Anni Roenkae's Abstract Photography is Inspired by Dreams

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It's safe to say that Anni Roenkae's imagery isn't quite like anything else on Pexels. The Finnish artist creates captivating visuals using painting, illustration, and digital manipulation alongside photography.

Based in Oulu, Finland, Anni specializes in abstract and surreal art, and loves experimenting with different techniques. We spoke to Anni about the inspirations behind her work.

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Pexels: How did you get started with photography?

Anni: When I was sixteen years old, a friend of mine lent me his Fujifilm digital camera. I fell in love with that camera and I bought it for myself. That's how I got interested in photography.

What camera gear do you use?

I'm using pretty basic gear: Panasonic Lumix GH4, Canon Powershot SX70HS, and my phone Samsung A71. I use many different filters, prisms, and lights when I'm taking photos.

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What's your favorite type of photography to shoot?

I love creative photography in general because it offers unlimited possibilities to express myself.

What inspires your photography?

Music inspires me the most — especially experimental music, it fills my mind with colors and images.

My dreams have always been extremely detailed and vivid, and I find them very inspiring.

Poetry, science fiction stories, comics, and films are a great source of inspiration too.

Tell us about your favorite photo on your Pexels profile.

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I often like to explore the idea of a shattered beauty. We are all broken, that's how the light gets in.

Who are some other photographers or artists who inspire your work?

I love the photography of Neil Krug, Spencer Tunick, Erwin Blumenfeld, and Ansel Adams.

Some other artists who inspire me are H. R. Giger, Salvador Dali, Zao Wou-Ki, and David Lynch.

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What's one piece of advice you would give someone who is new to photography?

Don't be afraid to be bold. Embrace your uniqueness!

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Photo by Anni Roenkae · View Photo

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Written by the Pexels Team · Sep 16

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