Patricija Dacic

Meet Patricija, one of our most popular photographers. A confident, yet modest woman with a creative soul. We met up with Patricija at Formex to get to know her a little and then had the chance to do this awesome interview with her. Where she shares her path to becoming the photographer she is today and some valuable interior and photography tips. Enjoy!

Could you start of by telling me who you were as a child, around 7-8 years old?

I was quite creative even when I was little. My mum used to say that I had a rich inner life. I was often alone as a kid because I often played on my own and was busy being creative. I could always find things to do and can’t ever remember being bored. I drew quite a lot, pictures that came from my imagination that I tried to capture on paper with crayons and pencils. If I hadn’t become a photographer I probably would have become an artist *laughs*. I could spend hours going through my mums old photo albums which were filled with old analog photographs of her, her friends and family. I think that might have been where my love for photography began. I spent the rest of my time outdoors, I loved to discover new magical places, everything fascinated me. I was out all day and I remember my mum always had to come and look for me. She never knew where I was and had to spend a lot of time hunting med down. I remember always coming home with dirt and soot all over me and my mum trying to get me, protesting, into the bathtub without me ever understanding why. I grew up near an old mine, there of all the soot.

And who are you now a few decades later?

And who are you now a few decades later?
I think I’m still the same girl that I was in the mines where I grew up, I still like the same things, but my focus nowadays lies in photography. As a child I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. It wasn’t until I turned thirty that I knew ’this is what I want to do’. I much more pedantic now compared to when I was young, I like things neat and tidy. It’s important to me to have a clutter free environment around me, especially when I’m working with photos on the computer, or else the clutter will steal my focus, so I need to have everything sorted out around me before I begin. I want to be able to rest my eyes on beautiful things around me.

 

Can you think of anything from your childhood that shaped you into the person you are today?
My parents have shaped me. We’re a very close-knit family and something my father’s always said is ~Children don’t do as they’re told they do as their parents do’. These words have some how stayed with me through life, to always consider you choices is life and I’ve learned the hard way that you have to learn from your mistakes. I try to live by acting towards others the way I would like them to act towards me.

When did your interest in photography start?

Ever since I could climb my mums bookshelf in the ’nice living room’ where we had all of her precious possessions. Right on top she had a photo album, and I think that’s where it all started, when I was about four. (See photos) My mum has also always taken our pictures, me and my brothers, for as long as I can remember, but I can’t really say that I appreciated her photography back then, I mostly found her annoying. I can remember mumbling and grumling every time she took out her camera *haha*.

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I know you’re very much into interior design as well...

...when did that interest start?

I think that my interest for interior design has always been there. Also something I’ve inherited from my mother, since she’s always had a fascination for beautiful things and dragged me to different actions and flea markets. I remember being embarrassed feeling that my mum was different from the other mums who bought their furniture in stores. My dad often came home with old furniture that others had thrown away that he had found at work, usually he make them almost new again with some paint and TLC. Their mentality was that you only throw things out that are broken and unfixable, it wasn’t the case that they couldn’t afford new nice things, it was more the fact that they found it wasteful when there was so many beautiful thing that people just threw away... 

...I think I’ve inherited a little of that mentality when I think about. Something that has crept up on me as I’ve gotten older. Since I photograph a lot and work at lot of hours from home, my house is my castle and I want to surround myself with things that I like.

 

Your photos have a very cohesive feel, and a bohemian touch to them. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Good question! A room can sort of give me a feeling, or a colour or an object or a person and from that feeling I can create a whole story together with my own inner pictures that begin to form as soon as I get that feeling. I am a visual person and I usually see things in pictures. As my mum used to say, I have a rich inner life. I also have quite a few photographers that inspire me, Sally Mann, Paulo Robersi, Francesca Woodman, Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz to mention a few.

Do you have any really old photos you could show us?

Some of your first photo art perhaps? Or maybe som photos from your first home? And if so, can you tell us a little about the pictures? I’ve taken lots of photos through the years. I started out by taking self portraits, traveling to and taking photos of beautiful places and still-life photography. I’d say my style has changed a little through the years. I guess you go through different fazes when photographing. I almost always go with my gut-feeling and the mood that I’m in at that particular time. I often think that the photograph speaks it’s own language and has it’s own voice telling me what it wants to be...

...I usually have a plan, but I usually end up with something completely different than what I started out with, so there’s no telling where my photography sessions could end up. The reason I took self portraits to begin with was probably because I didn’t really have anyone else to take pictures of and it was easier to be spontaneous with myself, I didn’t have to book an appointment, I just had to grab my camera when I felt like it. I was always around.

What are your favorite interior pieces? Do you have anything at home that has a little extra meaning?
I have a series of old cameras that I’ve collected through out the years that means a lot to me. Even my mums old camera has a place in the collection.

Which is your favorite piece from your gallery? Can you tell us the story behind it?
Hm, I think that Focus is one of my favorites that I’m extra fond of. Because it’s one of those photos that I visualized that turned out even better that I imagined which makes it even more special. The model was actually getting here hair and make up ready when I saw the photo, I asked her to stand still for a second, captured the shot and Voila, Focus was born.

We always ask our photographers if they could choose a Swedish celebrity to send a print to, who would it be? Very interesting question. I haven’t really thought of it before, but I think that Carolina Gynning would appreciate by bohemian style.

Patricijas art prints