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A life-long Nikon user, San­dra’s de­vel­op­ment as a pho­tog­ra­pher has fol­lowed the evo­lu­tion of cam­era tech­nol­ogy from film to dig­i­tal, stills to movie. More of her re­cent pre­sen­ta­tions to Euro­pean photo fes­ti­vals now in­clude mu­sic and movies as well as still im­ages, and she and Werner Boll­man are even work­ing with a com­poser, Torsten Harder, on the pre­sen­ta­tions for for the LYS project…

Do you pre­fer shoot­ing HD movies or still im­ages nowa­days?

I def­i­nitely pre­fer shoot­ing stills. But I do also take movies oc­ca­sion­ally. I al­ways switch to shoot­ing movies when it comes to scenes that cap­ture mov­ing ob­jects much bet­ter than a still im­age could do, things like sway­ing bar­ley, mov­ing snow. But I love the power of a great still im­age. It lasts.

Can you re­ally com­bine the two me­dia suc­cess­fully? A lot of people say they could man­age one or the other, but not do both to a sat­is­fy­ing stan­dard.

It de­pends on your stan­dards, I sup­pose, and how the movies are be­ing used. I don’t have the in­ten­tion of be­ing the next great na­ture film-maker. For me, movie scenes are just an ad­di­tion to my still life im­ages, a lit­tle move­ment here and there, el­e­gantly wo­ven into a slideshow with stills. I don’t think it is pos­si­ble to shoot both still im­ages and movies and have per­fect and stand­alone us­able re­sults, as the re­quired equip­ment and way of think­ing are quite dif­fer­ent.

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