"I don’t capture photos, I create them from nothing in my studio… not as one would perceive them in reality but as imagined images. To do this, I build from an idea. Choosing the right model to direct is crucial. I am completely self-taught and perhaps because of that, I am fearless."
Photographic Artist, Lisa Powers was born in the South of France and moved to New York with her family when she was 10 years old. She currently lives and works in New Zealand. Lisa quit her day-job as proof reader for a small advertising agency to become a janitor in a large commercial photo studio. Ambitious to become a professional freelance commercial photographer, she learned by watching the studio photographers work in the daytime and then used the space to shoot with models at night.
“I learned more by experimentation than technical correctness since I had no technical knowledge. This was in the film era. I was one of the few women working successfully in commercial photography, an industry which was (still is) largely male-dominated.”
In 2009 she took a big risk to relocate (with her four kitties) from New York to New Zealand.
“It took a while for the dust and kitty litter to settle but when it did I changed from commercial photographer to Photographic Artist.”
With several successful gallery exhibits to her resume, Lisa’s "WanRong: The Last Empress of China" is currently on exhibition at The Buddhist Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand, till 17th October.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist