As this year our photography exhibition is virtual, Arta Gallery director/curator Fay Athari and the Arta Team has curated a series of artist Q&A to introduce all amazing photographers that are part of our Time Lost exhibition.

Today we are having a Q&A with Toronto-based photographer Christina Sideris. Currently, Sideris channels creative integrity and Fine Art mastery in her latest works featured on the - Artistry by Design Art-Box. Illuminated, two-dimensional installations elevated to maximize atmospheric presence. Full-scale immersive photography of global landscapes layered to reveal nature in tandem with architecture.

Custom photography is uniquely showcased. Sideris solidified her ambitions to reach a greater audience, pushing the boundaries of visual presentation in a Fine Art context. With a focus on digital editing, presentation and accessibility, Sideris came to acknowledge a passion fuelled by creativity to share and express her talents with a large audience. 


Why did you choose to pursue a career as a photographer?

I was fortunate enough really immerse myself in photography at the age of 16
when I first discovered the dark room. In high school I really began to fall in love
with photography as an art form and a expression of myself. I choose after
completing an internship at 17 to purse a career in the fashion industry.

What is your favorite subject to photograph?

Having work for Toronto’s most precious studio’s I begun to explore alternative
photography arenas such as architecture, nature and abstract photo art. Today
my most current works of art, are of nature and architecture intertwined in
tandem. I really love nature photography and is quite literally the opposite of
what most my career entailed being a fashion photographer.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?

I feel that a good picture will demonstrate good composition, subject matter
and should have a flair of personality in it. It should speak you the photographers style and point of view.

Whose work has influenced you most?

Influence, for me comes from various artists, I admire Ansel Adams, Jerry
Uelsmann, for the timeless creations. I really draw inspiration from fashion and
iconic brands. I enjoy art as a whole and thus draw from all mediums of art.


What type of cameras do you shoot with?

I truly love to shoot medium format and black and white firm. Majority of the
digital works are shot with a mirror less Sony Ar7ii and are then edited and put
into photoshop.

What kind of tools do you use for post-processing?

My processing tools mostly consist of Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.


What is the most rewarding part of being a photographer for you?

Self improvement, utilizing photography, my craft to express my emotions is what drives me to create imagery compiled of multiple photographic images that
when combined and layered create something totally different. I love to use my
imagination to create something that simply did not exist before.


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