Words & Images by Anna Moschner - annamoschner.com
Anna Moschner is a travel and lifestyle photographer based in Boston. She finds inspiration in photographing unfiltered, quiet moments that reflect the true nature of the new places and cultures that she explores.
Discovering new places and experiencing diverse cultures has become a passion of mine ever since I studied abroad in Italy. While there, I was bitten by the travel bug. My very first night in Italy, I remember eating a simple caprese salad and having a food epiphany, finally understanding what a tomato should truly taste like. I craved more of these cultural surprises.
I came to uncover many of these discoveries through my interest in photography. Being behind the lens, I found that I focused on details I would usually miss without a camera. I began to capture the true elements of local life – the rustic Etruscan buildings; the colorful ceramic bowls being sold on the street, the vast open piazzas.
Fast-forward ten years and I am now a travel and lifestyle photographer, based out of Boston. This past year, my husband and I lived in London and were able to do quite a bit of traveling throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Having never been to London before living there, I knew I wanted to get a better feel for each part of the city. Again, I picked up my camera and used it as a tool for discovery. Each week I would explore a new neighborhood. And because my father is a contractor and my mother is an interior designer, I was naturally drawn to photographing the variety of architecture and design that London homes have to offer.
Traveling throughout Europe – to Austria, France, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland – only fueled my photographic curiosity more. I loved finding similar details in homes from different countries – like the curved doorways in Paris and Cambridge or repetitive windows in Mallorca and Salzburg. Even more fascinating were the differences in houses within the same country, like Switzerland where you can find log cabins and gingerbread-like homes. When shooting, I wonder about who lives in these beautiful buildings, and if I am lucky, I catch an unsuspecting dweller enjoying their home. Often, I look for unique features such as intricate doors or colorful walls and then try and frame the image to just capture those details.
And on those days where I am in a creative rut, I switch something up. Maybe I break out my film camera instead of using my DSLR. Or I give myself one theme to shoot around for the day. The key is to just keep photographing, and eventually inspiration sparks.
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