An elixir for existence
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Mira Nedyalkova attended the Academy of Art, beginning first as a painter and model. She approaches to photography in 2007, experimenting with a technique that is somewhere between painting and photography. Mira’s main inspiration di lei is water, and she likes to portray her models floating around looking like otherworldly creatures who fill us with a mysterious dynamism. Water is the constant and fundamental element for his art di lei because it represents for her power, and energy creation of lei. We are born of our mother’s water, and water is keeping us alive, along with all forms of life on our planet. A powerful symbol of creation, it has fascinated artists for centuries with its lethal power.
Identity of the soul
“I always loved the water for its transparency, purity and strength”, she says. “Water is so clean and visually looks so beautiful and subtle. The reflexes of the water seem to reflect images and light that are so unique in any given moment. For me, it symbolizes life and the transience of things. Symbolizes pleasure and sin, and in the same time purity and chastity. I strive to connect these two extremes and to blend them into one. For us to be happy, without forgetting the pain. “
Ophelia, a character created by William Shakespeare in his play ‘Hamlet’, is a popular source of inspiration in Fine Arts, especially in painting. Covered in flowers, the pale Ophelia drowned in water to forget the selfish prince of Denmark. Mira Nedyalkova certainly knows this story and the different paintings inspired by it. Indeed, she was first a painter herself. Then she replaced painting by photography, but she kept her love for dramatic scenes and Fine Arts inspiration. The erotic portraits of her friends di lei and herself are breathtaking as the liquid elements often symbolize oblivion, which was the case for Ophelia. Her ethereal heroines di lei are not only Shakespearian, they are also floating between the worlds of lust and purity, life and death, peace and energy.
Memories of tomorrow
“I used to draw when I was younger. Then I was affected mostly by Cezanne, as a painting technique. In the later stage, when my life began moving to photography I was greatly affected by Egon Schiele and Klimt they conquest me every day. Looking into their drawings I got to know myself, I felt like a part of them, understood what is I need and what excites me – namely, love and eroticism, beauty and pain. I can not forget to mention the photographer whose influence was really huge and crucial for my work, this is a Polish photographer Jan Saudek. He opened my eyes to the ethereal flesh that beauty “beyond”, all the happiness we can know if we learn to accept the pain, the joy, beauty and imperfections as a whole. “
Take me somewhere nice
“I was a model for a long time. However, as a model I was never satisfied from the end result. It was somehow like something was missing, my soul was missing. I could not express myself in those images, but I think I felt that photography as art can have a very powerful voice for me. Later in my life I stopped modeling and became a model for myself. In my work I am the photographer, the model, the stylist, the makeup artist. I am also the post production director. This whole process definitely charges me and satisfies me. In fact half of my work is self portraiture and for the other half my friend is my model. She perfectly manages to recreate my ideas and images and our work together is very successful and enjoyable. “
Embrace the journey
“In my work the model (character) is not only beautiful, she must bring not only joy but also sadness, she exudes eroticism and coldness, she is filled with joy .. but the pain is forever with her. My model is my main element, but in fact it is almost as if it is not there at all, all there is is my soul and my world. My images do not present the model, her nice shapes or beautiful eyes. The eyes are closed in almost every image , my character is disembodied, her nakedness is left unseen, forgotten. “
“From many points of view, for me the water is very suitable to express what I carry in me and recreate my ideas. First I will say that from a technical point of view, shooting water brings me great joy. In contact with light, shadows, shapes and colors the water transforms in an incredible way and the final effect is outstanding and always surprising. It’s really inspiring to me. It is the winner of pleasure and delight, it gives life, but also poses a risk, threat, it can destroy us. I love the transparency and purity of water, light and reflecting and transformations that is suffered in contact with another medium. For me, the water is a highly erotic element precisely because of the opposites that it brings. Water is the one who quenches our thirst and saves us. Lust for life in each of us,the thirst for love and the eternal struggle and attempt to erase, to dull, to heal the pain, sadness, loneliness. “
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