Karina Djijo of Djijo Studios
I knew I was in love when I could spend countless nights in the darkroom developing
film, dodging, burning, and watching magic happen in the photo bath in the college film
photography lab. I knew it was serious when this new-found passion started to compete
with my passion for painting.
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With a decade of experience in the professional creative world, I have spent a good amount of my recent years behind the camera capturing stills and also exploring, experimenting in and learning about the art of filmmaking.
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More recently, I began shooting, directing and editing films. From abstract shorts, scripted short films, documentaries, ads and trailers I have found that the added dynamic of movement and telling a story in a linear way versus through a single photograph or short series of photographs forces you to think differently and challenges the mind in new ways. I absolutely love the added layers of movement and sound in my creative and visual storytelling work.
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Filmmaking has given me a chance to explore a new way of seeing and applying my previous knowledge and experience to my motion work. I have always loved cinema and the moving image. Nothing can express the sheer satisfaction one gets from the process of making a film. Sometimes it is very simple, at others, there are a lot of moving parts and a lot to keep track of.
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I find that what i learn in my experience as a cinematographer and filmmaker influences my still photography work and any creative direction I give or contribute to a project. Of course, this applies in reverse for all the disciplines I work in. Often, projects call for knowledge and the use of several mediums to tell a story or convey a message.
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Providing creative direction during bizworkTV’s many photoshoots and while filming episodes with Mayra
and show guests has been an amazing experience. I learn so much each and every single time.
My role as an artist and creative director has, over many years through present day, morphed into a multi-faceted combination of skills, expertise and capabilities in several areas. This strong foundation helps me achieve rich visual content to hold a viewer’s attention and clearly convey a compelling message.