AP: My artwork is mainly characterized by body language. My ideas come from my subconscious so I don’t have a rational explanation for my pictures. When I see the finished result, I learn more about myself, and I understand why I wanted to shoot that scene.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
AP: My inspiration comes all the time from everywhere. Contemporary dance is an activity that I do and it inspires me very much when taking photos. Regardless, everything inspires me, the dreams and nightmares that I have, nostalgia, loneliness, jealousy, strength, femininity, love, family, life and death, the esoteric and surreal.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
AP:The first thing that makes me want to take a picture is the environment, either in the open or a closed room. I start taking pictures without knowing the meaning of what I’m photographing. Then, seeing the finished result I see that those pictures are related, representing the same concepts, and then it all makes sense.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
AP: I want people to take what they need. I want them to see the concepts they interpret according to their own feelings and their own heart and soul.
AP: I implement art in every area of my life, in aesthetics, in my free time, in the way of interacting with people. Not only photography is included in my routine, but also contemporary dance, painting and writing, but in a more private way. I try to use art to open my mind, become a better person and to be creative when I have to make decisions in my life.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
AP: That’s subjective. I act on impulse because good ideas don’t come to me when I plan something in advance. If I plan something, I want it to be perfect and that gives me a lot of stress so I can’t create. I am very demanding with myself, so I just let myself fly, to not drive me crazy.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
AP: When you let yourself be, you learn to know yourself more and more, improve your life and life of your loved ones. If you are just yourself, you are never going to make mistakes, and you’ll bring very good results in everything that you put forward.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
AP: Yes, I think it’s very important to have a personal style. If you create a unique and personal piece of art, it will remain in the viewer’s eyes and each time someone views your artwork it will be unmistakable and unforgettable.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
AP: I think the hardest part of being an artist is when your routine does not allow you the time to expand your ideas or perform them.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
AP: I found the perfect way to channel my emotions and overcome my fears, to feel myself useful, and do what I love without needing the approval of anyone.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
AP: Most artists who inspire me are filmmakers, like Jan Svankmajer, Andrei Tarkovsky, Bela Tarr, Maya Deren, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, and many more.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
AP: I think it is a very useful tool. Technology makes it easier for us to share and publish our work, through social networks for example. It is a way by which people around the world can easily meet us and know our artworks.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
AP: Of course. We see the world as our convictions and beliefs. If you’re an executive, you’ll see numbers everywhere, and if you’re an artist, you’ll see art in everything you look at.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
AP: I love to travel but sadly I have never left my country. If I could visit a city it would be Stockholm, Edinburgh, Athens, Moscow, or Amsterdam.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
AP: I don’t think I’ve read enough books to have found a favorite author or book; however, a writer who caught my attention is Herman Hesse.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
AP: Keep doing what I love, evolve and grow up with it.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
AP: I can do what I love in an independent way, I can create the worlds, situations and characters that I want and make them real and a part of my life.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
AP: I’m completely obsessed with the aesthetics in photography.
Everything, even the slightest thing that appears in my photos is what makes me happy and what gives meaning to my life .
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