Let me introduce you to Swedish photographer Mili Malinovic, a guy who’s been on our radar for quite some time. I conducted this interview months ago, but for some reason it got lost in the matrix. Anyway, Mili’s photography work is nothing short of stunning, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see his work featured in the fashion industry any time soon!
“I started discovering the love for photography quite late. It was never a dream of mine but the more I did it, the more satisfaction it gave me.”
Who’s the person behind the camera?
An ordinary guy, dreamer and escapist at times. Fascinated by simplicity and beauty of nature. Born in Croatia and moved to Sweden after the civil war.
What got you into photography, and what makes you keep on doing it?
I grew up with art. My mother was a painter. Watching her create and talk about inspiration was quite motivating for me as a child. Later on in my teens, I discovered love for cinematography. Creating, traveling and meeting people is what makes me motivated.
Your work seems to revolve around beautiful women and has a fashion feel to it, is that a work of field you like to end up in?
Yeah, I love women. I find their nature of expression quite fascinating. I’d love to enter the editorial field of photography with a cinematic or conceptual feel.
If we’d like to trade something for a photo you made, what should the CFYE delivery man bring to your door?
I’d have to say a bottle of red and good company!
What’s your favorite item to take on the road with you?
Something really fun about me:
I’m really bad at remembering people’s names, so my phone contacts consist of physical descriptions rather than names which isn’t the brightest idea either. hahaha
Best shooting location we should check out?
I’d have to say the sea coast in South Sweden or Mirogoj the central cemetary in Croatia.
Tell us about your work as a photographer, did you just picked up a camera and educate yourself?
Yes, I’m self learned. I started discovering the love for photography quite late. It was never a dream of mine but the more I did it, the more satisfaction it gave me.
Realizing that both art and cinematography could be used as a plot, everything came together beautifully and love was established.
What’s your camera setup?
I usually shoot film, so I try to keep it simple. Good daylight and Mamiya 645.
How does your environment react on you taking your camera everywhere and shooting all the time?
I asked myself this question a few times. I hardly notice anyone while shooting. Haven’t experienced any dramatic reactions either, except this one time when the gardener was concerned that we’d do nudes, which his boss wouldn’t approve of since it has happened before. We had to pack and leave, although the model was fully clothed.
What’s the strangest thing that ever happened to you when you were out shooting photos?
I’ve been quite lucky here, so nothing extraordinary except that we had to cut the shoot a few times because of the heavy rain.
Which artist would you like to work with in the future?
Grace Coddington. She’s an incredible creative director, stylist and fashion editor. Someone I can identify with on what fashion is or how it should look like. I would also love to work with Ellen af Geijerstam, swedish stylist extraordinaire in my opinion.
If you could fill a swimming pool with something, what would it be?
Fresh sea water. I grew up around the sea, so it reminds me of my childhood, comfort and safety.
Favorite city, and coolest thing about it?
I love big cities, open places and monumental architecture. So much inspiration and location hunts. 🙂 Paris or Rio, hard to decide.
What can we expect from you in the future?
More work and good things, I hope! 🙂