We had the good fortune of connecting with Eva Gondelman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eva, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I would say that I am a person who thrives on taking risks. It is a major part of who I am. I have embraced risks at all of the major points in my life so far, and it started at a young age. When I was 7, I went to an overnight camp that I had never seen and where I knew no one. I came back with many friends from all over the country. As I was about to start high school, I decided to go to a boarding school in Vermont. The decision was driven in large part by the fact that the school was steeped in the arts. And let’s face it. Those who are risk averse do not choose to pursue a career in the arts. Even my approach to photography entails risks. My current project involves the use of a type of film that adds a purplish hue to the photograph. As a result, you do not know what the image will look like until it is developed. One of my favorite aspects of photography is the risk. I find joy in not knowing how everything is going to turn out in the end. I like to take advantage of mistakes and incorporate that into my art as well. Risk taking has allowed my art to evolve an encourages me to keep creating something new.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always been involved in the art world. I grew up surrounded by it. My weekends growing up consisted of going to art galleries with my mother and listening to artist talks. My parents believed that being immersed in the arts was important to my development. I was lucky to have many opportunities to experiment with different art forms. I took piano lessons for twelve years and as I began high school I started to branch out and try other art forms. I took fiber arts, jewelry making, and dance, but it was photography that captured my imagination. The dark room is where I found myself spending all of my extra time. I find true joy when working in the dark room and seeing my image magically appear in front of me. When taking photographs I try to seek the magic in the world by looking for unusual perspectives, details, and light. I want the viewer to question what they are looking at and how they are looking at it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Since I grew up on the East Coast, I like to take advantage of LA’s beautiful weather and landscape by going on a hike in Griffith Park. After a hike food is essential, so we could go to the Beachwood Cafe and grab something to eat. Their pesto pizza is my favorite on the menu. To top it off, at the end of the day we would go listen to some live music or anywhere with loud music to dance the night away. The next day would be more relaxing and spend it at The Getty. Then we can come back to my place and go swimming or to the hot tub and make something to eat for dinner.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There is no question but that an artist needs support from various sources to generate their vision to share with the world. I have been incredibly lucky in this regard. My mother was constantly taking my brother and I to art exhibits of every kind. My middle school photography teacher opened up the wonders of the darkroom for me; and my high school photography teacher encouraged me to enter some of my photographs into the creative arts and writing competition sponsored by Scholastic Magazine. It is this organization that made me realize that what I had to say artistically meant something. At my teacher’s encouragement, I entered several photographs into the competition in my sophomore year of high school. Incredibly, I won a National Gold award for one of my entries. The awards ceremony was held in New York City at Carnegie Hall with several celebrities as guest speakers. I remember being struck by the magnitude of what I had achieved. The recognition at that ceremony was a pivotal moment when I realized that this was what I wanted to do with my life. If I had any doubt, it was erased the next year when I won a National Silver award for another photograph. So, while my parents and teachers were invaluable contributors to my development, it was the Scholastic organization and its awards program that gave me the courage to pursue my dream.

Website: https://evagondelmanphotographer.com

Instagram: @eva.gondelman

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