I’m excited to feature someone I have had the pleasure of watching blossom into the amazing photographer she has become, Gina Manning. Her work is so unique and colorful in the best ways, she can catch the perfect moment in just one second that you can feel radiate through the shot when you look at it. Enjoy this insider with her and make sure to check out her amazing work while you’re at it.
My name is Gina Manning and I am obsessed with the beautiful and the unattainable.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by everything, I am all about the little stuff, the details. It could be the smile I got from a stranger across the room or the way the wind passed through me as I walked down the street during the most perfect Spring day. I am inspired by the people I surround myself with. Passionate people who follow their dreams regardless of how scary and uncertain that path may be!
Is there a message you want to send with your work?
There are always messages in my work, but I’m not always keen on telling people what I want them to get from it. I truly believe it’s not my job to force you to see something. It’s my passion to convey my feelings and my experiences through my photos. It’s my passion to share my work with people and one of my favorite parts of that process is hearing what others get from it, without my influence. I already see what I want to see from my art – what’s really magical is seeing it an entirely different light from someone else’s eyes!
When/how did you start creating?
I started creating with photography in my Grandmother’s attic, I’d spend all night taking photos of objects and figuring out the weirdest edits I could possibly make with the most out of touch photo editing software available… at that time I didn’t even know how to save the edits, so I would just take photos of them again when I was done haha.
What keeps you motivated?
Having a significant other who is also in the creative fields keeps me super motivated, and having artistic roommates and studio mates puts me in amazing artistic environments! People motivate me, interactions, dreams – sometimes a terrible day can motivate the hell out of me. I’ve been in places in my life where I’ve stayed seemingly unmotivated for months, but eventually I crack from the sheer madness of not having created something. Sometimes I am overflowing with ideas, other times coming up with a starting point is the most daunting task – but the key is to push through it all, to never stop creating! That is so damn important. Discipline and going forward with a blind eye to failure. Failure is all around us, and it is the biggest hurtle we are always going to have to jump if we want to get to where we are going.
If you stepped foot onto a planet based on your work, what would you see?
Lots of gorgeous, decadent woman… and lots of color, whether it be subtle or vibrant.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
Digital and film photography.
If you could collaborate on a large scale project with another artist, who would it be?
Lady Gaga. I’m always going to be a fan of that damn talented bombshell. You could take away any one of her talents and she’d have 100 others to back it up. I admire her drive and absolute commitment to her art.
How would you describe your style of creation?
I collaborate. I come up with an idea that is GLUED into my brain and put it on paper. I reach out to the artists I am currently inspired by and send them my mood board. I talk to them in depth about their inspirations and what they get from the mood board. By the time we are all together on set – we are this unstoppable monster out to make something absolutely magical. Everyone brings their own creation to set. When I take photos — I want to run wild with shots while my crew runs wild with hair/makeup/styling/posing. All complimenting one another. I’ll never work with someone to tell them exactly what I want. I’ll work with someone because I am obsessed with what they could bring to an idea!
If you could exhibit your work anywhere in the world, where would you want it shown?
I’d love to have a swanky art exhibit with tea and croissants in the heart of Paris! And then after that it would be all about the after party, I am always all about the after party… What’s better than sharing your work? Celebrating all the people who helped make it happen! Think about dancing in the rain… at the after, after party!
What is your life aesthetic and how does it translate into your work?
I do what I want, when I want to. I don’t let any mold define or hold me back. I don’t care what man made provisions have been created – if there is an idea stuck in my head; I am going to make it happen. It translates heavily into my work, I am never satisfied with an average photo, and I love when the people I work with bring their inner creative dreams into a project.
David Bowie was my first crush and my first concert… when I was 7 and madly madly in love with him. After the concert I kept the ticket in a little wooden box in my room that was filled with glitter hearts… and I opened it everyday.
Never give up, stick with the thing you want to do in life. You’re never going to get old and be mad at all the time you spent pursuing your dreams – just the time you wasted at jobs, people and things you didn’t enjoy. Your life is made up of experiences, not money or materialistic possessions – you won’t need a single one of those things in the end.
Don’t forget to check out all of her social media and her work linked below!
Handle for Twitter and Instagram: @gina_gizella
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