Talented and true to her passion, Dia Takacsova dips into the creative pool with such love for her work. In this short interview, we had the chance to ask Dia about her work, what it feels like to be in the spotlight at such a young age, and the challenges that come with all of it. Listen as she tells it all in this installment of Tales from the Quarter Life.
Name: Dia Takacsova
What's the earliest memory that stuck with you when you were a kid? What do you think were you doing back then?
Not the earliest memory but these were some of the main ones I recall: growing up in the countryside, family holidays in the Tatra Mountains, my dream of having a horse… I think it was pretty nice. I spent most of my time around horses or outdoors in a small village, later in a small town in Slovakia, Europe.
When and how did you get into photography? What made you fall in love with the medium?
Photography has been a part of my life since I was in high school but it was during my university studies when I had the opportunity to deepen my knowledge about it. We had a photography studio, great lecturers, and the possibility to not only learn but also to attend workshops and do fieldwork. It was - and still is - like a second family. This is also the time when I began traveling and documenting my journeys as well as working on long-term series. Photography became my way of life, it’s how I express the way I see the world. Places, people, and situations that I don’t fully understand really interest me. It’s this urge to know more and to understand the connections between all these elements that I try to capture in my documentary work, and the stories and moments I encounter on the road in my travel diaries.
Any early memory about film photography or film cameras back in the 90’s?
We had a basic film camera for family photos and to capture everyday moments, storing all the memories in large photo albums. My own experience isn’t from the 90’s but I remember getting a Smena 8M camera, using various film cameras borrowed from my friends as well as experimenting with expired films.
Many believe now that our generation's real adult-age is when we hit mid-20's. As a young photographer working as a professional, what were the struggles and challenges you encountered or continuously encountering?
I think we live in an age of information overload this could be great, of course, but on the other hand also distracting: there is so much we should absorb and there is so much we could do; there is this urge to share, and that can create some noise.
There's always a pro and con. What are the advantages of being young in the photography field that you've experienced so far?
There is a creative freedom in whatever tool or medium you want to use and whatever vision you have. Everything is connected: sources, photographers, editors - and I think new ideas are valued and supported regardless of age.
Do you have any photography master or artist who you look up to? Who is it?
There are many artists I admire for their work - some of my recent favorites are Antoine Bruy, Evgenia Arbugaeva, and Zhang Chengzhi.
How do you see future Dia Takacsova in the next 10 years?
10 years is a long time and much can change (and I guess will!), but from my current perspective: documenting the places and people that spark my interest. Working on a book. Working more with multimedia projects. Doing what I love and enjoying the simple moments. Going to the sea often.