Anna Ryon is an artist from Seattle living in London. Apart from taking pictures –obviously, she also loves to write, to cook, to style and we love just everything she does anyway, because it always bears her very personal aesthetics that can never fail.
KALTBLUT: What was it that got you interested in photography in the first place?
Anna: When I was in high school I took a black and white photography class. It was great, there was a dark room where we could process our own photos and everything. That’s where I got into photography. I had this amazing teacher named Bill Kuhns. He really encouraged me.
KALTBLUT: You are an American living in London. How has this influenced your work? Or hasn’t it? What are your influences?
Anna: People are usually the focus of my work. I like to reflect something about a person’s life, or something more general about a part of human experience in a photo. This is what inspires me. A different environment and culture offers many new stories to tell.
KALTBLUT: How do you prefer to work? With people you know, with people you don’t know, or with professionals?
Anna: I like to photograph people I know, both my close friends and people I don’t know well and want to explore. I want to share something with the viewer about them. It’s like sharing my appreciation of that person and forcing other people to see it too. I prefer to work alone if the pictures are just for myself. If I am shooting somebody, it is as much about the experience between us as the final product. When I work alone with the person it can be much more intimate.
KALTBLUT: Are you working on a project at the moment? What theme would you most like to work on?
Anna: I am not working on any photo projects right now. But I think I’d like to start photographing everyone I know. Maybe one day I can put together a book of portraits.