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Delicate Brutality: An Interview with Svitlana Levchenko

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Svitlana Levchenko is a fine art photographer from Kiev, Ukraine. Her style can be described as an aesthetic of brutality mixed with delicate emotional femininity, diluted with subtle perversion... and we are loving it! Svitlana specializes in portraying people and the world that surrounds them. By using different techniques to "complete" a photo, she fills it with meaning and life. This particular series invites viewers to explore the characters that live in Svitlana's mind. Her work had been exhibited both at home and abroad, and has been featured in several publications. Read on to learn more about this very talented photographer!

Svitlana Levchenko

Svitlana Levchenko

What made you decide to become a photographer?

Creativity for me is an escape. It's an escape into the inner world from external imperfections. I am not saying that everything is perfect inside my mind. Far from it. Sometimes it's even scary there but it's certainly stunning. You can consider my work as a struggle against the ugliness of everyday life. In the country where I live, the aesthetics of everyday life is not the first necessity. This pushes the skill of seeking out the beautiful, and it generates the need to create in order to support internal aesthetic balance.

Tell us more about your work. What inspires you?

In general, the style of my works can be described as a mix of aesthetics of brutality and delicate emotional femininity, diluted with subtle perversion. I specialize in portraits of people and the world around them. Photographing portraits is my necessity; this is the air I breath. I am a very sensitive and addictive person, so anything - from the shadow on the ground to the problem of emigration from the country - can inspire me on a project. A day without creativity I find useless.

What is your artistic process?

When I am working, I feel love: the love they sing about under the rain in the films. The brighter that love, the stronger the result I get.

What do you want to accomplish with your work? How are you doing this?

The photograph as an object for me, is not the final product, but rather the material. I believe that the method in which you process the image tells more about the subject-matter than actually just the still image on paper. Tear, cut, sew, print on items are not intended for this purpose - all of these are good ways of conveying the meaning of what you want to say.

"People are Strange II"

"People are Strange II"

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I think it would be the most useless superpower - spangle and cuddles to the death.

View all of Svitlana's work here.