broncolor is happy to present the selected photographers for the Gen NEXT Program 2015. Here they are, introducing themselves as well as their winning entries.
I'm a self-taught photo artist from Ukraine who recently moved to New York, USA. I've been into photography since 2009. I have always been a creative person – as a child I was good at painting and crafts. My passion for photography started rather unexpectedly. I fell in love with it and started shooting the world around me – gaining all my knowledge and inspiration through social media and online photography communities. A year-and-a-half later, I started creating fine art female portraits, which I still do today.
Photography is not only what I love and what I do, it’s also a gentle and romantic side of me. What I’m trying to show is a beautiful image and photography techniques, but also convey an idea, mood, atmosphere and associations. My images are fairytale-like, mystic, feminine, fragile and thoughtful. My silent pictures tell a story. Installations, costumes and Photoshop manipulation help me to embody my fantasies into a finished piece of art. I like to cooperate with different creative people but often prefer to do everything myself. I've already had workshops in different cities like Kiev, Moscow and St-Petersburg. I hope my move to New York will help me evolve as an artist and expand my creative work all around the world.
Discover more about Anita Anti:
I was born and raised in Ukraine. Currently, I live in New York with my husband and son. What happened in between is what you want to read about.
In 2007, I moved to the US to find my calling – I was ready to work extremely hard for something I love, and I wanted to find out exactly what it was.
For my 21st birthday, as a complete surprise, I received a semi-professional camera and started shooting. I became truly passionate about photography very quickly.
While living in New York, I developed my photography style and graduated from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) with a Master's Degree in Digital Photography. I grew to specialize in fashion and beauty photography, where very subtle details can make a dramatic difference. The intersection of beauty, photography and New York excites me. I was born to live here. The city inspires me to do more, to grow faster, to dream bigger.
I live my destiny and I'm excited about the photographer I may become.
Discover more about Yulia Gorbachenko:
“An apprentice investment banker turned advertising photographer/director extraordinaire.”
That is how I describe myself when people ask to hear my story. I bought my first camera in 2012 at the age of 20 – and by the end of the year, I had left university to take a leap of faith and start my career as an advertising photographer.
The rest is history, as they say
During the past two-and-a-half years, my career has taken me worldwide – to over thirty different countries on four continents! I have been fortunate to find opportunities that led to experiences I could never have dreamed of. I’ve had the chance to teach workshops, motivate young photographers, create tutorial videos and even write a book. When you combine all the incredible clients and campaigns I have had the privilege to work with, I truly believe that this is the career I was made for. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I see photography (as well as films and other moving images) as a way of expressing something deeper than just words. It’s about conveying emotion and a narrative in a beautiful two-dimensional format. In my work, lighting is one of the key elements in taking that story and that emotion, to the next level. When the mood, lighting, pose and narrative of a photograph all work together in a cohesive way – that is when the photograph is at its strongest.
Discover more about Lauri Laukkanen:
I’m a photographer and a director mainly focused on advertising and artistic work. I’m passionate about images. About light. About ideas and emotions. I love to build sceneries, to craft atmospheres and characters, and above all, tell stories.
Most of my photographs are taken in studio, where I can build the exact places I imagine and where I can control everything: from the material and texture of the walls to the proportions, the color palette, the shape of that stain on the carpet or the perfect light for the model. It takes a lot of work and time to create just one picture, but for me, it feels right.
Self-taught, I began to work in advertising at the age of 19, and since then had the pleasure of working for great clients and amazing ad agencies. Some of those works have earned me national and international awards that made my mom really proud, but they’ve also led to me giving lectures and conferences worldwide.
Being able to turn my passion into my profession is a great privilege. I'm so thankful to all the people who support me and make it happen every day.
Discover more about Gonzaga Manso:
I was born in Galicia, northern Spain in 1995, and currently live in Madrid.
My life has always revolved around art. My home walls are full of paintings from my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. I discovered photography by chance at the age of thirteen. After finding out what I was able to do with photography, I took my dad’s compact camera and my mom’s red lipstick and began doing self-portraiture. In 2011 I had my first solo exhibition, and became the youngest-ever Spanish artist with an individual gallery exhibition.
My photography is a home for strange creatures and monsters with a past, present and future. They tell about other worlds, drawing in the viewer to try and decipher their stories.
Nowadays, I still use myself as the main model of my work. I have also started doing fashion photography, which I hope to continue doing in the future!
Discover more about Cristina Otero: