Olga Zavershinskaya was born in Russia and started her photographic career in 2007. Currently based in Czech Republic she works in the field of fine art photography. Her aim is to manipulate and construct impressions, shapes and thoughts by capturing the human body in an alienated, yet aesthetic way. Zaverhinskaya’s works have been exhibited throughout the world, including Portugal, USA, Austria, German and Czech Republic. She has also won a range of Awards such as the Black & White Spider Award or the Trierenberg Super Circuit & Special Themes Circuit in 2013, to mention just a few. For more of her works visit her website www.armene.com.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Mad but beyond the bounds of decency.
How did your photographic career start?
I always had a need to create something and I’ve chosen photography because it allows me to see the result of my work almost immediately.
What was your favourite project and why?
It is my “Paperwork” project, as it combines two things I like most in art: minimalism and the human body.
How would you define creativity?
It is when something new is made out of even very old ideas or cliches.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
“It was a nice day.” Terry Pratchett
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
The realization of my ideas often exceed my financial capabilities and getting the result I want without an expedition to the deep ocean or 100 models and 1 elephant is always difficult.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
That’s a hard question, actually at 21 you already have all basic knowledge or at least until now I haven’t found anything I couldn’t live without at the age of 21. Maybe the list of all World Cup winners could have been useful.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
At the moment I have no idea what it could be. Perhaps painting or sculpture.