How long have you been a photographer? What pushed you on this path in the beginning?
I have been a photographer for 2 years. I express myself through my works, more than I could ever with words or my works express me more, than words ever could.
Have you always wanted to make art?
As a child, I was very into arts. But my mother had a different vision of my future, and did not support my dream of going to an art school. Instead, she convinced me to follow a completely different path, and to study more pragmatic skills at university. Nevertheless, I never stopped being passionate about arts and at the age of 30, I realised that I want to become a photographer. And this decision was a starting point, which turned my whole life upside down.
Tell us about your favourite shoot.
I would consider my favorite shoot my first conceptually strong project, called "I am Different". The intention was to comunicate the importance of tolerance towards others and most importantly, acceptance of ourselves the way we are. To begin with, I was looking for people with different life stories and after finding them and having deep conversations (which was supposed to create a higher level of trust and understanding between me and my characters ), I moved to the second stage of the project, which was photographing them naked, to show their purest selfs, without any covers. I felt every hero of this project, as if I have lived their lifes’. This experience changed me a lot and I am grateful to each of them.
What inspires you?
I get inspired by art, people, nature and most importantly love! Art in all its manifestations such as paintings, films, sculptures, architecture, photography, etc. When it comes to people, getting to know them, hearing their stories and the way of their thinking, I highlight their unique and intimate personality traits, which later get projected in my works.
Nature for me is the definition of imperfect perfection. It is filled with such a variety of shapes, colors and textures.
Last but not least, love! I can talk about love forever! Our world is shrouded in love, it is everywhere and in everything, you just need to feel it and open your heart to this world!
How would you characterize your style?
Finding your own style is one of the most difficult, but also one the most crucial steps in becoming a successful artist or any type of a creator. But it does not mean that one should only work in one style their whole career. Life goes on, our life’s change, we change, and consequently our skills, tastes and works do too.
For a long time, I was experimenting, trying to find my own, outstanding style, but as if for now, my works are connected by one common big idea- diversity. I like showing real, unique, different people, behind the “model” title. The works where I portray either a physical difference or an interesting personality trait, represent ME and my vision.
What advice would you give to a beginning photographer?
There is so much I would love to share with young passionate talents, but if I were to choose one advice, I would want all of them to believe in themselves no matter what! Do what you love! Take a small step every day in the direction you want to go. Don't blame yourself for mistakes, but learn from them instead!