NEXT UP: Nastya Fedkina
Graphic Designer & Photographer
Origin: Moscow, Russia
We got a hold of Nastya Fedkina, a graphic designer and photographer based in Moscow. From inspirations to motivation, Nastya tells us her love for creating art. Check out the interview below:
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a graphic designer. In photography, I am more attracted to portrait and landscape photography. In design, I like printing products, layouts of magazines and books, creation of logos and corporate identity design. I like that these two areas complement each other. There is always the opportunity to develop further. Without creativity, I can not imagine what else I could seriously do in life.
When was the point where you decided this was your path or that you wanted to pursue it?
I think I finally understood my direction in photography when I was in my 3rd year of studies. It was in school that I started taking pictures, but then I put off this idea and began to actively study graphic design. My first photos were smartphone photos. I take pictures of what I see around and of certain things that catch my eye. I graduated from art school and my passion for drawing abstractions helped me look at my work in a different way. Now I already understand how it is possible to combine two spheres and to spend time doing what you really love.
Where do you get your inspirations from or what inspires you? Any artists that inspire you?
The main source of inspiration for me is nature, as well as films, books, magazines, and music. Sometimes I can be inspired by the most diverse things that occur on my way through the city. It can be clouds, light in the windows, architecture, reflections in glass, falling shadows on the street, a tram ride and an electric train. Of the artists, I am inspired by Mat Collishaw, Egon Schiele, Francesca de Woodman, Alexey Bulatov, Tereza Ruller, Claude Monet, Mikhail Vrubel, Arkhip Kuindzhi, and many others. My list is constantly updated and changes depending on the mood and my thoughts.
Fav quote to live by?
“Carpe diem” — from the movie "Dead Poets Society" (1989) by Peter Weir. I recommend you to watch it.
What's something people don't know about you?
Probably, not many people know about my thoughts, ideas, and mood. I can tell about this only to people close to me. There is a boundary between personal and public space. Therefore, my personal world concerns only me.
What's next for you? Any exciting news you might want to spill to humanity?
Recently I started a project about life in a social flat in Russia, how we live in space and our attitude to what is happening. I will participate in this project also as a model because it directly concerns me. I will do this project with one of the living persons, who inspires me as I mentioned earlier (from question 4).
What are you currently listening to?
Ethnic and calm music. From the performers I like to listen to Bola Baja, and from the groups: Cigarettes After Sex, Cicadas in Acacias, Yatao.
Photography by Nastya Fedkina.
Interview by Dreina Bautista.