Sanja Marušić is good … but when she’s behind her camera, she’s even better! Her pictures are just pure escapism to be enjoyed every minute. It makes you feel like in another dimension and from time to time that’s something we’re all craving for. Just being there in the moment, trying to have a connection with your inner-self in a way that brings you comfortably numb. The abstract and unique vision she represents is a remarkable dichotomy of reality and imagination.
There’s something about your pictures, something out of place. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I find my inspiration in paintings like Mondrian and 30’s Russian abstract art. But also, Dada ballet and the creative agency Hipgnosis; they made a lot of famous LP and cd covers in the 70’s/80’s and also made super cool music videos.
You like to use a lot of color into your work. How do you create these images?
Yes, the use and choice of color are very important for me. I don’t really have a specific way of doing it. I just edit both digital and analog, using my own magic.
As a mixture of Dutch and Croatian blood she likes to be in control, therefore she often makes portraits of herself wearing self-made costumes, to express the ideas she has in mind exactly like she wants it. Surrounded by vast landscapes she submits to the simplicity of a timeless imagery while adding colorful illustrations. Her experimental approach to composition, materials, and manipulations lead to dreamlike, cinematic yet intergalactic scenes, playing with our relation to the subconscious.
What’s your current state of mind?
Today is Saturday and I just came back from the studio where I'm working on something new. It involves making sets together with a designer and I'll be photographing indoor for a change. It's my first time and I'm really excited about it. Tomorrow is the shooting day so I am a bit nervous, but the good kind of nervous!
Analog or digital and why?
I think I'll choose analog because of I like analog pictures more. The colors, grain, contrast, ... it’s just a completely different vibe. Ironically, I shoot digital because I like to have control, knowing how it will look like and I love the photoshopping afterwards. Which you can also create with analog pictures but the development and scanning of the pictures is just something I haven't enough patience for.
You just published your first photobook. How do you feel about it? Is it something you’d like to do more often?
Yesterday I got chosen as one of the best photobooks of 2017 by a big Dutch newspaper. I am really happy about that. And yes, I would love to make more photobooks.
Which is the best background music to inspire you in a photoshoot?
I love psychedelic 60’s music!
What’s your opinion about photo editing programs and how does it influences the world of photography?
I love the use of more extreme photoshopping as long as it is done with good taste. I don’t think it influences photography that much these days as people have always edited their photos but before they did it with their hands in the dark rooms instead of with a computer. Now it's more practical, therefore it's a less big step to do it more often.
Her first photobook will give you an extensive overview of her last six color-coordinated series. You can place your order here.