Janine Mizéra – Twin Soul Fashion Editorial
This editorial is about opposites who find a strong connection somewhere in the middle, somewhere deep inside two souls. It’s something about the women’s power to find each other no matter what. But to begin with, a more concrete state of things; these young ladies have met in Berlin on a warm day in Spring; it’s then that Janine Mizéra opens the doors to her sensitivity and listens to her intuition to create an unrepeatable series of pictures.
Janine Mizéra is a Hamburg based photographer from Germany. She told us the story behind this editorial, before answering to our questions:
So it happened in Berlin on a summery day this year. Efi came to see us from Greece and Marlene and I saw a connection, a sort of similarity to Marlene’s mother in Efi’s face. So we decided to take pictures together. I realized from this short moment we had together, that they were so different – Efi strong, worldly and full of experience, but so fragile in the same time – Marlene so young, so inexperienced in life and still so strong as well.
I named the series “Twin Souls” because it was an idea I had a while ago. A story about two women so different and yet so similar. So connected and so foreign, so light and so dark. Like Ying and Yang. Ying and Yang are the complete opposites with the ability to build a strong union. These women are so close and so far. One’s head in another’s hand so connected….one glimpse of resentment. I tried to bring their different personalities and their similarities to the light of day. Show light and dark of a strong bond.
Your first project, last project and future project: how would you describe them?
One could describe my first projects in portraiture as dark & mysterious paying homage to film NOIR: A projection of feelings leading to a creative process, and a very personal self-portrait series. A project I’m currently working on concentrates on self reflection as well. It takes a closer look on states of mind, acceptance of the own self and “the skin I live in”, displayed in a romantic sometimes disturbing way.
In the future I plan to travel a lot To meet interesting people and work with Polaroid and film cameras since it is the only real photography in my opinion. I want to learn how to control it in order to create something personal. To create moments, like scenes you could find in a movie, stories of a life.
What do you find inspiring and how would you describe your lifestyle?
There are so many sources of inspiration. The places you travel to, the people you meet, the wind and the waves and the nature. Listening to music or watching a movie can change my view on life within a few minutes – Anything that manages to steal me away from everyday routine and predestined ways for even just a second.
What would you probably be today if you hadn’t followed your dreams of being a photographer, or what is your actual dream?
As a little girl I dreamed of being a painter & a writer writing stories about my toys in little self-made storybooks. In school my dream was to be a fashion designer scene painter for theaters and even a florist. Then I wanted to be a Graphic Designer which has actually been my job for some years now.
My next steps will probably be to get more involved with photography & art in general. Hopefully starting to draw again and someday in my wildest dream is to open a little bakery shop with homemade goods in the depths of France or anywhere else nice. You never know where the wind leads you just like in the movie “Chocolat”.
Artists and events: can you tell us the most interesting that you’ve find in your career until now?
The most interesting moment? Everything! Inspiration never stops. There is no end. There will be always something unexpected someone unexpected. To get deeper into the world of photography, to meet wonderful artists from all over the world in real life, and to experience a moment together is just priceless.
To meet the person behind the lens is always very exciting It leads you out of usual patterns and helps understanding other photographers’ views and ways of creating. To connect with a wonderful model on a personal basis, to understand and see inside each other…I couldn’t name just a single moment.
The place where you were born, the place where you live, the best place where you traveled with your work: can you tell us something that only you know to describe them?
I was born in East Germany when the wall was still separating the country. The first time my parents took me over to West Germany some lovely old people saw me in the car and shoved 50 Deutschmarks between the windows. It was funny how people believed we didn’t have anything but actually I had a very fulfilled & happy childhood The buildings around may have been grey and not particularly beautiful but we created our own little world building caves and telling colorful stories.
Hamburg, my home at the moment, is a station in-between a city full of strangers. Beautiful but crowded. Full of everything and full of nothing.
The place that really moved me lately was Brittany, where I traveled with a friend of mine on a little road trip. Thee coasts, so untamed and wild, the rough romance, the always moody weather… I saw many places before but not many managed to capture my heart and mind in such an intense way. I sucked up all of these moments and feel like I never want to breathe them out. The photos I took are like a silent poem. I want to keep as a treasure. It is the kind of place where you could loose your body to the environment and find yourself pure and calm.
Marlene Pina wearing:
Black Skirt: Zara
Fur Jacket: Kimichi Blue
Blue Dress: Monki
Efi Gousi wearing:
Brown Skirt: Stefanel
Shoes: Tsakiris Mallas
Blue starry Dress: H&M
Photography, Idea and Retouch
Interview by: Nina Sever // Editorial ONLY in the Creative Guide for Curious People