Clear Nude: The Lens + the Nude, Issue IV, Summer 2015 ClearNude: The Lens + the Nude, Issue IV, Summer - Page 52

Mira Nedyalkova 52 Clear Nude | summer 2015 I have always loved photography as art, but I started with drawing and modeling. In 2007, I discovered photography as a means to express myself and completely replaced painting. My photographs are not exactly photographs, because I edit a lot in Pho- toshop. My creations are somewhere in between paintings and photography. The two arts are, for me, very similar and interrelated. Frankly, the reason I chose photography was because I discovered Photoshop and the potential it brings. It is this unbelievable program that opened the way for me, the opportunity to continue creating, connecting painting and photography into one. The majority of my works are in the water. This, of course, is not accidental. The water is my creation. The life, the power…the water is filled with tremendous energy. It is the winner of pleasure and delight, it gives life, but also poses a risk, a threat, it can destroy us. I love the transparency and purity of water: light and reflecting and transformations that is suffered in contact with another medium. For me, the water is highly erotic element precisely because of the opposites that brings. Water quenches our thirst and saves us. Water exemplifies the lust for life in each of us, the thirst for love and the eternal struggle and an attempt to erase, to dull, to heal the pain, sadness, and loneliness. ‡