12/02/2016

Forgotten

I was just cleaning up my laptop and came across these pictures I've forgotten to post. Well not really forgotten, just very picky with the content I post here. As you can see, I'm wearing something light, so these are probably taken in the summer. I didn't post them, because I wasn't really sure about the dress itself and not about the pictures. It is definitely pretty and perfect for summer days, but I wasn't really comfortable with the deep v cut. Anyway, it shouldn't have stopped me from posting them.


I've mentioned it in my previous post: I'm blogging every day till Christmas. I think it's a great way to exercise creatively on what kind of content I will post next and share it with you. If you have any recommendations or feedback, always welcome! 

It started when I thought of all those vlogmas videos on Youtube, like Samantha Maria or Sunbeamsjess (my favourite!). And having Christmas as a goal is kinda awesome (yes I'm that person who wants to put the tree up in November and play all day all night jolly Christmas songs). So why not start one myself? Not really comfortable talking to a camera yet, but curious to make some videos in the future. For now I'll see how it goes with blogging everyday! Tschüss!


12/01/2016

REAL SILVER/GOLD

It has been such a long time since I've bought myself some pretty jewellery. I got earrings and rings from AndOtherStories, necklaces from Weekday, but they all lose their quality in a short time. It's irritating and costs a lot in the long run. So I stopped spending money on 'fake silver/gold' and saved some for the real deal. What do you think? I've also found some instagram accounts from jewellery brands that you should check out, but I'll share that in another post! 

Got to go now! Tonight all of the musea in my hometown are open till 1a.m. and free. Bye and see you tomorrow! (I'm blogging everyday now, kinda like a countdown to christmas!)

Pictures from Pinterest

11/30/2016

Ghent

I've never been more excited to show you these pictures shot for Urban Outfitters. We compromised that I would create a city guide of my hometown, showing you where I spend my days as a little human being. As you can see it's far away from informational, but more of visual experience of Ghent. I find it hard to pick my favourite places as they wouldn't fit in one post/blog. So together with Rebecca (my bestfriend and fellow crazy catlady), who takes THE BEST pictures, we strolled around the city and tried to capture Ghent at its best.

From the Castle to Patershol and the heart of the city, strolling in an all white outfit with black accents. A trucker jacket to keep me warm and classy boots that are now one of my favourites to wear. Imagine if these were also frosty white? Try to keep that stain free. Challenge accepted! Tshüss, talk to you tomorrow! (more pictures will follow)

Jacket - Urban Outfitters, Chelsea boots - Urban Outfitters, Culottes - Weekday (Pictures by Rebecca Fertinel )

11/07/2016

Valentino Zharkovsky on the truth, the lie and his first exposition 'The Paradox Complex'

Here it is! My first interview with a very talented soul. Valentino Zharkovsky is a fashion photographer based in Belgium and is having his first solo exposition this coming saturday. We met each other at a nightclub, facebook friends for a while and now, after a cup of tea and laughter, we're teaming up for this interview. Without further ado, enjoy and let me know what you think!


Valentino Zharkovsky, photography, fashion, art
Valentino Zharkovsky / 23 / Belgium / Taurus

Tell us about yourself.
I’m 23 years old and a fashion photographer from Belgium. 

How did you got into photograpy? 
I’ve always been into fashion and cinema, but neither seemed the right fit for me. When I stumbled upon photography, partly through my one year education in photography in Highschool, I knew it would be the perfect medium to mix fashion and cinema together.

Are you self-taught or do you have any education in art or photography?
Yes, one year photography in Highschool. I’ve learned all the basics and techniques, mainly analogue. The digital side was a lot of self study and I learned from tutorials on the internet. Self taught! (DIY That’s the best way!)

What was your first camera?
My first camera was a Yashica. So I started analogue for my school assignments and my first fashion shoots. After two three shoots, just to test whether fashion photography would be my thing, I decided to buy a digital camera. (And do you still shoot analogue?) No, not anymore. (Why not?) My way of editing is difficult to apply in analogue photography. It’s possible but I wouldn’t achieve the same effect as in digital. Nothing against analogue of course but I like to shoot digital. It’s very fast, more accessible, you can take more pictures and don’t have to switch film. 

Define your work in a few words.
Defining my work is pretty simple. It’s basically the title of my exposition, A Paradox Complex. It forms the base of my work. You can look at it as having a complex where I constantly create paradoxes as I experience more of life. Something beautiful against something dark, but it still works together. This is how I emphasize everything.

Do you work around certain subjects?
It’s pretty personal. Mostly inner-growth and self-acceptance in an unapologetic manner. Behind every picture, there is a real story, but always presented through a different filter.

In your own portfolio, what are some important series for you?
There is one that is very important for me and it’s called Motel 9. I chose this one, because when I was in the middle of creating it, I had a great feeling about it. It’s a complete story and this is also the direction I want to go in for my future projects. Same goes for Elastic Effect, because it was also my first ever publication. And lastly, there is one more, which is a new one and will be shown in my exposition, Portrait of a Night Stalker. All of them are different, but when put together, you’ll see similarities. (Yes, you feel they fit all in one picture.) Yes, there is always a balance between the darkness of the story and the bold/colourful edit. These three series show that balance perfectly.


Valentino Zharkovsky, photography, fashion, art
Valentino Zharkovsky, photography, fashion, art
In terms of people keeping you inspired, who comes to mind?
Too many! No no, totally not (haha). David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Gaspar Noé and Gregg Araki. They are all directors. (Why this choice?) I barely look at other photographers and definitely fashion photographers, because I think if you look too much at their work, there is the chance you’ll copy them, consciously or unconsciously. It’s human, but I’d rather not. Cinema has always been with me since the beginning together with fashion. I love the way these directors present their story.

Tell us about your upcoming exhibition.
It's my first solo exposition and it's been a long time coming. Last year, 'round December, Simon Hugé from Fungamesboys, the organisation with whom I collaborate, contacted me for a group exposition they were doing, but back then I felt it wasn’t my time yet. I hadn’t made enough material to expose, but a few months later Simon and I talked about it again. He asked me again if I wanted to participate in a group exposition, I asked for a solo one, so I could show a lot more work and offer a total experience for people who enjoy my work. (Your exposition isn’t that far anymore!) Yes! One week to go and it all feels a bit surreal. It will only be one night, a one way ticket! There will be printed work and digital work presented in a fitting decor, a special soundtrack… and much more, all to complete my vision!

What is something most people don’t know about you?
There is one thing that I think nobody knows and it has nothing to do with photography. Everyday I wear two rings (shows golden ring on his ring finger and a silver one on his pink) and I never leave the house without them. They are symbolic for my parents, the silver one with a V engraved in stands for my mom. It was also her ring when she was younger. The golden one stands for my dad. I see these as my lucky charms and everywhere I go, family is with me. You can also link it with the stories behind my pictures. No matter how lonely or dark the pictures may look like, family is still there very close while I was creating it. They are like my guardian angels.

What are some mistakes you’ve made as a photographer and learned from?
In the beginning I was too naive, kindhearted and dealing with the wrong people, but eventually you learn from that. I always try to be friendly to people and kindhearted but sometimes, especially in this area, it’s business at the end of the day. Not everyone has the right intentions and you’ll have to stand strong against these types of people.

Valentino Zharkovsky, photography, fashion, art
Valentino Zharkovsky, photography, fashion, art
Do you have any rituals– whether before shooting?
I don’t really have rituals. I just have to be in the right mind set, because my work is very personal and I have to get that feeling… (you think of certain personal events?) Yes certainly. When the models are getting ready for the shoot, I try to think of the meaning of my story, what happened to me and how I felt about it. But if I don’t feel it, then it's not going to translate well.

Who do you dream of photographing/collaborating with?
Well my dreams are big, I think everybody has some qualities I could work with, but there a few which I think are interesting to collaborate with, visual wise. Lana Del Rey, she would fit perfectly in my work. Vintage, mysterious and sometimes very dark. Another one, Teddy Sinclair, is pretty much the same. For the rest, I like the golden age of Hollywood, because it was the peak of a manufactured industry. For example Jayne Mansfield. She was basically like the second Marylin Monroe, but more blonde, more sexual. She is also a big inspiration for looks, make up and sometimes styling. And if you look very closely, you can spot her in my work! (No way! Going to investigate that!)

If want to see more of his work, have a look at his website or instagram.
For the ones who are interested in the exposition:

WHEN: 12 November 2016, 20:00—23:00
WHERE: Kerk Gent, kerkstraat 24, 9050 Gentbrugge

Come and join us! It's a one night only event!

11/06/2016

Yay for Team!

It's always been a struggle, thinking what could be next with this piece of world wide web. From certain personal events I've experienced or heard from friends and others that there is way too much jealously going on. Especially in the creative sector, but also love life, friends, school, work and so on. Instead of focusing on the bad things, let's work together (sounds cliché, but plz).  It has been a frustration that I haven't done enough on social media and on this page to share and support other young creatives, so I want to change that. How? From interviews to video's, photo diaries, collaborations and so on. There is too much pretty that has to be shown. If you are interested in working together, styling, shoots, designing, creative concepts... or you just want to have a chit chat with me, let me know! Let's inspire and motivate each other :)

Tomorrow I'll start my interview series with young creatives. I've always taught about doing this, but it never came to a start. Busy with school, no time for it etc. (actually binge watching Narcos, spending too much quality time with my cats and philosophize about what my purpose is on earth). Anyway, talk to you tomorrow! Hope you're all well! (pictures from Pinterest)

9/05/2016

The Black Trucker Jacket

urban outfitters, denim, doris dave, outfit
urban outfitters, denim, doris dave, outfit, kittens
urban outfitters, denim, doris dave, outfit, kittens
urban outfitters, denim, doris dave, outfit
Black oversized denim jacket- Urban Outfitters, Sandals- Urban Outfitters, Cropped sweater- American Apparel, Trousers- Bershka

Finally I've got my hands on a pretty cool trucker jacket. I've always wanted one and this from Urban Outfitters is pretty much perfect. Totally black and oversized, just how I like it. It toughens every outfit up with a cool killer vibe. Match this with a white tee, black skinnies, chelsea boots and black sunnies and you're cool AF (lol, no really, lol).

Here I've styled it totally different. I don't know why, but it was very spontaneously. As was this shoot. Oh, and the kittens! We found those two cuties in a box left alone and welcomed them in our home. Yes, I've got 4 cats now and I'm not complaining. No fortune teller needed, because I can predict my future already: Loving, caring and growing old with these furry little creatures. #catladyforever