Thursday, April 16, 2009

Noella (noellalynn)

here is the tenth (i think) interview with noellalynn!
where are you from?
I am from Florida, but I consider myself Canadian because I have dual citizenship, but I don't know if that counts. Haha.

how did photography become an interest of yours?
Well around Christmas time I was googling because I was bored over break, and in one of the image searches, I saw Flickr. From there on forth, the idea of creating emotion through a single image took me by a whirlwind. Soon enough I was secretly using my dad's cannon, and then my mum saw me. That Christmas I received two cameras, and since then I haven't been able to put them down!

what equipment do you use?
I primarily shoot with my digital Nikon Coolpix P6000, but I also use a Cannon Rebel XT. But I just discovered that my family has about 6 old film cameras, which I am dying to try out when I can get film.

what is your most vivid dream?
My most vivid dream? Oh, gosh. I have so many of them, because when I sleep, my only dreams are nightmares. Wow, um… I’d have to say one the most striking nightmares was where there was a room full of people I love, friends, family, and at the time my boyfriend. Everybody started getting angry at one another and pulled out weapons. Soon enough everybody was killing each other, even I was killing people. It finally got down to myself and one other person. I stood in front of them, ready to stab them with a knife, and then I realized who was standing in front of me. I killed myself instead to let them live. I wish I remember who that person was; I guess I just loved them most at the time. But that was one that hurt me the most of all my dreams.

what is your favorite subject(s) to photograph?
My favourite subject would have to people. I love photographing my friends; they’re so much fun, and very creative.

are there any main themes and ideas you try to convey through your photography?
There isn’t any one theme or idea; I just try to express whatever I am feeling at the time through my photos. Some of them really scare me, but they help me understand who I am. I have realized a lot about myself through my photos, and I hope that others can feel those emotions through my photos too, or discover their own.
do you have a favorite photographer?
Oh! I absolutely ADORE Tim Walker! His photographs are genius, but I also love a lot of the photographers on Flickr, in fact I am often blown away by them.

what inspires you most?
Random things inspire me, quiet walks along the beach, or the sound of the leaves crinkling in the wind on a spring day. Really anything that makes me stop and say, “I wish I could stay here forever.”
how do you prepare for a shoot (like do you have an idea before you shoot, or do you just take your camera out and take pictures), and how long does it usually take you to do a shoot?
When I have an idea, I will sit down and sketch it out. This way, I can figure out every little detail. Then I pass my creativity book along to my best friend, and she looks over it, answering any questions I scribbled down in math class, and adding creative details. Often times, I don’t even look at that sketch, I just do whatever comes, but I will keep to the idea. It usually takes me about an hour, because I discover new things to add to the photo while I shoot.

what are you favorite songs/books/movies?
Oh, wow, I’m such a movies/book/music fanatic; it’s so hard for me to choose.

Song/Artist: I love the Beatles, but that’s a given for me. My all time favourite song would have to be Let It Be, or Eleanor Rigby. I change favorites all the time, but those will always stay.
Movie: Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, The Dark Night, Titanic, every Harry Potter (I’m a little nerdy.), Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, and a lot of others I cannot think of right now! I really love random, indie movies, or movies that bring about emotion. That pretty much goes with books and music too. It’s really hard for pinpoint exacts, I just love too many.
Book: I love to read, I go through about 3 books every week, even when I have a ton of homework. It’s hard for me to chose, I’ve read a lot of good books. Believe me, I could go on and on.

do you have a favorite photo of yours?
I don’t really have a favourite, favourite. Just ones that I am mildly proud of. But the one I am the most proud of would have to me The Misarranged Mary Poppins, That was the first time I realized I could do decent editing!

Do you have any other interests besides photography?
I love to read, and write. Reading is a way for me to escape, and writing is another way for me to express myself, but because my mum is so nosy, I don’t do much writing anymore.

What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear would be waking up one day and not being able to realize that I have lost myself. I have watched many of my relatives loose their selves to Alzheimer’s Disease. And it scares me beyond death. Imagine not knowing yourself or the people who watch you and love you, then finally realizing who they are. Then having to start over the next day, not even knowing you did the same the day before. It’s so sad, and scares me so much.

What are you really good at and what are you really bad at?
I’m really good at listening, understanding, and figuring out problems. Whether they are math problems, or people problems. But what I’m really bad at is getting my work done when the work doesn’t interest me. I will always get sidetracked, and it sucks because I never get anything done!

How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as someone who helped at least one person save themselves.

What is the craziest shoot you have ever done?
Tough question, any time I am photographing my friends, it’s crazy. We get into so much trouble, and have a ton of fun while doing so.

If you could interview one person (past or present) who would you interview and why?
The Beatles, Any one of the royal monarchies, past and present, Martin Luther King Jr., Beethoven, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Anne Frank, any of the Presidents. They all amaze me, even the bad monarchies or presidents. I’d love to just talk with any one of these people.

Do dreams ever inspire your photos?
All the time, even when I don’t realize. In fact, I am staring a series based upon my nightmares soon. My dreams always serve as inspiration, there’s a little bit of them in every photograph that I take.

what are you currently listening to?
At this moment, Samson by Regina Spektor, I love that song. I have my music on shuffle right now, so it’s changing soon though.

what flickr member would you like to see interviewed next?
Rosie, I think someone should interview you! Haha, you should post it to your blog too! Olivia Bee, Beth Retro, Laurennicole81, Katherine Elizabeth, `Stephen Beadles, aNne(♥), advertising amy, Rosiehardy, Kristine May., allie reed, and you should definitely interview Anna Amphigorously though. And the list goes on…

Me: haha i guess I will just interview myself. Maybe I will do that?

Visit noellalynns flickr stream here!


  1. i have recently come across this blog and absolutely adore it. i love reading about every photographer, they all seem like such interesting people.

  2. Her photos are amazing!
    you should really try to interview yourself! (: