Anastasia Kole is a NYC-based art model and photographer specializing in a style of portrait photography that is both wonderfully ethereal and ever so beautiful (some images NSFW).
Hi Anastasia, how long have you been shooting and what first inspired you to pick up the camera?
I’ve been shooting for just about a year and a half. With about eight years of modelling, photo editing and just being around different kinds of production, it seems amazing to me that I didn’t pick up the camera sooner but I always thought that there were too many photographers already. I am very glad I became one of the many though. Photography has become key to understanding my own self.
You are both a model and a photographer; have your modelling experiences shaped the way you approach your photography?
Through modelling, I learned a lot about what it takes to create a good image; the composition, the light and shadows, the model’s pose, the concept… I was lucky to collaborate with some incredible artists and watch their process. That said, I think that my photography affected my modelling even more; when I model, I usually accommodate another person’s vision but, when I photograph, I fully take charge. Taking charge is crucial for growing as an artist, for shaping up your aesthetics, your values, and it affects every part of your life.
You also have a beautiful gallery of self portraits; tell us a little bit about how you first started this series and what your motivations were?
I started photographing myself when I went traveling around the Mediterranean by myself. I wanted to create and had no models around me – also I wanted to document my adventures and experiences. Self portraiture was a natural thing. I still take self portraits but rarely, mostly when I have an idea that I am itching to try right this moment and there is no one else around.
How would you define your personal style?
I am fascinated by human emotions and sensibilities. Transcendence. I like dreamy surreal sets and a state of quiet meditative contemplation.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
One ongoing project – the process of exploration, full of frustration and dissatisfaction, but incredibly rewarding too. I’d like to try different medias in the future – painting and video.
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