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What Dreams May Come. Maryna Khomenko

I have loved fantasy, magic and mystery all my life.

Art by Maryna Khomenko - Interview by Teo J. Babini

At the cusp of fantasy and magic, Maryna Khomenko’s dreams come to life into a world of allegories and fairy tales references. Step in and get ready to dream with your eyes wide open.

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

A lot of the magic in your photos happens outside the realm of photography (make-up, props, styling, etc.). Are you directly involved in these processes? Tell us a bit about you collaborators?
I usually do my magic with my friends. For a long time I was dreaming of a team that would be on the same wave with me helping to embody my ideas because it’s a bit difficult to do everything by myself. Now I finally got my team. We have a lot of fun  while making props and shooting.
I have many friends who can help me with my art just because it’s fun to spend some time together doing different things normally other people wouldn’t do. We climb trees, swim in the swamp, ride a bus with a chair, walk through the city with a crown on the head and so many other adventures.

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

It seems obvious that you have an interest in fantasy. How did you cultivate this interest? Who or what inspires the worlds you create.

I have loved fantasy, magic and mystery all my life. My first passion was The Lord of the Rings. It inspired me for many years and I still like to return to that world for a while sometimes. Of course, I also loved the Harry Potter series. The magic of these worlds will live in my heart forever.
There are many authors inspiring me with their works. I like the art of Kirsty Mitchell, Tim Walker, Aaron Nace, Katerina Plotnikova and many others. They help me find the best way to show my own world.
The ideas come to my head in many different ways. It may be my dreams. Sometimes I just feel something and it takes a little time to turn the feeling into an image. Often beautiful words and songs bring some interesting images to my head.

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

 

For what reason do you shoot? Is it mostly personal art projects or for professional reasons?
This is simple I shoot because I love to do it. It is interesting to try something new and to learn more every time. I like to challenge myself making my projects, hand crafting props and drawing some details in Photoshop, to improve my skills and become a true professional.

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

My favorite photos from your Instagram are the “Ethnic Post-Apocalypse”. Can you expand on the story behind this series?
“Ethnic Post-Apocalypse” was our task for the Internet model competition called Das Modell. I took part in it for a year and a half with different models. It was great training. We had different tasks every week and it was interesting how every team would handle them. For this task, we found an abandoned greenhouse and made a lot of noise braking glass there to make an image I wanted. It was crazy!

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

You are the second photographer from Kyiv I have interviewed in a short period. Is there a big photography/art scene in your city? How have the conflicts in Ukraine affected you as an artist and the artistic community in general?
We have many talented artists and photographers in Kyiv most of them know each other. By the way, many of us got together thanks to Das Modell.
Since the period of the Maidan revolution most photographers, artists and even models in Kyiv created at least one work on this topic. I have one too it was my graduate work for the Karpenko-Kary University. We shot a short film about a Berkut officer and the Maidan revolutionaries.
What happens now in the east of Ukraine is a very painful subject for every Ukrainian. Many create pictures, shoot films, write about it but I don’t want to. This is an endless font of inspiration for someone but not for me. I think there is too much drama and tragedy in this world to bring some more. I would rather make a bright fairy tale to believe in or a dark mystic story.

You can see more work from Maryna here:

https://500px.com/manirka

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001997894938

https://www.instagram.com/khomenko.maryna/

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

©Maryna Khomenko

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