There is a poignant and realistic quality to Hunar Daga’s photography that combines perfectly with his understanding of the human form and its place in the structures of the world we live in. His images illuminate seemingly ordinary scenes and characters with a vibrant glow that we can only assume comes from his fascination with light and shadow. The young photographer spoke to us about the way she practices her profession as well as the different artists and individuals who influence her.
Can you tell us a bit about the projects you are working on?
I’ve always had a passion for art and creativity, but I found my zen looking through the viewfinder. Although much of my work focuses on fashion, I am very passionate about any creative project I work on. My mood-based imagery is driven and directed by light, a sense of feeling, longing and curiosity for my subject. I strongly believe in the idea of brutal simplicity, which results in a minimal and clean approach in my work.
What are some of your biggest inspirations over the years of your artistic career?
I am inspired by my environment and my environment keeps changing. But some things that have been a constant source of inspiration for me are light and shadow. The way it shapes and gives character to everything is magical. Apart from that, traveling, especially in the mountains and exploring is something that keeps me going and always inspires me. I learn and I am inspired by something new every time. I’m also very inspired by the human body in terms of the movements and shapes it creates. This is something I seek to explore further.
Describe your creative process and the purpose with which you create.
My creative process is not very elaborate and depends on my inspiration of the moment or the object of the project. Some require a bit of research. I usually start by visualizing and creating a moodboard or drawing visuals on a piece of paper. It’s just to get a basic idea of ideology, direction and a starting point. From there, I go with it. A photograph should make you feel something only then it is a good photograph. (always affect the viewer, move them, make them stop and look at them and feel something.) this is my purpose with which I create.
What are some of your biggest influences as an artist?
Although travel plays a very important role in my work, there are many things that influence me. Shadow and light, minimalism, mirrors and reflections are a big part of my way of seeing things.
What are the things you learn by setting up projects?
I am constantly learning from every project I work on. Sometimes it’s about learning more about me and my process and other times it’s about learning and gaining new perspectives from my people. I learned that the creative process is sometimes superior.
Which artists are currently on your radar?
The artists on my radar continue to evolve based on my state of inclination. Elizaveta Porodina was a huge inspiration to me when I was just starting out. His work had a sense of beautiful clean surrealism that was moving. Currently, Jack Davison is a great source of inspiration for me. His images, tones and compositions are super compelling. I love how he uses layers and mystery in his work, which is enough for you to understand what he wants to communicate. I also really like Bharat Sikka’s work.
A project you would have liked to be part of?
I don’t really have a particular project in mind at the moment, but there are certain types of projects I would like to be involved in. I generally like any project that allows you freedom of creativity and exploration. In addition to fashion editorial work and brand campaigns, I would like to explore art, culture, spaces, travel and documentation.
You can follow Hunar’s work here.
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