Russ Land / Uldus Bakhtiozina
Photographer playfully re-creates paintings that pokes fun at stereotypes
Photographer playfully re-creates paintings that pokes fun at stereotypesf
Meet Uldus Temple, she’s a Russian Photo based artist who uses the medium of photography to delivery strong messages. Her project Desperate Romantics playfully re-creates paintings that poke fun at stereotypes.
Watch her awesome TED Video, read her advice using photography to convey strong messages, how she uses non professional models and why “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
Tell us about the concept behind Desperate Romantics?
Desperate Romantics is a very complex project. It has two bases: social and artistic. Social, because people on photographs are real, non models, but all of them have interesting stories (though, I believe each of us has one), which I express through my photographs in metaphoric way. The Project pays attention to aesthetics and composition with full respect to a beauty.
That’s why I took as my inspiration point works of pre raphaelits brotherhood (mid 19 century, England). Not only because I admire their compositions on painting, colors, but an idea behind and the history of brotherhood, which were controversial for Victorian times with their subjects of death and passion in paintings. That unites my heroes with brotherhood, they wish to be different and being brave enough to try self expression, under my vision on their stories.
You’re clearly a master of using the medium of photography to deliver a strong message, what advice would you give photographers trying to do that for the first time?
Firstly you need to focus on the subject and develop your idea – 95% thinking process and 5% making. That’s the same when you already photographing – you set up the focus on the certain object/point.
I normally prepare the photoshoot minimum 2 weeks in advance, normally a month or longer, with preparation, research and making choices. Very important is communication with a model, so you become united during the process, and your emotions and ideas go through the model’s eyes. You have to love the light and pay attention to it, sometimes its 70 % of the picture.
But what I think is important for someone who starting their career in photography is to experiment, find their own recipe for yourself and that’s only through the self experience. I love the way you challenge the status quo, talk us through your statement: “WE DON’T SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE, WE SEE THEM AS WE ARE”
We all are different. We’re educated, raised and all have different experiences. We see skies differently, colors of green or yellow. We like to judge each other for weaknesses or passions. We like to say: that’s not normal, and take it as negativity, though someone (like me) takes it in a positive way. We also look as we are inside, we look the way we think, we dress up as we think, that’s why I do analyze people by the way they are dressed and look like, because if they have chosen a particular style, that’s what they think is good, so if I don’t like the way person looks like, I may not like the way he thinks.
Sometimes People see negativity in puppies even, but that’s because they are negative inside, some people see positivity in illustrations of skulls or death, but that’s because they think positive, they think on the side of beauty, mythology, philosophy.
The more open minded and experienced person is, the more he sees, the more positive he becomes.
Tell us about the models you use, what you look for and how you interact with them?
Different project- different models. I look for sparkle. If person has it, he is doomed to be my model. Interaction also completely different with each person, since there are no common approach or formula to communicate with all humans. Photographer has to be psychologist to communicate with his models. When it comes to self portraits which are still 60% of my art, that’s communication with inner, sometimes could be harder.
As a photographer, what do you wish you had learned or started doing sooner?
I wish I had skip my degree in politics, that was a bit of waste of time, though still an experience, which had has to happen. Doing sooner……maybe hmm…I don’t know if that would be right, everything comes at the right time for the right purpose.
What advice would you give up and coming artists?
Don’t give up, especially if you are coming up ahahaha
What gear do you use and what’s your favorite three items?
I work with film, so I use film in my Pentax 67 II, I use water colors sometimes to paint other the prints, I use different sources of lighting. My favorite items: the prism which transformed light and picture sometimes, my camera itself and candy bar to keep me moving.
For you which came first, art or photography?
Art came first, when I was very small kid, at the age of 2-3 I’ve been constantly making something, using glue and paper, modeling clays, paints and my mom’s patience with the whole mess I’ve been leaving after myself.