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A FRESH BREEZE FROM BUENOS AIRES – AN INTERVIEW WITH KATYA SIMKIN

Girls. Girls. Girls. There are a few aspiring photographers out there trying to shoot female characters in lingerie but just a fractional part of them are worth to get mentioned – Buenos Aires-based photographer Katya Simkin is one of them. Reasons enough for us to communicate with her about her hometown, her beautiful characters and what a good photo needs.

Where do you call home?
Home is where I feel comfortable, my apartment in Buenos Aires nowadays.

Where did you grow up and has this city had any influence on you?
I grew up in a small town in the countryside, plenty of nature, in Misiones, a state in the north of Argentina. I think my pictures are influenced by the peaceful and ethereal environment.

What fascinates you the most about Buenos Aires?
Definitely the anonymity and the independence that you can have being here because of the big size and the diversity of the city! It also has a lot of visual diversity and in culture.

Where does the love or passion to film-photography come from?
My film-photography passion started when I inherited an analogue camera, it led me to fall in love with all the process that takes place from taking the photo until you see it, I also love the texture and the pallet of colors you get with film and the accidents you may have.

Girls. Girls. Girls. The main characters you shoot are beautiful women mostly in lingerie. Is it a stylistic element to provoke the beholder? Where does this come from?
I always thought that the female body has beautiful curves and colours and I think you are able to create a world through the intensity of the picture that makes you wonder what is behind, that’s what I would like to provoke the beholder.

Could you imagine shooting boys?
Of course, I have done some boys series and I enjoy it too.

What do you do for a living?
I’m a student at the cinematography university and I’m actually working in an office as a manager’s assistant.

Is it compatible with your passion to photography?
Not really, I do it ‘just’ for a living but I would love to work with something related to photography!

Could you convey in words what a good photo needs?
For me, a good picture needs to transmit certain feelings and some background behind it.
It needs to show something more and create an environment.

Thanks to Katya for this lovely chit chat. If you would like to explore more of her images take a look at her social platforms such as Flickr and Instagram.

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