A time when every second person has a DSLR attached to their arm, and is chasing the dream of being the next big thing on Instagram: vision, taste and an eye for aesthetic are the only distinguishing factors between one creative and the next.
Tamila Kochkarova has only been on the scene for over a year, but is already making waves for her portraits and manipulations of the human form. Born in Uzbekistan, her love for photography is coupled with the joy of running her household. In a climate that breeds neutrality, Tamila’s honesty and candid approach is refreshing and endearing, to say the least.
My favorite thing about shooting portraits is being able to capture the side of someone that no one has probably seen in them before. It’s in those momentary glances that I’m able to see the depth of their character and the different nuances of who they are.
I believe each fabric/texture adds character to every photo. Also, every person’s skin tone makes each fabric look different in every photo, which genuinely fascinates me. I believe a good portrait goes beyond the subject. I use fabrics because, to me, it’s almost like a different aspect of their personality in something tangible.
People definitely inspire my portraits. The way they look at things, expressions and generally, anything I might find intriguing makes me want to capture them in my portraits. Sometimes, it’s almost instantaneous. I’ve met someone and known almost immediately that I wanted to capture a picture of them.
Unfortunately, there’s no philosophical or deep-rooted idea behind it. I wish I could say there was. One morning I woke up and decided to play with some apps on my phone and came across one that allowed me to do this. The only reason I continued playing with the same app and messing with people’s faces/bodies is because everybody around me told me not to continue doing so. They said they enjoyed my regular portraits more, but I was having too much fun.
Honestly, not really. I wish I could say I do, but it took me to start shooting myself to realize what the situation is here. My main issue stems from the fact that the only creatives that photographers here try to compete with are the ones that are based here. Expand your horizons.