In Conversation With:
When did you first begin collaborating?
It started oh so suddenly. Nadiia was always interested in fashion and had some small collection of vintage clothes and I simply owned a camera. So we decided to make pictures merely for fun. And to our surprise, we discovered that it's something that we truly enjoy and from that moment it got serious.
Your works strike a fantastic balance between conceptual photography and fashion editorial. How do you go about achieving this duality in styles?
Thanks a lot for the compliment. Personally, we feel like we are not there yet but that's definitely what we are aspiring to. At first, we realized that we have similar preferences for the visual component, and then we found out that we are attracted by similar concepts and ideas. We are both interested in symbolism, mythology, theatricality, femininity, and sexuality. And that’s what we are actively trying to bring to our works. When collaborating, we are welcoming all ideas, whether it comes from the makeup artists or our friends. So at the end of the day, both of us are trying to bring our own philosophy as well as including thoughts of people who are taking part in the creative process.
What are your favourite things about being in a creative duo?
I think it is the fact that each of us is having different backgrounds. Nadiia is Korean and I come from Ukraine, so it definitely gives an interesting twist to the way we work. We have a chance to dive into each other's cultures and find out something new each time we collaborate.
Do your visions on a shoot ever clash? How do you best combine potential conflicting creative ideas?
I wouldn't say that we have conflicts during work because being a duo initially involves the work of two different personalities. Even if we have minor disagreements we always try to talk and find the way out. Communication is the key I guess and besides, we always keep in mind that we have a photoshoot to do. There are so many things along the way, that we simply don’t have time for arguments.
Where do you see yourselves progressing?
For me, it’s to have our own exhibition. Also, I would love to open our own studio. And Nadiia just wants to become a rich celebrity haha. But speaking seriously, for now we just want to develop professionally and see where it will lead us.
What advice would you give to creatives in your field at such an uncertain time?
Take your time. Breathe in, breathe out. And maybe it will sound cliche, but just do what you love.