i am so happy that i chose miss darina velkova for this edition of littleLENS. darina’s work is actually how i was first introduced to her; i came across her facebook page through our mutual friends…we became friends, though, through a shared love of booty shaking at the likes of piknic electronik. originally from bulgaria, darina velkova is a freelance photographer based out of montreal – her work is influenced by everything from film, contemporary music and visual arts, but what’s especially unreal about her work is the way she manipulates it based on her emotional and visual response to her environment.
after studying at the fine arts national school of bulgaria and later, the westmount school of visual arts and dawson college in montreal, darina has completely encapsulated the intersection of creative helms, all within her amazing artistic vision. while at times, her work captures the deep, dark underground of nightlife in montreal, my favourite photos are scenic or landscape images that evoke this completely sublime intensity. montreal through her lens is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
“my work seeks to represent the expression of an enigmatic emotion, rather than to document reality…every moment vibrates with a unique emotional intensity; every emotional state has its own colour, it’s own meaning, temperature, story”
“colour is often one of the first aspects of the work to be noticed. language, too, resonates in every creation. i don’t seek to dictate an emotional response to the work…i seek to liberate the viewer’s unique emotional connection with my photographs”
place des arts street view
i don’t want to say too much here, because i want you all, as darina said, to figure out your own emotional connection with her work. for me, what’s so beautiful about darina’s work is her ability to capture her surroundings and turn them upside down, into something amazing and incredibly thought-provoking. some of these images are unrecognizable as what they are, they’re a work of art – and, of all things, they are just the world around us.
** all images are property of darina velkova photography **