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Love or Fear ? — An Ode To Nomads

You know, I have really gave the “normal” life a try. But you know how sometimes you wear a dress, that is gorgeous, but it just doesn’t fit you best — that is the case here. It just didn’t fit.

I can try to pretend that it does, but you can only fool yourself that your dress fits perfectly only for a while, then you have to go to the tailor. Tailor does a great job, but something still doesn’t feel right, so tailor says “Sorry, there’s nothing more we can do to that dress, you just have to get a new one”. And so you do, but the story repeats itself. That’s what happened in my life…

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The Nude Canvas

This Page Contains Nudity

You know how sometimes when you meet someone who hears your inner secrets without ever asking the questions?

This is what happened on 25th of December 2015. He heard my soul. I forgot that there is a camera, restrictions and expectations. I longed for a connection like this with a photographer or an artist for a very long time.

Dmitriy Komarov has the ability to open all your cages that live within your silent layers. He brings them to life, not with his camera, but his energy. He allowed me to be me, without judgement. He brought me back to my youth… I laughed like I never laughed before in front of the camera… I would try to put on a mask, but knew right away, that he knows… there was no need for masks or locks, it was all stripped away and wide open… I felt safe… I felt safe to be me in front of him — the child, the woman, wild creature, actress, dancer and just a girl with a very loud laugh. And not for a second was he afraid of the energy that I let out of a cage…

Dima just kept capturing me LIVING multiple lives and souls in front of him. Cape Gloucester is savage and untouched, its energy echoes through to your every blood cell and nerve… You can’t help but to open up, forget what is “normal” or “acceptable” and just lose yourself in a beautiful dance with it… Hours went by and I could feel my body was getting tired, but my soul just kept dancing, kept running in and out of the water, waves kept washing off all the lies that were ever told to me by society, nothing was as pure and magical as this very moment. Dima allowed my soul to come out and play in front of his lens…

It was not a photo shoot… it was a dance! It was a story told by two souls and nature. Dmitriy and beautiful Cape Gloucester brought out the best and the most honest version of my life and all the years in it — The warrior, the child, the animal, the woman. Softness and roughness, peaceful and chaotic, sensual and innocent — he was able to capture it all. I will never forget that day, Dima’s energy and how blissfully happy I was at the end. I let it all out, screamed and laughed, danced and allowed myself to get completely lost. Dmitriy is by far, the best and the most honest photographer I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

An artist, is the person who paints with his soul colorful stories on blank canvases. But if an artist have not truly Lived, Loved and Lost, his canvas will be really boring. Photography is not about what camera you have or what lens you use. To me, photography is a dance, a beautiful dance — The person behind the camera, person in front of it and the story that lives in the air between them…


The woman behind The Nude Canvas …










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The Inconvenient Truth

Fijians – The Happiest People On Earth!….

 In that article they show you photos from resorts and tourist attractions – not the real life.

Read – Fijians only dance, play drums, guitars and sing at luxury resorts! A real Fijian life is different from what you will be exposed to at resorts. In overpriced resorts, with terrible wifi connection and bed bugs, they will smile at you from ear to ear, wear a flower in their hair and scream “Bula!” at you non-stop. 99% of people who come to Fiji, stay at resorts and take only a few hours tour into a local village, where Fijians, will once again put on a mask, smile at you, kids will be laughing and screaming at you/with you, they will invite you to drink Kava with them (a plant/drug that tastes like dirt and get’s you very high and mellow after 4-5 cups). Fijians only play on guitars and sing with you at resorts. They sing badly learned American songs and a few Religious Fijian (Jesus) songs while drinking Kava, of course. You sit on your tanning bed, everyone smiles around you, you take a few pictures of gorgeous sunsets and go back home, thinking – “Wow! I love Fiji! They really are the happiest people on earth!”

 People like me, will never get sponsored by Tourism Boards. Simply because when I visit a country, I dig deep — past all the fake smiles, resorts and tourist attractions, that boost Tourism Industry in that specific country. This time, I dove really deep… I am most probably (and will remain as such) the only non-local to have stayed inside a Local Village (not a resort) during the strongest Cyclone in history of Fiji and possibly whole Pacific – Winston, category 5 and survived, simply because I was lucky.

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