Artist in residency - Ana Hop
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Interview by Valentine Dreyfus

Pictures by Ana Hop

Where are you from? What is your background?


I’m from Mexico City. I studied Communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana and then photography in London.



At what age did you start shooting and what was it that sparked this passion? 


I started when I was 22 years old, but it became a formal thing at 24. I think it was during a class in university when I realized that I loved photography. It was also the first time someone told me that I was good at something!

Who or what are some of your inspirations? 


My mom gifted me her camera and that was a very important moment. That’s when I started to meet a lot of people that had been doing photography for years - from teachers to friends who studied with me.


How would you describe your photography style? 


Portrait photography with dark lighting. 


What camera/lenses do you use?


An 85mm 1.2 canon 

What message would you like to share with our readers? 


"Whatever is that you like, make it your passion and follow it."


What is the best lesson you have learned working in the photography industry?


That failing helps a lot when it comes to getting better.


What made you want to go to Costa Rica? 


I love nature! And I simply wanted to get to know different ways of life.

Where do you start when you begin a new project? 


With a lot of research and also subject scouting. 


Can you tell us a little more about your process and thoughts behind the pictures you shot at Zūnya ? 


I wanted to portray the essence of each person I photographed and show them a side of each one that remains hidden and unseen by others.


What personal projects can we look forward to from you next? What are you enjoying exploring at the moment? 


Portraits! I am always looking for new stories. I am currently working with two very special characters, but the project is still very new...I’ll tell you more about it later.


If you want to share something more or different feel free!