April 6th, 2017
Jesse Gussow

I love the beauty of Natalia Drepina’s photography. The flooding of emotions that overwhelm you when you see her work is part of what I love. It’s chilling and beautiful. The imagery is very dark but her subtle use of colour in her photography just brings the perfect balance to the image. It is very much the blending of dreams and nightmares, peace and torment.


Where are you from?

I’m from Lipetsk, Russia.


How did you get started in photography?

At first I expressed myself through poetry and music, but I wanted to extend those boundaries and once I tried to visualize the stories of my imagination into reality through photography. It gives me the opportunity to show others a piece of my soul, images of my subconscious. In recent years, photography intertwined with the other side of my creativity – music and poetry. Many of my pictures are visualizations of my poems and stories.


What was your first camera? Do you remember the first picture you ever took?

My first camera was a Canon EOS 450D. No, I don’t remember the first photograph, because I always took several photo series. Probably it was one of self-portraits - because it was the beginning of my photographic path.


What do you think your photography says?

Mainly, my photography is a monologue of "The Fragile Wounded Souls" [ed. note: an art book by Nathalie containing her photos, poems and texts.] - in different guises, but always filled with melancholy. Dreams and nightmares intertwined with reality.


What's the most challenging aspect of photography?

For me is that sometimes it's difficult to find the ideal model or place for the realization certain ideas.


What's in your camera bag?

Canon EOS 7D, several lenses (Canon and Lensbaby).


How many photographs do you take on an average shoot? Of those, how many do you edit? Of the ones you edit, how many do you actually think are worth sharing?

 I take around 200-400 shots. I usually edit 10-40 photos. Sometimes I can share the entire series or only a half, or just 1-2 shots.


Where do you find inspiration for your shoots?

I find inspiration in my subconscious, my dreams, poetry and melancholic music. I’m inspired by the sadness and its shades.


If you weren't a photographer what would you be doing instead?

I would still be doing something creative. However, I already do it.  In addition to photography I have a lot of passions - like music, poetry, crafts, doll making.


Are you a self taught photographer?

Yes, I’m self-taught photographer.


What software do you use for editing?

I edit my photos in Adobe Photoshop.


Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies? Or another delicious dessert?

Neither one nor the other. I prefer to cook vegetarian desserts and cookies. I like marzipan and cakes with fresh fruits and nuts.

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