Who are you and what do you do? I’m a trapeze artist; I climb Lithuanian mountains looking for diamonds.
Describe the place you are at right now. I’m in my office, in the 19th district in Paris, white walls, big window, grey sky, a pear chocolate pie on my desk.
How do you find inspiration in your daily life? I’m a portrait photographer so the person in front of the camera inspires me... or not. Most of my works don’t need inspiration; it is about catching a truth, a face, a body that can tell us a story.
Tell us more about one of your projects « Gymnast& wrestler »; it’s the third series of my work on identity. The first two were about people on the countryside in Eastern Europe, in some regions when time almost stopped some decades ago. Gymnast and wrestler, I made in Bulgaria, it’s about two sports that used to bring lots of medals to the country before the fall of USSR. Today it is still practiced by a lot of young Bulgarians with a hope of a career in a country where economic opportunities are still so few. I was very interested by this young athletes working so hard practicing a sport like Wrestling, which was almost removed by IOC from the Olympics, because it was regarded as not being enough popular. In this series I wanted to portray them outside of the movement, simply standing in front of the camera to see how they would react deprived of their reasons of being athlete. Usually what happened, was that they tensioned their bodies, and their looks, in many faces you could see their determination. I did these images across four cities in Bulgaria. After the first days I knew something was going to be repeated quite often, the attention of the trainers during the shooting. They wanted to show their work, the pride they had for the athletes they trained for years. Sometimes I felt like a part of the training.
What’s your view of the future? To grow organic blueberries in a Costa Rica forest.
What’s the best thing about your work? Probably that you never know what it’s going to be like the next month.
What is the best hour of the day and what do you do at that hour? The hour that I’m answering questions about my work.