My name is Doytcheva and I am a visual artist based in Chamonix, France. One of the experiences that shaped me as an artist happened many years ago. When I was a teen I had a snowboarding accident and as a result I spent in bed several months recovering. The hours felt like days! I began to play around with different art forms in order to keep myself busy.
Quickly I became interested about electronic music. I really enjoyed creating my own beats. I have always had a creative mindset, so thinking about ways to create music was an excellent entertainment for that period of my life.
Eventually I thought that it would be cool if I could add photos to the songs I shared. I began to go outdoors more often trying to capture sounds in the nature with a little mic. At the same time, I started to capture photos of the “subjects” creating those sounds. Then I blended these two art forms to fulfill my creative vision.
I became passionate about photography later on. When I was 22 years-old, I met a great photojournalist who allowed me to borrow an old Leica M6 camera with a 35 mm lens. I learned how to set the exposure manually, how to focus with a ring and a telemetric view. Looking back now in time it is quite interesting to think about the positive influence we can have on each other. That is something beautiful, I believe.
As I learned and improved my skills, I decided to purchase a drone in order to practice aerial photography as well. Ever since I have been focusing on my style and storytelling. With my photographs I want to showcase the balance that I see and feel when I am in nature. The wild has inspired greatly my work, yet, I do find a lot of inspiration in other things – such as books for instance. Actually, I try as much as possible to stay away from other photographer’s work because I am always afraid to unconsciously copy their styles.
"My other huge inspiration is my hometown, Chamonix."
This area has so much to offer, it’s like a never-ending story of love. Before I travel abroad to explore other countries and continents, I want to make sure that I know every little detail of Chamonix because in the end these landscapes are what I have at hand every single day – and it is completely worth it!
En ce moment dans nos pensées
Le beau est toujours bizarre. Je ne veux pas dire qu'il soit volontairement, froidement bizarre, car dans ce cas il serait un monstre sorti des rails de la vie. Je dis qu'il contient toujours un peu de bizarrerie, de bizarrerie non voulue, inconsciente, et que c'est cette bizarrerie qui le fait être particulièrement le beau.