interview with ZOE KTENA
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 A Deep ..Dark and..Dreamy photographer from Greece. Delve into her iconography!














AM:How did you take the decision to be a photographer?
I was playing around with a camera since I remember myself; However, a couple of years ago I started taking photography more seriously by studying a lot of its history and some technical stuff, trying various themes and styles & experimenting a lot with film as well.  So I think the only decision I really made was on my thematic and the means (equipment) I would use. 
 AM:Whose work has influenced you most?
Andrei Tarkovsky.  It's quite an embarrassing story. I didn't know who he was until a journalist likened a project of mine to Tarkovsky.  So I did the research, I read about him, found his photography portfolios and watched all of his movies cause it was truly love at first sight. The atmosphere & the naturalness combined with a spiritual crisis and melancholy - he spoke to my soul; it's weird, because it's like he influenced me in retrospect, but he totally defined my point of view.  
I generally admire André Kertesz, Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and Paul Strand to name a few. 
AM: Your photography, mostly, is a dedication in contrast. How would you describe your aesthetics?
I'm usually either up or down in my life in general, and that appears in my photos too, without consciously pursuing it all. I believe my ''aesthetics'' have a fixed thematic like nostalgia, romance, dreamy & cinematic sceneries and simplicity, all depicted in a dark way I guess. I like portraying these themes in a ''high''-contrast way.  When it comes to photographing people, I'm attracted to strong, interesting and sometimes eccentric personalities that are not afraid to show their ''feminine'' side.
AM: Your Photography (Color and B&W too) has a strong sense of Melancholy. What do you aim to communicate with the viewer through your work?
As I said before, I shoot and edit my photos automatically, I put my character in them spontaneously – I think that we all do - and I find it reasonable. Generally, I am a nostalgic type of person, I especially miss times and eras I wasn't even alive at the time and for better or for worse I'm into the past much more than I'm in the future, mostly regarding arts. I don't think that I intend to pass anything specific to people, I like the fact that every single artwork can cause so many different emotions and thoughts by themselves, so I don't really want to ''analyze'' my photographs or explain anything much.  
AM: Is the Internet a destructive development for the art of photography or you think open new opportunities for you?
Photography thanks to the internet and social media is facing an entirely new reality. All arts are in some way. It's a very controversial issue, however, I don't think that this is bad at all. I understand the reactions and the displeasure that many may feel -there is so much variety and resemblance among most of the photos and the photographers as well, that many feel threatened by that, somehow.
For me when it comes to art it's the more the merrier. I enjoy the fact that there are so many beautiful works and artists everywhere with the ability to share their work with the rest of the world. It also proves that technical equipment or photography degrees don't matter that much; all you need is a camera, whether it's a cell phone camera or a DSLR, etc.
AM: What other forms of Art do you believe impact your photography?
Cinema for sure. I think it's the art that involves all the other form of arts and I love that. Also books. A writer can create very vivid images and atmospheres in our minds, sometimes much better than many visual arts can do. Also painting but to a lesser extent; I'm not very familiar with arts like painting, sculpture, etc at the moment. 
AM: What's next for the future? Tell me few things about your next projects
To be honest I'm really busy with a lot of other stuff –including my school- right now, so I don't have any specific ideas or projects coming up at the moment. However, there's a self-portrait project I'm working on since summer, but I'm not sure at all about when it is going to be completed and published; maybe in the next months. 
AM: Zoe thanks for the interview!   





























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Words, Icons and Music from Near and Middle East,Iran,Lebanon,Egypt,Armenia and Turkey

         by ARIS MOSKOV













“Lovers find secret places
inside this violent world
where they make transactions 
with beauty.” 

“Sorrow prepares you for joy.

It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter.” 




My ambition is greater than my effort. My effort is greater than my talent. And my talent is a hostage of my temper. But I persist

Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm 


The beauty that fulfils you is beauty that reveals to you the image of your own soul without the distortions of the murky waters of life

Musṭafā Ṣadiq al-Rāfiʿī 





''I love your dark and wicked eyes, as deep
as the mysterious evening is deep, and dark
as the spell that dusk casts. I love the vast
seascape of your eyes where sin
hesitates like twilight before flickering past
where luck and chance have been...''

Vahan Teryan





''I will build for you each night
A palace luminous
With whole blocks of emerald
And diamond stones.
Shall it be skyblue as your eyes,
Or green as your wishes:
Be, and the palace too shall be.
Sing softly, and obedient it will take you..''

Said Akl





''Trees are getting ready for autumn 
this city is that old Istanbul? 
clouds are torn aparts in darkness 
street lights are immediately flashing 
over sidewalks, the smell of rain 
you are a must for me, you are absent ..''

Atila Ilhan





IRINA ROSHIK interview
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 Welcome 2018 with Irina Roshik! Her beauty is a real Art..enjoy her interview and her icons! 












AM:How long have you been modeling? 

I started modeling 7 years ago and it's become more then just the job for me - a passion and kind of a lifestyle. 

AM:Share with us the highlights of your portfolio. 

Best things from my portfolio is probably covers of magazines and ability to work for Magazines such as Vogue, L'oficciel, Numéro, Elle, Madame Figaro. 

AM:Art n' Fashion:what these words mean for you? 

In the modern world fashion is an advertising . I think during the last years it's lost they are artistic value. Fashion is all about making money- same with art. I personally adore art projects and creativity, but main class of the people usually don't understand it- which is usually don't work for most of the brands. 

AM:How much Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat) promote a young model to become internationally recognized? 

Everything changed our days. It's all about social media now . If a young model have lots of followers- brands want her- even if she is not 100% model type. If you ask me- I still prefer old school- personal meeting, having printed book and communicate in life not via posts on Favebook and Instagram. 

AM:In what kind of campaigns you love to take part? 

I wish to be a part of Dior one day- I feel this brand the most show the sensual feminine nature. From the things I done so far- enjoyed to work for Swarovski and Uno de 50 so much- mostly because of the incredible team. 

AM:Is it possible to imagine yourself do other things in creative industry? 

I wish to work from another side of fashion as soon as possible. Even if models bring all the concept to the life- they not playing a main role in the creative process. I wish to work in advertising one and try to move it to more artistic level, work in photography and managing the young models and to actually care of them.

I didn't have the best experience with mother agency's, so if  one day I will have a possibility to open my personal model management- would be happy to do it. 

AM:What's next for you? Tell me about your future plans.

My future plan is to try to work on the way of managing my career in fashion, but as a personality not like a model. Of course continue doing modeling job for directs. But not to take it as a main job- which is I did during last years. 

AM: I wish you the best for your future Irina!