In Profile: Nora Z’Brun

| April 2, 2013

MM: WHO are you?
NZ: My name is Nora Z’Brun. I’m a Swiss girl exploring and discovering the world, currently living in Australia for one year. I love photography, to draw and paint and, in general, to create things. Since three weeks ago I study part time photography at Griffith Queensland College of Art. I really enjoy it and it’s amazing what I’ve learnt in such a short time. All the people there are so inspiring and I’m really keen to learn more about photography.

WHAT the hell is your work about?
It is basically captured moments of my life. What I experience, what I discover, what is important to me etc. I try to catch real life. I hardly ever set something up to take a photo of. My drawings and paintings also happen to be about my life; what is in my mind like dreams or things which inspire me.

WHEN did you realise you were in tune with the right side of your brain?
Quite early. My Mum is a very creative person so I was basically born with a pencil in my hand. When I was old enough, my Dad would sometimes let me use his DSLR camera but only when I promised I would be very careful. He taught me a lot about photography. On my tenth birthday I finally got my own camera. It was a Kodak film roll camera, and I remember how excited I was when I waited for the photos to get developed.

WHERE do you draw inspiration from?
I’m inspired by different countries and cultures, my friends and sister, people on the street, movies, magazines, and among other things by photographers like Mark Morrisroe or Diane Arbus. Their work is amazing. I try to walk around with open eyes and be aware of the little things in life, because these are the most inspiring ones.

WHY do you create?
I guess I create because I love to make things; whether it’s in photography, illustration, fashion, or something else I can be creative in. I want to implement my ideas and express what is in my head and heart. Another interesting aspect is to look back what I’ve created a while ago and to see how I and my thinking has changed over the years.

HOW does the magic happen – creative process of candid creativity?
That’s a hard question. You just have to experiment, I guess. For example, if you feel it’s the right place and the right time, you press the shutter button and it might become a great photo.  Sometimes an idea pops in your head, you write it in your notebook and you create sketches, and maybe it evolves into something, maybe not. What’s important is: Always keep sketching, experimenting, and try to develop your ideas. If you never try, you’ll never now.

Plans for 2013?
I am going back to Switzerland in three months and unfortunately I have to finish school over there. I wish I could keep on travelling. There are so many places to go, so many people to meet. But I will definitely keep on doing creative things and I already have a project in mind which is called ‘Brisbane Style Guide’….

So we can stay in the loop, what’s your dot com(s)?
My blog is currently more a photo diary other than a portfolio of my work but have a look around!

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