Countess Malaise – Hysteria 2019
I shot the alum cover for Countess Malaise's album Hysteria. We got the image in the 1st 20 minutes of working together. Her music inspired me to make a highly retouched image that resembles a dystopia that we already live in.
With this series, I was interested in treating humans like cyborgs, and so I decided to use the clothes as parts of a robotic mechanism.
In this portrait series I treated every picture quite aggressively, as I was interested of the violence that photography represents – from the language surrounding it (shoot, dodge, burn etc) to the act of pursuing it which is often voyeuristic.
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Born and raised in Bulgaria, I live and work between Amsterdam and London. I took an early interest in photography followed by pursuing a fine arts Bachelor in the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. It is a medium which prevails in everyday life – we encounter photographic images of all genres and purposes and they shape our understanding of the surrounding world as well as ourselves. Thats why I never specialised in a particular genre of photography – my interest is in exploring photography in its many purposes from music album covers, pornography, fashion and documentary. I am obsessed with Dystopian fiction and I think my work oddly reflects on a dystopian reality which is very much apparent today.