Avital Giblicky is a photographer who creates images fantastic images balancing her love of color and entusiasm to create one of a kind compositions.
Framing the subject with pops of color in timeless locations, and a finding playfulness in her sujbects, Avi’s compositions have a dream-like quality.
Her dedicated enthusiasm to photography and genuine connection with her subjects has helped to create a core philosophy in her approach to crafting memorable photos.
She was kind enough to take the time to participate in the following interview:
How long have you been a photographer? I haven’t been a photographer for very long, actually. Maybe 2 or so years this fall, but it really has changed how I see the world around me. I look at people differently and constantly wonder about where and who they’ve been in the past and who they’re going to be in the future. Everyone has a story to tell.
What kind of gear do you use? I’m currently working with a Canon Rebel t3i and Sigma Prime lens 35mm. The lens is my baby so I try to take good care of it haha. It’s my pride and joy. I also recently got a film camera to play around with so I’ve been using a Minolta srt-201. Love film photography because it’s a bit meticulous and takes a lot of hands on knowledge, but there’s a reason that digital photography is so popular. Film shouldn’t be forgotten though…#filmisnotdead haha.
How did you discover photography? I remember the first photo that I took that I actually consider the beginning of my journey as a photographer. I was in Washington Square Park in Manhattan with my close friend, model, and original muse. We saw a bearded man with great simple style. We desperately wanted to know more about him so we walked up to him and I told him that I wanted to take his picture because I thought he had impeccable style. We started talking and all I remember how hard my heart was pounding! I have never felt so aware and alive. From there I started taking photos of people on a weekly basis and found a growing start up online publication that was willing to take me on as a daily look director in New York. It was an absolutely dream come true.
How would you describe your style? I love color and bringing it out in any way possible in my photos. I don’t see a consistent style that I like to stick to because I’m still discovering my photography voice, but I will say this…I can’t see myself having one of those styles that are immediately noticeable. If you go on instagram and find an account with a visible theme –minimalist, bright, all black and white. If I tried to do that, I would get so jittery and bored. To me, photos aren’t mean to look the same and they’re all supposed to tell a story through their subjects and themes. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I could have a very distinct and recognizable look, but I am comfortable simply knowing that I’m in the discovery stages and I’m having a blast taking photos and at its core…I never want it to be about making money, because that’s not what it has been about for me. It’s been about connecting to others.
What does photography mean to you? It means freedom and independence. Freedom to create and develop my own unique eye unlike anyone else’s. I can work hard and try to embody another photographer’s style, but photography will feel empty unless I’m excited by it and inspired.
What makes you reach for your camera? It took me a while to find me niche. My friends are singers, actors, teachers, and doctors to be. For the longest time I felt like a bland person with not much to offer, and photography came to me like a light of hope in a time when I really wasn’t happy at all. I would take the camera and photograph and any spare moment I had and that became my escape from the ugly and sad feelings I was having. Eventually, I had to face those problems head on and photography became my constant companion. It’s something you work on, just like any other relationship. You nurture it and work to become a professional. Photography is everything to me.
Is there any subject matter that you off limits to you? If so, why? I didn’t realize that I had boundaries in terms of photography until this year. I was photographing a girl and I felt uncomfortable throughout the photoshoot and I did not realize why until I looked at the photos in post production editing. The jacket was too open and the expression was overly sexual. There was something about it that rubbed me the wrong way. I’ve seen instagram accounts and photographers that are very successful photographing nearly nude women and men, but that’s just not me I’ve found. I simply don’t like to go down that road. I can appreciate it, but I wouldn’t pursue a career in it.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos? I wish that I knew more about inspiring photographers when I started or how to get a job at a photography studio. I really wish that I had taken photography sooner though. We had a class in high school, and I think about where I would be today if I had started that much sooner.
What is one question nobody has ever asked you—that you wish they asked you? Honestly. I’m not sure. Maybe, “Will you come work for me in my studio?” Haha. I really need studio and lighting experience, but I’m sure I can save up, buy my own kit, and look up online tutorials and play around with it myself. Now, I just need the money!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? the 10,000hr rule is a definite key in success”― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success Straight from a genius. What a man this is. This quote has shaped me like nothing else. It pushes me to keep working and to never give up because just past the next turn could be a new level of accomplishment and to reach the title of master, you really have to put in the time and the work. There’s no other way around, and after all there are no short cuts in life.