mondomedeusah: Where where you born and where do you currently live?
Reka: I was born in Helsinki, Finland. I've lived in NYC for 13 years.
mondomedeusah: How did you get into photography?
Reka: I was going to SVA studying painting. My style was highly photo-realistic and I found myself shooting a lot. I was basically painting my photos which at the time felt like the right "artistic" thing to do. Later in the Real World I needed to pay rent, and dropped painting for a glamorous job in nightlife for a while. I still continued to shoot my photos. I soon realized they were strong enough to stand on their own.
mondomedeusah: So what are you currently working on right now?
Reka: I'm editing and retouching an editorial I just shot in Cabo, Mexico. I'm also working on a new self portrait series, as well as an erotic art series.
mondomedeusah: If you could work with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
Reka: Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Miles Andridge, Alexander McQueen, Kate Moss.
mondomedeusah: Your self-photography works are very raw. where do you find your motivation?
Reka: They are a lot of fun. I get to get messy and play roles and shoot away and there's absolutely no pressure.
mondomedeusah: Do you shoot film or digital or both?
Reka: Just digital.
mondomedeusah: What's your favorite camera?
Reka: My baby, 5D Mark II mondomedeusah: If you had to name your style what would you call it? Reka: Narrative Sensual Rawness
mondomedeusah: Does music play a role when it comes to inspiration?
Reka: It's huge for me. Music inspires and sets the mood.
mondomedeusah: Who are your heros?
Reka: I've never had any.
mondomedeusah: Who are your favorite fashion designers right now?
Reka: McQueen for his art, Tom Ford for his edginess.
mondomedeusah: Are you nocturnal?
Reka: I have been my whole life. I'm slowly changing it. It's still hard for me to wake up early, but I'm doing it.
mondomedeusah: If you only had 3 shots left and you had to make it count, how would you shoot each of these 3 themes as a self-portrait? "pain", "passion" and "paradise"
Reka: I'm not sure. I never plan my self portrait sessions that much in advance. They happen more organically. But if I only had 3 left, I'd probably make them a bit larger productions than usual. Involve other people. Travel to a fantastic location and involve that into the concept.
mondomedeusah: Black and white or color?
Reka: Both. mondomedeusah: Any projects down the line, a solo gallery perhaps?
Reka: I'm working on a few gallery exhibits in NYC, LA, and in Europe.
mondomedeusah: Tell our readers where they can find you online or in the city.