Paris-based photographer Emma, also known as Itsjoygrace, transports us to a subtly surreal world of her own making in this series of portraits taken with our new Art Lens. We asked her about her experience with our New Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII Bokeh Control lens as she took it for a spin around the City of Lights, and how it helped her create these intimately composed portraits.
Hello Emma, how are you? Can you introduce yourself?
Hello, very good thank you ! My name is Emma, I’m 21 years old and I’m a photography student, as well as an author-photographer at the same time in Paris, France.
What motivated you to start photography?
I think it came when I was in high school, I have always been very sensitive to the different forms of art, I was thinking of what I wanted to do later, and I came across an old photo album of my parents with lots of film photographs taken during their travels. It all started from there.
You mainly do portraits, is this your favorite subject?
I think we can say that, but I really like to get out of this "comfort zone" by doing fashion and concert photography on the side. However, I always orient my pictures around the human and emotions, it's something that touches me. The shootings when I get to meet people are incredible moments that animate me and inspire me enormously for the future.
What were your impressions of the New Petzval 55mm f/1.7 MKII Bokeh Control ?
I loved it! I was very surprised, it’s totally manual and I did not know if I was going to succeed in mastering it but I actually did very quickly. I was also very happy to discover the sharpness, it is beautiful and leaves a surprising background blur.
What did it allow you to do differently?
With its circular bokeh effect it offered more dynamism to some of my images, I tested things more or less subtle, I found this aspect in any case more interesting in motion.
Can you tell us what inspired you for these series of photos?
I wanted to test this lens with several environments: outdoor without a reflector and a lot of wind and architecture, indoor with artificial light and staging, and in the subway in total improvisation. These 3 shootings allowed me to use it in different situations and to be able to make compositions that I wanted to realize for a while.
One last tip for those who wish to do portraits with the New Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII Bokeh Control ?
Take your time, I would say! Everything is manual, and in my opinion there is no need to rush trying to get the image we want. This way of doing and taking into account each detail offers another vision of the shooting and allows to be more precise in our work. Also be curious to test new things, with the different bokeh levels the lens offers, we can easily tell another story by using the same angle with different features, it is very interesting.