name: Nikola Lamburov
education: University for the Creative Arts, Fashion Promotion and Imaging
location: London, UK
Mokuso: How long have you been taking pictures?
Nikola Lamburov: Vocational – for 3 years.
M: Which genre defines your work? Or genres? Is it anyway possible for a person, who loves to take pictures, to work only in one direction and what would be the circumstances?
N.L: I work in fashion photography. I like this direction and makes me feel contented for now, but I wouldn’t put limits to myself. Photography is a visual communication that can be expressed in many ways. I actually hope that my work will become more experimental.
M: Does the equipment matter?
N.L: Of course. The better the equipment is the more successful the visualisation. Even more if the work is commercial.
M: And the years of practice?
N.L: The experience helps the photographer to make his own style recognizable. In my professional path I would like to lear the most important lesson – not to be scared to make mistakes. To advance in practice one must experiment and I am still scared of the unknown.
M: What do you think about trends in fashion photography? Are there any? Up to what extent is Photoshop a part of the required image quality and photography product?
N.L: The trends in the fashion industry change so fast, there are so many micro trends, that are constantly recycled. This is a problem of the postmodernism. So Photoshop is also a part of the postmodernism. SGI (computer generated imagery) allow the artist to create hyper realities and simulations to represent their ideas or those of the corporations they work for. To me the idea that Photoshop ruins the image is archaic. The mass media have put women and their bodies in a stereotype long before Photoshop existed. Fashion industry and Photoshop are just part of the problem.
M: How did you find yourself in the United Kingdom and how does it influence your art?
N.L: I came in London to study. I found friends, made contacts and so I settled. The market here is overladen, fast and aggressive, which helps to motivate the artists drive and enterprise. Besides London is like the center of the world. Here I feel aware for the world’s bigger picture – political and cultural.
M: Can you share an interesting situation in the university or at work when being a bulgarian was hindrance/priority?
N.L: I don’t think my bulgarian descent was ever a hindrance. Maybe there were people who had prejudice. Where I come from helps me a lot with inspiration. The bulgarian modern culture is exceptionally interesting and not fully studied, you can always find original ideas in it.
M: What kind of people do you work for or wish to work for?
N.L: At this point I chose small publications that represent young artists. I would like to work with publications and people who communicate broad range of ideas.
M: Do you think of coming back to Bulgaria for good? And what does our country lack in arts, culture and creative industries?
N.L: I don’t think I will be coming back soon. I like the social environment here and have more opportunities. But I surely would like to work in Bulgaria one day. In our country is more important to create culture and spread ideas and information. This is a luxury in London and a need in Bulgaria. I would like to have a magazine based in Bulgaria.
M: What can be defined as your inspiration?
N.L: I am inspired by eastern culture, politics, totalitarian architecture, pop culture, turbo-folk (chalga), history, chola, Slavoj Zizek, the internet, random tumblrs, LGBT culture, mismatch, commercialism, Joshua Oppenheimer… Everything, everywhere, always.
M: Can you give some recommendation to starting young photographers?
N.L: The recommendation is valid for me also since I am also a young starting photographer: don’t stop, try and don’t be afraid.
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