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Interview with Marion Payr aka LADYVENOM

Published by WPC Official Account on Jan'17,2021

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Interview with Marion Payr aka LADYVENOM

WPC Official Account
0 | 2200 | Jan 17, 2021

1. What makes you Pursue this Thrilling genre of Photography - Wildlife?

I am by no means a professional wildlife photography, but rather consider myself a travel photographer with a wide interest - from nature to wildlife, design to architecture and culture. But since launching @printsforwildlife this summer I have gained a profound appreciation for the work of true masters of wildlife photography. The time and effort they spend to create their art is outstanding and also makes a difference in the world.

2. Are you still learning who you are?

Yes - and I believe nobody should ever stop this process during their lifetime. There’s always room for improvement and new-found passions, discoveries, and learning curves. This will be an ongoing process for the rest of my life and I do hope that this will lead me to a place, where I can say I found something worth the while before I leave this planet :)

3. What makes animals so special for you and can you please mention any special moment with them?

Ever since my first safari in 2018 I’ve found a deeper connection with wildlife than I ever had before. To be honest, this surprised me in a way I couldn’t anticipate. The moment when you suddenly encounter a herd of elephants for the first time is beyond any description. How they silently walk through the bush, how the little ones are protected by the elders, how they graze - it’s a spectacle that makes you appreciate them walking this planet. And suddenly you become an advocate for them and start to fight so future generations get to experience encounters like this as well.

4. Instagram is a like & comment based platform. How important is this audience's response to you? Is there ever a dilemma between choosing what you like and what the audience might appreciate?

I believe this is a giant misunderstanding and the fault lies within the design & architecture of the platform. Instagram should be art & inspiration based platform. It should be social in a way, that doesn’t count numbers. In fact, I’ve written a full story about how I believe Instagram should delete all their metrics from the platform, no follower numbers, no like counts. How wonderful would that be?

5. Do you see a pattern in terms of what the audience relates to the most?

I can only see a pattern in what MY audience relates to - every audience is different and mine is particularly discerning. They don’t give their likes easily - and I appreciate that :) The biggest impact is always made with personal stories, something the audience can relate to and that creates emotions. Pure fact-based content doesn’t relate as much.

6. How do you make yourself stand out in the competitive world of Instagram feature-accounts?

Do I? :) Frankly, I follow my own personal requirements and standards when it comes to my content. I don’t post a lot, but when I do, then I do it with great care. If you ask me - quality beats quantity, but I know Instagram doesn’t see it that way ;-)

7 . How did the idea for prints for wildlife struck you? What are your future plans with it?

@pie_aerts and I started discussing this idea over Instagram back in March or April. We both were out of our jobs, in lockdown, and had learned how the standstill of the tourism industry also affects wildlife conservation efforts. This was the initial spark, that made us want to do something for the places we craved to visit, but couldn’t go due to the virus. So from the distance, we still wanted to make a difference. Now @printsforwildlife grew into a much bigger project than we had first anticipated and we are still in talks about where we want to take it next and how. But you will hear from it first on @printsforwildlife on Instagram :)

8. Which was the favorite part while your visit to India and what attracted you the most?

Of course, wild tigers were one huge part of the equation and I had dreamt of seeing one for years. But the incredible thing about India is the diversity and how you can intertwine cultural experiences with nature explorations, cities with deserts, people, and wildlife. India perfectly represents how interconnected everything is, and as a photographer, the light and colors are simply outstanding as well!

9. What is your motivation behind starting thetravelblog.at ?

The blog was the logical extension of Instagram at some point. I wanted to be able to provide more information, tell deeper stories, and also more long-lasting ones. Luckily my readers appreciate that I’m writing these very long pieces once in a while and stick around to read them!

10. Any Secrets/Advice to aspiring Photographers?

Don’t worry too much about technicalities, but rather focus on training your eye and finding your voice and passion. It took me many years to find out what I like to photograph and what I’m not good at (like weddings… I now have high regards and respect for wedding photographers, but I won’t touch those again!) :) If you don’t have your camera with you take photos with your mind (or phone), study light, explore your own home town. Walk the same path over and over again to see and photograph new things in the ever-same surroundings. I believe this is a good, easy (and cheap) way to become the photographer you’re aspiring to be!


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1. What makes you Pursue this Thrilling genre of Photography - Wildlife?

I am by no means a professional wildlife photography, but rather consider myself a travel photographer with a wide interest - from nature to wildlife, design to architecture and culture. But since launching @printsforwildlife this summer I have gained a profound appreciation for the work of true masters of wildlife photography. The time and effort they spend to create their art is outstanding and also makes a difference in the world.

2. Are you still learning who you are?

Yes - and I believe nobody should ever stop this process during their lifetime. There’s always room for improvement and new-found passions, discoveries, and learning curves. This will be an ongoing process for the rest of my life and I do hope that this will lead me to a place, where I can say I found something worth the while before I leave this planet :)

3. What makes animals so special for you and can you please mention any special moment with them?

Ever since my first safari in 2018 I’ve found a deeper connection with wildlife than I ever had before. To be honest, this surprised me in a way I couldn’t anticipate. The moment when you suddenly encounter a herd of elephants for the first time is beyond any description. How they silently walk through the bush, how the little ones are protected by the elders, how they graze - it’s a spectacle that makes you appreciate them walking this planet. And suddenly you become an advocate for them and start to fight so future generations get to experience encounters like this as well.

4. Instagram is a like & comment based platform. How important is this audience's response to you? Is there ever a dilemma between choosing what you like and what the audience might appreciate?

I believe this is a giant misunderstanding and the fault lies within the design & architecture of the platform. Instagram should be art & inspiration based platform. It should be social in a way, that doesn’t count numbers. In fact, I’ve written a full story about how I believe Instagram should delete all their metrics from the platform, no follower numbers, no like counts. How wonderful would that be?

5. Do you see a pattern in terms of what the audience relates to the most?

I can only see a pattern in what MY audience relates to - every audience is different and mine is particularly discerning. They don’t give their likes easily - and I appreciate that :) The biggest impact is always made with personal stories, something the audience can relate to and that creates emotions. Pure fact-based content doesn’t relate as much.

6. How do you make yourself stand out in the competitive world of Instagram feature-accounts?

Do I? :) Frankly, I follow my own personal requirements and standards when it comes to my content. I don’t post a lot, but when I do, then I do it with great care. If you ask me - quality beats quantity, but I know Instagram doesn’t see it that way ;-)

7 . How did the idea for prints for wildlife struck you? What are your future plans with it?

@pie_aerts and I started discussing this idea over Instagram back in March or April. We both were out of our jobs, in lockdown, and had learned how the standstill of the tourism industry also affects wildlife conservation efforts. This was the initial spark, that made us want to do something for the places we craved to visit, but couldn’t go due to the virus. So from the distance, we still wanted to make a difference. Now @printsforwildlife grew into a much bigger project than we had first anticipated and we are still in talks about where we want to take it next and how. But you will hear from it first on @printsforwildlife on Instagram :)

8. Which was the favorite part while your visit to India and what attracted you the most?

Of course, wild tigers were one huge part of the equation and I had dreamt of seeing one for years. But the incredible thing about India is the diversity and how you can intertwine cultural experiences with nature explorations, cities with deserts, people, and wildlife. India perfectly represents how interconnected everything is, and as a photographer, the light and colors are simply outstanding as well!

9. What is your motivation behind starting thetravelblog.at ?

The blog was the logical extension of Instagram at some point. I wanted to be able to provide more information, tell deeper stories, and also more long-lasting ones. Luckily my readers appreciate that I’m writing these very long pieces once in a while and stick around to read them!

10. Any Secrets/Advice to aspiring Photographers?

Don’t worry too much about technicalities, but rather focus on training your eye and finding your voice and passion. It took me many years to find out what I like to photograph and what I’m not good at (like weddings… I now have high regards and respect for wedding photographers, but I won’t touch those again!) :) If you don’t have your camera with you take photos with your mind (or phone), study light, explore your own home town. Walk the same path over and over again to see and photograph new things in the ever-same surroundings. I believe this is a good, easy (and cheap) way to become the photographer you’re aspiring to be!