspiring for me. Last but not least I'm inspired by the daily life, the interaction of people with their environment.
Lately I'm strongly inspired by doors. Doors are fascinating. You can go through a door and end up in a different world. You never know what is behind a closed door.

 

What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was Whiplash by Damien Chazelle with Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons.

 

What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was Under the dome by Stephen King.

 

Do you have any role model?

I have no particular role model. There are too many great photographers and creative workers out there!

 

What is your next creative project?

My next project will be a book. I'm planning on releasing a book with my street photography.

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

Mostly I like  the slick and minimal design options on portfoliobox. It's very easy to achieve a cool and modern homepage. And the best of all is the opportunity to get an individual domain. In the future I like to try the e-commerce options on portfoliobox.net. I like the idea to have an own online-shop for prints. Keep the good work going!

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