When viewing Hadar Ariel Magar’s beautiful and intimate photography, the first thing that strikes you is how personal and inclusive it is – she seems to invite the viewer into her world through her work, allowing a fascinating and stunningly captured snapshot of her life and her emotions. We spoke to Hadar about taking inspiration from other people and putting your soul into your work.
Hi. Tell us a little about yourself - where are you from, where are you based and what do you do outside of photography?
My name is Hadar Ariel Magar and I live in Israel. I was born in 1989 and raised in the countryside in the centre of Israel. In my everyday life I enjoy the peaceful nature surrounding me, drink coffee, cuddling my cats, watching films, listening to music and spending time with my love. I also work for a living as a Data Analyst in a biotechnology group.
When did you begin shooting, what made you start and what has driven you to continue?
I started being serious about photography at the age of 17, more than ten years ago, while still at secondary school. I remember that I have always been curious about cameras and old photo albums of my family as a young child. I think that my interest in cameras is what lead me use it eventually as a tool of unloading my thoughts and emotions with photographs.
My photographs to me are my personal journal, depicting phases in my life and my progress. I have to put my soul inside the photographs I take, otherwise it's not worth the hard work I put into it.
What do you shoot on?
I use both analogue and digital cameras. I own a several analogue cameras but nowadays I mostly use these: Canon AE1, Minolta X-700, Nikkormat. My most favourite camera was Minolta X-370. It was my very first camera that used to belong to my father. When I was 16, I remember asking my father about this camera many times. Then he realised that I'm interested in photography more and more. And then one day, when I was already 17 he found it and gave it to me. Unfortunately it's not working for the past 3 years and since then I'm always looking for this quality in other cameras but somehow it's never the same with any other camera. I still keep it close to me.
Over what span of time were these photos taken? What makes them stand out from your other shots?
These photographs were taken between 2008-2016. I feel connected with every single one of my photographs in a way that all of them carry an emotional part of me, so it was difficult having to pick a few to represent me in this interview, because I think they are all me.
How do you think your work is affected by sharing it online?
Personally, I feel that I've been affected by other peoples work rather than my work being affected by sharing it online. My work is mostly affected naturally by my life experience and thoughts. I share it as an open diary, so it's sort of a one-way relationship between me and the viewer.
What do you look for when you’re taking a photo? Are you more concerned with the composition or evoking a certain feeling?
I always try to convey a certain feeling. My photographs to me are my personal journal, depicting phases in my life and my progress. I have to put my soul inside the photograph I take, otherwise it's not worth the hard work I put into it.
Is there anyone you’d like to shout out?
Yes. I've never had the chance or the proper platform to thank all persons who are interested in my work and supporting me through the years. I'm very grateful for that.