January 31st, 2019
Jesse Gussow


There is a dark, unsettling and grotesque feel to the photography by Daria Amaranth, yet the complete composure of the models eases your initial squeamishness. The use of reds with blacks give it a darker feel, too, while the use of green gives a more natural and relaxing image. The work feels like the best example of a moment caught in time, soft, dark and peaceful.



Where are you from?
Saint Petersburg, Russia.



How did you get interested in photography?
One day (this happened about four years ago) I suddenly realized that I wanted to create visual stories with a camera: it is like the equivalent of magical realism, since the photo image gives me the opportunity to compose and capture an imaginary, dreamlike reality.


What's the best way to describe your photographic style?
I like to create stories, the perception of which is based on feelings, when the analytic aspect is implied precisely within the emotional experience. If I can define it in a specific term I suppose I can call it an interweaving of conceptual pattern with elements of fashion and fine art.


What type of equipment do you prefer to use? Why did you go with that specific brand?
I use a quite simple SLR camera at the moment, the brand and the novelty of the model are not significant for me.


When you're setting up a shoot, what is your process?
Usually this is a combination of internal preparation and an intuitive process based on inspiration by the moment - for me in a certain sense it is similar to creating a painting canvas, during which the camera and, for example, the fabric that I often use in shooting are like brushes.


If you could shoot anywhere in the world, where would you go and why there?
In outer space and also in a place where there is a lot of ice around.


What is the most important aspect in taking a picture for you?
To create a sensitive response, visually embody the feeling in its most subtle state, something that can penetrate the perception without additional verbal characteristics.



If you had a time machine, where would you go and why?
Perhaps I would choose between time and a place where I myself was and a place where I had never been.



Do you edit your own photos?
Yes, I do but I work only with tones - all the necessary elements I prefer to organize and create during photo shooting itself.


How do you come up with your ideas for a shoot?
They can appear suddenly and look like some small details, creating a central image. For example, I can be inspired by a visual element in the movie I watch and my concept will emerge from this.



What does your work say about you?
It's a good question because it's quite difficult to describe myself especially at the intersection with my works. I suppose they say a lot about my inner vision of existing and imaginary realities.



What is the biggest challenge you've had to overcome as a photographer?
I like to control all the details during my photo shoot so I think it's a kind of a challenge to organize such a photo shoot all by myself (including model scouting, make up, styling, art direction, etc.)


If you weren't a photographer, what job would you have?
Musician or performer.


How have you matured as a photographer when you first started to now?
I started with simple snapshots, approaching the exact reflection of imaginary images, but this process, in my opinion, always moves, as there are steps that are replaced every time along with the inner vision.


Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?
I've never tasted Fudgee-O but since I have a sweet tooth they look very delicious.

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