23 Apr 2014

Mariam Sitchinava Photography + Interview

Mariam Sitchinava is a 25-year-old freelance film photographer based in Tbilisi (Georgia). Mariam started shooting, without any formal education, in 2009. After 8 months of shooting she got her first commercial project. She has worked with fashion labels such as Vaudeville & Burlesque and Urban Outfitters

As you can see above her work is mesmerizing. She captures woman in beautiful places, nature is a relevant element in her work, adding a bucolic and melancholic vibe to the picture, something that reminds me of the way Tarkovsky used to shoot woman in his films.

She's been too kind to answer some questions for the blog, 
so here there is my interview with Mariam: 

♦ When did you start taking photos? // ¿Cuándo empezaste a hacer fotos? 

About 3-4 years ago. // Hace tres o cuatro años.

♦ Your work features beautiful women and has a great feminine style. What do you want to manifest with your pictures? // En tu trabajo aparecen mujeres hermosas y tiene un gran estilo femenino. ¿Qué quieres expresar con tus fotos?

The emotion, the positive feelings, the beautifulness of women. // La emoción, los sentimientos positivos, la belleza de las mujeres. 

♦ What inspires you? Which photographers have influenced you? // ¿Qué te inspira? ¿Qué fotógrafos te han influenciado?

For me anything can be inspirational. It's hard to say, because there are photos of various photographers that influenced me. // Cualquier cosa puede ser inspiradora para mí. Es difícil de decir, porque hay fotos de varios fotógrafos que me han influenciado. 

 What camera are you using? You work with film and I love that. What do you think of film vs digital? // ¿Qué cámara utilizas? Trabajas con película y eso me encanta. ¿Qué piensas de film vs digital?

Mainly I'm using soviet film cameras. Digital never would be the same as film. // Principalmente cámaras analógicas soviéticas. Lo digital nunca será igual que la película. 

♦ Could you tell us about the experience of working for fashion brands like Vaudeville & Burlesque and Urban Outfitters? // ¿Podrías hablarnos acerca de tu experiencia trabajando con marcas de moda como Vaudeville & Burlesque y Urban Outfitters?

It was a very good experience for me, we've worked very good. They gave me freedom of shooting and as an artist I value it most. // Ha sido una experiencia muy buena para mí, trabajamos muy bien. Me dieron libertad y como artista eso es lo que más valoro. 

♦ What projects do you have? // ¿Qué proyectos tienes?

I want to tell you about my project called Illusory. It's an experimental project between me and film photographers around the world. We shoot films without exposing and then exchange to do double exposure. Results are amazing. // Quiero hablaros del proyecto llamado Illusory. Es un proyecto experimental que realizo con fotógrafos de todo el mundo. Sacamos fotografías en film sin exposing y luego las intercambiamos para montar la doble exposure. Los resultados son increíbles. 

♦ Do you have any tips for new photographers? // ¿Algún consejo para los fotógrafos principiantes?

They just need to be themselves. They should think outside of any frame or box and expresses their emotions. // Sólo tienen que ser ellos mismos. Pensar fuera del cuadro/caja y expresar sus emociones. 

You can find all Mariam Sitchinava's work in here: 


11 Apr 2014

Distinguish melancholy from sadness

Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. 

 It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk. Spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. 

It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. 

Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” 

—  Albert Camus, Notebooks (1951-1959)

[Krystian Zimerman & Kaja Danczowska play
César Franck's Violin Sonata, 1st movement.]

As the decay of winter slowly fades away and spring's bloom rises the images above, Camus' words, and that beautiful and melancholical piece reflect my mood during these days. 


Ph.: L’Eclisse (1962)Olga Onischenko, Leopoldo Pomés (Revista Grúa, 1957), Brigitte BardotElise Crombez by Annemarieke van Drimmelen ('Io Sono L’Amore', Vogue Netherlands, December 2012), Raymond Depardon (Jardin du Luxembourg, 1989), Jean Sebergthe69thoprahhatpartypoppycockburnmost-beautiful-girls-caps, nostalgia, Nymph()maniac vol. I (2013), La Notte (1961), Visual 404