Today we will show you more about Zeren Badar, the photographer of Accident Series and an inspiration to all the creative worldwide. From the simplest of the things he can create intriguing stuff that will make you curious. Find more in the exclusive interview he gave to I LOBO YOU.
How and why did you get into the Photography? Where did you study, etc?
I’m a self-taught conceptual photographer. I tried to take photography classes but they were not informative. I studied from books and online videos. It required a lot of practice. I made so many mistakes. Live & learn!
I started taking pictures seriously in 2010. I bought my first DSLR. After being in fashion business so many years, I thought I needed another creative outlet.
How would you describe your photography style? How varied are your photographs? Do you have a signature touch with your artworks?
There is always some humor in my photographs. I have been getting so much attention on my latest series which is called Accident Series. They are peculiar combinations of painting, photographs and collage. My style is re-photographing existing artworks and giving them new meanings and modern touches.
What do you love about being a photographer?
I love capturing! It is much easier than talking and writing. My photographs talk for me. I can be quiet and out of touch from everyone.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I can get inspiration from anywhere. I search online a lot. I love reading art history books. I can get inspiration even in a 99cents store. In fact, my latest photography project “Accident Series” is mostly based on 99 cents-store materials. I was at a street fair this weekend. I bought little fun colorful objects. They give me joy & inspiration. I keep them for a while on my desk. I stare at them for days. Finally! Ideas pop in my mind. I get so excited and I can’t wait to photograph them!
What are some of your most popular photographs? Tell us a bit about some of your photographs and what you love about them. What’s your favorite and why?
One of my most popular photographs is “Very First Accident”. It is basically one broken egg on a Dutch painting. It became my signature work. I love the one with ketchup. It is very American! I have so many favorites. They are like my children. I cannot say I love specific one the most. I love the surprise element in these images. All of them are shocking. They are ambiguous. Everyone takes a different story from these photographs.
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
I’m a currently working on a new project. I’m in the research period. It is based on re-photographing again. I love giving new meaning to existing artworks. I shouldn’t be saying much since I haven’t published yet.
What is your philosophy on photography and life?
My photographs are a projection of my persona. I believe if I work hard I will reach the point I want to be. I really enjoy the conceptual aspect of photography. Creating the idea is very difficult but once I snap the shot, it feels so good.
What are your art dreams/goals?
I have so many dreams. I want my work to be in MOMA and Whitney Museum’s permanent collection one day. It also would be so wonderful, if I get included in the upcoming Whitney Biennale. That’s my dream and also goal.
Describe yourself in three words.
Humorous, hard worker and day-dreamer.