Bahrain-based Yulia Trubnikova first discovered her love for photography while in school, and this love has grown more since her arrival in the Kingdom
How do you consider Bahrain in terms of photography?
Bahrain is a small country, and this is where your creativity starts. There are plenty of urban and industrial places, which I love and with good imagination you can play a lot with it.
What inspires you?
The beauty of people, their features, style, expressions and even their differences. That’s how all my photography started.
How did you discover your love for photography?
I have always perceived the world through visuals. I went to an art school and loved painting. Later I started taking pictures and fell in love with it. It soon became my hobby. What triggered as a hobby changed into my passion when I moved to Bahrain.
What fulfills you as a person?
Seeing that people like the results of my work.
There’s a belief that it is tough for a woman artist. People assume women have fewer opportunities, less power. Do you agree?
It is a bit more difficult to prove yourself in this so-called “men’s world”, however, I believe that talent has no gender. It’s either there or not. As for the opportunities, it’s a matter of energy, hard work, persistence and self-belief.
Your mantra for success?
Do what you love to do. Learn, work on it, develop and never give up
What motivates you to pick up the camera and shoot?
There are so many things that motivate me. Sometimes while driving around the town, I see fancy shapes, reflections, shadows or some place and imagine a theme and a model for a photoshoot. It’s funny, but at times, I’m in middle of a conversation with someone and suddenly I stare at something and say, that would be a great photo!
What fascinates you?
The beauty of the world. It’s endless. In today’s world, you have to be creative to be successful? How you plan to be out-of-the-box? I have my way and my vision. My favourite photographer, Marc Jacobs, has said, ‘I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect — they are much more interesting!’. I just can’t agree more. I like to show beauty in unusual things, to make unpredictable combinations, to capture real emotions. I don’t want to brag, but catching a good moment is my strong side.
How do you approach the challenges that life throws on you?
If I fail in one plan, I set up another. Though I am an emotional person, every time I fail I compose myself and think what next. Once I get an idea action will follow. Life without challenges would be boring anyway.