GEORGIA

Photos by Natia Rekhviashvili

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Natia Rekhviashvili (15)

Where do you live?

I live in Tbilisi, Georgia. Located on the southeastern edge of Europe, Tbilisi’s proximity to lucrative east-west trade routes often made the city a point of contention between various rival empires throughout history. Historically, Tbilisi has been home to peoples of diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

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How did you start taking pictures? Usually there is always the old story of the boy who finds his grandfather’s camera; did that happen to you as well or not?

Ever since my childhood I loved drawing and painting. In the last few years I’ve been painted rarely photography filled the need of art inside me.  Photography became an integral part of my life.  My grandfather and uncle were amateur photographers, I have many beautiful B&W old family portraits at home.  First time I used my brother’s old film camera and made few portraits of my friends. I studied in collage of fine arts. Than continued studding fashion design in university. Photography was close to me, soon I bought my own camera and began taking photos, mostly documentary life involved self portraiture. Than I passed many good photography workshops and improved my skills.

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Where your inspiration does comes from?

My inspiration comes from stories around me, real life, emotions.  I express my thoughts and feelings by self portraits. One project I began to express the feelings of loneliness in a crowd, when a young woman is somewhere else with thoughts, not connected to the group and place.  I leave it up to the observer to perceive the image in their own way

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In a portrait, what is important for you?

In portrait it is important to show human’s soul,  emotion. Background, the complex atmosphere  tells about the person.

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What kind of relationship do you have with your subject when you shoot?

 Mostly I work in self portraiture. Self portraits is a way for me to express a story or idea I have wherever I am, whenever.

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Do you think it’s important to follow a school to learn how to shoot?

Yes It’s important, but more important is to develop yourself and continue hard working, improving, investigating.

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What’s the photo you want to take and you never did?

Photos of some important people  who have died already.

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What’s your photo-mission?

To make such photos so they are worthy.

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