Lina Kay: Australian Fashion, Editorial, and Conceptual Arts Photographer

Lina Kay: Australian Fashion, Editorial, and Conceptual Arts Photographer


Photography by Lina Kay

“I am a girl floating around in this world waiting for something magical to happen, and it only ever happens when my camera is in my small hands. I have the greatest love affair with my camera, simply because I love all things artistic, creative, emotional, poetic and beautiful. I am an extremely emotional human being and I think that translates through my work and images. When I’m not creating, I am not free. I feel isolated and suffocated because when I hold my camera in my hands, I feel I have just entered a world that only exists in your imagination, or in children’s fairytale books. Its like a door opens to my secret garden. A place that only I can see in my mind and capture through imagery.”

“I feel like over the years, I have developed a style of work that can be recognized by people that have followed my journey. My style is very soft and dreamy and not many fashion photographers incorporate stories in their images. I love telling stories.”

Photography by Lina Kay

“I wish that someone would have told me that this journey is my own and no one else’s. That this road is a unique one and no one can walk it with you. I wish they had told me that comparing yourself to other artist is shooting yourself in the foot and limiting your creativity. I wish they told me that developing your own style is must in the field of photography in order to separate yourself from other artists.”

Photography by Lina Kay

“I am a self taught artist, because I felt that no school would be able to allow me to create freely and with no limitations. I find that schools that teach photography are very technical and focus more so on how to use a camera, rather than tapping into your creative side. The experience may be different for everyone, but I don’t learn very well in a classroom environment. I need to be outside everyday organizing my own shoots and creating my own vision.”

Photography by Lina Kay

“I grew up in a family of 7 siblings, and being number 6 and the youngest girl, often I would escape the craziness at home and dive into my insane imagination, and that consisted of magical worlds of flying unicorns and talking trees, and I find that today I am drawn into the whimsical style of photography, one that provokes emotion and thoughts. At home it was always very loud and very busy, and I would write in my journal everyday of characters that didn’t even exist, only in my mind.”

Photography by Lina Kay

“My ideas come from everyday things, like nature and people and stories that I really want to tell. I could be driving and then suddenly be swamped with a vision that I need to create and a story that I need to tell. Its really just as simple as that.”

Photography by Lina Kay

“The writings and the paintings of the great Gibran Kahlil are a huge influence in the way I photograph. His love for his work just shinned through every word he ever wrote and and every painting he ever painted. So much passion and love in his stories, so much pain and agony. So much unrequited love and a passion for love that could not be romantically fulfilled. His vulnerability yet his strength he would incorporate in his portraits of people, and I think I tend to do the same.”

Photography by Lina Kay

“When it comes to Fashion Photography, Lara Jade has definitely been an influence in which direction I want my career to head. Her love for fashion and fashion models is something I can relate to insanely. Also, when it comes to conceptual arts photography, Ashley Lebedev is someone that I have followed for a very long time. Her ability to photograph and create a fairytale world and draw you right in is something that I can only hope of achieving one day. Her level of detail and her ability to completely manipulate a photo into making it looks like a painting, is outstanding.”

Photography by Lina Kay

“In photography there is a reality so subtle, that it becomes more real than reality”

Photography by Lina Kay

“I think it all depends on how you want to use your gift. If you see it as nothing more than a hobby, then have fun creating as a hobby, but if you are a tad more ambitious and want to make money from your gift, then push yourself to achieve that, but having said that also, if you have chosen to make a living from your passion, its very easy to start to see it as a job and lose passion for it. Always remember why you started in the first place.”

Photography by Lina Kay

“Never stop creating. Everyday find some time to yourself and create whatever art it is you are creating. When doubt rears its ugly head, turn a blind eye to it because it will creatively cripple you and you have no time to be doubtful when you are creating.

Develop your own style and allow people who have been there before to mentor you and give you advice. And best of all, never think of it as a job. Have fun and the doors of opportunity will somehow open for you, because people are drawn to passion.”

Find Lina online: www.linakayphotography.com.au // facebook