MARIYA NOVAKOVA | Los colores que esconde la noche

Mariya Novakova, fotógrafa búlgara de Diseño Gráfico y Fotografía, comenzó a interesarse por la foto desde la secundaria, cuando con su smartphone empezó a retratar las luces de su ciudad, las puestas de sol, y los colores del cielo; “Me di cuenta de lo que me rodeaba en un sentido visual. El ambiente de la ciudad por la noche comenzó a fascinarme.” De hecho, no le gusta que le llamen “fotógrafa”, ya que dice solamente observar e intentar capturar lo que le gusta. Sus mayores influencias vienen del cine y la fotografía de la naturaleza dramática, los colores neón y el lado cibernético de Blade Runner, más la filmografía de Andrei Tarkovsky.

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Sus imágenes son tomadas con una Canon 1100D y una lente de 50 mm, y recientemente, ha estado experimentando con cámaras de 35 mm. En cuanto a la edición, resulta algo meditativo: “El proceso de edición es casi más agradable que capturar la foto. Me encanta usar texturas y colores en mi edición, me ayudan a crear la atmósfera surrealista y de ensueño que trato de lograr.” Matices, juego a distancia, y la magia del color dentro de la noche, son parte de lo que se destaca de su trabajo.

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Mariya Novakova’s dark and gorgeous photographs of unpeopled streets are abuzz with color.

The small quirks and surprises that arise at nighttime are elevated anew under the cinematic lens of young Bulgarian photographer Mariya Novakova. Rendering nuanced shots while shooting from a distance, the photographer’s appreciation for the magic of the night is obvious. Novakova hails from Plodviv, Bulgaria, her hometown and where she studied for a degree in graphic design and photography at the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Arts. Her interest in photography began in high school, when she first began taking photos of city lights and skies streaked with sunset with a camera phone.

“[During this time,] I became more aware of my surroundings, in a visual sense. The vibe of the city at night started to fascinate me,” Novakova shares with Creators.

The young artist admits she does not call herself a photographer (“I just observe and try to capture things that I like”), and cites cinema and its dramatic, photographic nature as an inspiration, in particular the neon and cyberpunk appeal of Blade Runner and the work of Andrei Tarkovsky

Individual photos are taken with a Cannon 1100D and a 50mm lens, and recently, Novakova has also been experimenting with a 35mm film camera. Her editing process is something of a meditative affair that is both relaxing and highly significant to the final product: “To me the editing process is almost more enjoyable than capturing the photo,” Novakova explains. “I’m really fond of using textures and colors in my editing. They help me create the surreal, dreamlike atmosphere I try to achieve.”

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Puedes ver más de su trabajo en su Flickr e Instagram.

 

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