Ellen Rogers: Photographer. Keep Me Striving For Greatness


First of all, Ellen Rogers, thank you so much for this incredible opportunity to share your wisdom and empower people. One day, one of my friends in Spain sent me a link of her photography. Since I took a master degree in Visual Media Communication, I had heard about her, and so I visited the website. Then, I got so impressed by her works that I clearly remember indescribable emotion inside me. Being successful as an artist would be not as simple as being a successful business person, but I believe that it is not only about techniques. Today, we learn how she thinks and connects dots.

Ellen Rogers is an all-analogue photographer and filmmaker. Using traditional darkroom processes and development techniques, Ellen Rogers is noted for the exclusive use of film in her photographic work. Ellen Rogers is best known for her work in fashion photography and portraiture.

-----For those who are not familiar with you, let us know more about you. How did you get interested in the photography and why did you decide to be a professional photographer/artist?

I’ve been taking photographs my whole life, or at least as far back as I can remember. I used to take photographs with my dad and his friends and I always looked forward to shooting long exposures at night and doing complicated or technical shoots. I went to university and studied print making but I found myself channeling everything I made though the filter of photography, like screen prints and photogravure for example. I finally did a masters degree in photography. I became a professional quite be accident, a stylist approached me about a fashion shoot at my masters degree show and it went from there.

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-----When you create your art pieces, what kind of processes you have in your mind? Can you see the final production when you start a new project or the process of creation gives you ideas?

Quite often I’ll have a place in mind; that is to say, I will want to portray an event or realise an idea or emotion I’ve been fixating upon. Quite often it will be a selfish excuse to get something off my chest. It’s like an exorcism to remove an inundation of sensitivity so I can better function in day to day life. I always feel that way, that a more sensitive and pained version of myself makes the work not the practical girl who I usually live in the body of.

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-----What kind of emotions and sensation you get when you have created great pieces?


If I’m honest with myself, I don’t think I’ve ever created great work, and just that thought is enough to keep me striving for greatness, something I genuinely don’t think I’ll ever achieve. As for sensations I get when I work, I love to be practical, and doing something that involves technical skill, I often think that’s quite a wholesome feeling, working with mechanical cameras and film stock.

-----What make great art pieces? (Techniques, concepts, experience, knowledge, intuition etc. ) What is the best mix for you?


From what I can view in other people’s work, when I see greatness, I see a healthy understanding of the medium they are using, a confidence to transfer emotion and ideas effectively to a new medium, a sense of humor and an ability to stick faithfully to your original idea and see it through to its end with patience and respect.



-----What is your typical habit and pattern to breed your fountain of creativity?


Of late, I like to spend time with people who challenge me personally, who don’t tend to agree with me morally or politically, so I can try and see new points of view and ways of thinking. However inspiration changes for me so quickly. I might still be inspired by a story I love or a feeling I lack or something I am burdened with.


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-----Based on your experience, what you can learn in school and what you need to learn outside school to be a successful photographer/artist?


Well, I think university particularly sets you up for meeting deadlines; it took me a while to notice that. That in fact I was already primed for the deadlines I had as a fashion photographer before I had even done my first fashion shoot.

Outside of university, well lingo I suppose, I won’t go into the minutia of words and events but making things like ‘call sheets’ and such was a learning curve to me, but you know, I enjoyed being thrown in the deep end from time to time.

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-----There are many talented people without a lot of exposures and commercial successes. What is the difference between successful and non-successful photographers/artists in terms of their way of thinking and attitude?

Oh that’s a difficult question, and ultimately I think from what I can see the difference is maybe whether or not you want to be notorious. Not everyone does, and really I can’t blame them for wanting their privacy. I personally, would measure talent and success in different ways and don’t consider them always mutually exclusive.

-----If everything is available for you without any limits, what would you like to create?

A photo that can move.


-----If you can make a call to 20-year-old Ellen Rogers, what kind of advices you would give to her?


Ellen, you big silly, no need to be so defensive, aggressive and single minded, you might regret that. In fact I’m certain you will.’



-----If you can leave one message to make the world better, what would be your message?


Do messages make people better? I’m not sure that’s for me to say, and the world is full of individuals who might need individual messages.


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