Interview: Eni Turkeshi – Photographer

How did you get started doing what you do?
Obviously I was always attracted to photography and all visual arts. But I was somehow unaware or needed a trigger to start taking pictures.
Running across a flickr page by chance was the beginning of everything. Since the day I became a member there I started to take pictures often. My style and ways of seeing developed and morphed within time and it’s been a pleasure to document this day by day.

How would you describe your creative style?
Atmospheric, emotional, intense, experimental, auratic.

What’s your inspiration?
I think inspiration is actually inside us, we nurture it, grow it bigger and make it feel tangible using those splendid particles of beauty we fall for.
Those splendid particles can be seen everywhere, can be found anytime, as long as they touch your senses.

Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz
Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz

What is art to you?
Getting the essence of life, meditating its beauty, perceiving everything related to senses. Once you feel its omnipresence your ways of seeing and feeling are amazingly transformed.

How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
It depends on the kind of project I’m working into. The digital projects take generally less time than analogue ones. But all of my projects ‘pass’ through an emotional satiation ‘invisible net’ through my mind first. So I’d say all of my works take almost the same time.

Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz
Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz

How do you keep motivated?
Everything which I love keeps me easily motivated. Sometimes the opposite things as well. Motivation is some dynamic feeling which is always influenced by you as well. It can’t come all alone to you without some interaction. It’s this chaotic effect who keeps it alive inside me.

How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
Even if not always, I’d say a lot, actually. The surroundings definitely affect the nature and psychology of my work. Sometimes they inspire or trigger me to see things in a different perspective.

Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz
Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I use visual arts to express myself. So I feel glad when I can see that the imagery I have produced visually speaks my feelings I had while creating it.

What do you want others to take away from your work?
It’s a great feeling when your work connects you soulfully with people totally unknown to you. It doesn’t matter how my visuals are translated by those souls, as long as all of them grab some meaning who touches or affects them.

Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz
Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Travel more, read more, keep experimenting.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
I don’t focus much on advice. I prefer learning new things and being influenced only from my inspirations or infatuations.

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Just follow your senses all the time. They’re the best compass ever.

Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz
Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz

What’s your dream project?
My dream project it’s actually a forever ongoing one: experimenting. My only aim is to experiment as much as I can with photography and other visual arts. This is the best and only way I can keep my creativity and enthusiasm alive.

What art supplies do you use?
I have several digital and analogue cameras, as well as 2 pinhole ones. I also use different lenses, some of which homemade, as well as practice camera-less photography. I use Photoshop as well as plants to color my photos. I always love mixing my weapons of creation.

Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz
Interview with photographer, Eni Turkeshi on Jung Katz

What’s your process like?
My process is multidisciplinary. I work with different mediums such as digital, analogue, mixed medias. Many times I’m blending all of these together.

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