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Documenting the city through the lens of Nathalie Basoski

Nathalie Basoski is a twenty-one year old artist from the Netherlands. From the age of seven until nineteen she lived in Macedonia, before making the move to New York City to pursue filmmaking. Her photographs strongly encapsulate the colors, movement and breath of her surroundings.

Where did you grow up and how did your environment influence you?
Since I’ve moved around between countries a couple of times I’d say my surroundings have always had a huge influence on my work. From living in western to eastern Europe, then to the world’s capital, New York City, I’ve always been fascinated in documenting exactly how I experience the world and what I see in particular.

What inspired you to pick up a camera and begin taking photographs?
I started taking photographs the moment I bought my first dslr. I originally bought it for filmmaking but since it took nice photos I immediately became a geek about it and wanted to learn all photographic techniques. That’s where my love for photography started.

What is the relationship between you and the people you photograph?
I’d say I photograph in two very different ways: I either shoot street, people that did not know that a stranger would photograph them today, which always makes it a bigger challenge for me to capture the RIGHT moment. With zero control on light and placement, it’s always a surprise what you’re gonna get that day. Then I also shoot ‘fashion’ or just portraiture. People that I style and shoots I have full control over every little detail, from posture, to placement and composition and light and whatnot. These two styles are very different but feed into each other very nicely.

What makes a great photograph for you?
A great photograph is a clever composition with subtle light and a balanced color palette, that only artists would know how it’s accomplished and the regular consumer would just be appalled by confusion and the graphic joy of so called ‘eye candy’.

Are you currently working on any projects?
I am currently working on putting together a show of unpublished work that is hopefully something people didn’t expect from me.

What’s in your forecast for 2017?)
I always look to develop in a direction that is unpredictable and new to me, I like to be challenged by new aesthetics and subjects that I haven't tackled before. I don’t want to be redundant, you know.

What inspires you?
I get inspired by artists that I personally know, nothing is more inspiring that personally knowing someone and seeing them work on their craft.

Favorite instagram account of the moment?
My favorite instagram right now must be @kimbraaudrey

Follow along!
www.basoski.com
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