INTIMATE INNER LIFE
Mira Nedyalkova is a Bulgarian artist, bornt in Sofia. Her photos express herself and her intimate inner life.
We had a little chat with her, that we would love to share with you!.
Please, introduce yourself.
My name is Mira Nedyalkova. I am Bulgarian. I was born in Sofia.
I started with drawing in the Art Academy of Sofia. Later in 2007 I discovered photography as a means to express myself and completely replaced painting.
In my images I use pain as a beauty, erotic as a psychological way of life. I express myself and my intimate inner life.
You told us you have background as a model. When did you start modeling, and why are you no longer into that?
Yes, first of all I came into the world of photography as a model when I was 18 years old. However as a model I was never satisfied from the end result. It was somehow 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 very powerful voice for me. Later in my life I have stop 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 a self portraiture and 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. Im my work the model (character) is not only beautiful, she must brings 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… eroticism is what fascinates the viewer, but not to excite his senses, but to enter his soul, the essence … we sink deep into your heart and your mind … to help us to know, to see nearly our fears and hidden desires and to accept them, to accept them in order to enjoy them.
Why do you choose to shoot your photos under the water? What does the water mean to you?
Indeed, the majority of my works are in the water, this of course is not accidental. From many points of view, for me the water is very suitable means 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, shadowс, shapeс and colorс the water transforms in an incredible way and the final effect is outstanding and always surprising. It’s really inspiring to me. From the artistic point of view and as a vehicle, the water is my creation. The creation, the life, the power…the water is filled with tremendous energy. 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 highly erotic element precisely because of the opposites that brings. Water is the one who quenches our thirst and saves us. Lust for life of each of us, the thirst for love and the eternal struggle and attempt to erase, to dull, to heal the pain, sadness, loneliness …
Your work is really interesting and has a lot of details, like the make up, hairstyle, etc. Do you work alone, or do you have a team?
The truth is that I do not use any makeup or hairstylist.
I don’t work in a team, I manage to prepare everything by myself. When I see that I need help, I can always rely on my good friend Mihaela, in fact she is the model in many of my works.
What are your working on right now?
Currently I’m working on my upcoming participation in a collective exhibition in Tokyo 4 – 23 April 2016.
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…