Name: Mira Nedyalkova
Birthday: 17 May
College: Art Academy of Sofia
Book: “Venise en hiver” by Emmanuel Roblès
Food: I love Italian food: pizza, pasta and the pastry
Quote: It depends on the moment.
For how long have been in photography? How did you start?
First of all I came into the world of photography as a model when I was 18 years old.
I have always loved photography as art, but i started with drawing. Later in 2007 I discovered photography as a means to express myself and completely replaced painting. My photographs are not exactly a photographs, because i use a lot of edit in Photoshop and my creations are somewhere in between paintings and photography. Both arts for me are very similar and interrelated. Frankly, I found and chose photography arises from when I discovered the existence of Photoshop and the potential that brings. It is this unbelievable program that opened the way for me, the opportunity to continue creating, connecting painting and photography into one, as a challenge.
How would you define yourself as an artist?
I don’t know if I’m an artist or not…I just try to expresses what I feel, in the deepest sense. In my images I use pain as a beauty, erotic as a psychological way of life. I express myself and my intimate inner life. In my works you would find beauty and strong will for life, sorrow and pain, love and eroticism as constant part of our life…I like to fuse all this into a single image, because I believe this is the way to start knowing life, to accept it and perhaps love it for what it is (or it is not)
Where do you find inspiration?
I find my inspiration in the music, a good movie, the fashion, in my dreams. If I have to go deeper, the life itself is what inspires me every day – whit the eternal beauty and in the same time, the pain and suffering that are always part of life. I’m inspired by our existence, the relations between people and the endless emotions that define us and change all the time. Last but not least, the eroticism has always been my inspiration and I think is the basis and an integral part of our life.
Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts?
Not exactly… I got all in my head and I enjoy improvising also. In order to remember some particular idea or image that I have in my mind, often I write words that represent all this… the objects I need to realize it and the emotions I feel thinking about it. This will help me to live again the same emotions when shooting time comes and perhaps I am not in the same mood…
Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology?
For me, the camera is an instrument of intuition and spontaneity…
There are no rules and technologies (film or digital) for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
What type of camera do you use most?
What is your favorite lens?
What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
I don’t have just one memorable assignment – I have many!
What are your favourite three images you have shot recently?
I can say three series that I really love –
“The forgotten colors of your heart” , “No more sweet music” ,
How important is an awesome website for your business?
I think that for an artist, painter or photographer, is particularly important to have a representative website. This is very important in terms of copyright, and helps authors to quickly and easily present their work when necessary. This is entirely the author’s personal space where he/she may have a chronological look at the work in time and there is no censorship that often prevents many authors when creating profiles on various platforms to popularize their works.
What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have?
Photography is an art like any other. Therefore, in order to be a true artist you have to feel it inside you, to feel that you have something to say and tell. The key is to provoke emotion, technique comes after and is not essential. Very important is to build our own style and not to seek to imitate other artists. In photography everything is already invented, the only thing that makes us different are the emotions and feelings that we carry inside and through our life and that we can share with those like us … or those who may not be aware of their existence.
For me, photography has to educate and cultivate emotions, like a therapy, to open new horizons in the heart of the one who created it and the viewer … to detect thousands of shades of life…
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?
I am really glad with every one of my images. Especially with those who affected people the may they were intended. I create this photographs because this really gives me great pleasure. I am proud and happy that I found this way of expression for myself.
List of your clients?
Some of them are the french publishing houses Actes Sud and
Simon & Schuster New York and many people who like my art
and buy my photos from my online store in Etsy.
Who are the photographer’s you admire the most?
There are a lot of photographers that are I adore and admire very much. Some of them are Paolo Roversi, Jan Saudek, Ferdinando Scianna, Francesca Woodman. From the contemporary scene i love Wendi Bevan, Laura Makabrescu, Amber Ortolano.
What about architects and designers?
They are always inspired me with their creativity and innovation.
An symbol for a beautiful life…the striving for perfection.
What are your next projects?
I really have many projects in my mind. Some are a bit old and not realized for various reasons. Some others are new and maybe not clear yet.
Often happens that, even when I have projects and ideas ready to be put into practice, I might start on something new that just popped into my mind. Sincerely, I prefer to do things spontaneously and in accordance with my mood, with the people who are around me and with my free time.