Julia Morozova (Russian Photographer)
Julia Morozova is a Russian photographer living in Italy. She first started impressing us with her beautiful photography in our Flickr Pool as “Juliet is Summer” about a year ago and has kept growing as an artist since. We recently had the chance to speak with her and learn a little more about what drives her creativity, work, and vision. Please continue on and get to know Julia. You won’t regret it.
How long have you been taking photos? How did the hobby turn into something this wonderful and prolific?
It all started one year and a half ago, so most of the pictures you see are my first attempts to make a photograph. I’ve been always fascinated by photography and beautiful images, so I finally decided to give it try. I am impressed by how much it infatuated me, nothing had ever captivated me more before. I wish I started earlier. But on the other hand, I think it was a perfect moment for me to begin. You know when you feel the urge to follow your dreams and a need to escape.
Do you work professionally as a photographer, or is this just fun? Do you have another job or other hobbies as well?
Photography is my big passion that I’d like to transform into profession. I am working on it ;) Until recently I was doing a normal full-time office job.
Besides photography I am fond of ballet. I’ve dedicated many years of my life to it when I was younger.
Where do these ideas/concepts/emotions come from? What are your sources of inspiration? Be as specific or vague as you’d like.
I am a dreamer and a storyteller in my heart. I think many of the ideas come from childhood, fairytales and experiences I had, including ballet. Maybe you noticed that on many of my photos models have this ballerina look.
What do you hope people take away from your work? If you had to envision the perfect reaction to someone visiting your portfolio or seeing your work in an exhibit, what would that reaction be? What would that person walk away feeling?
I wish they could start dreaming too and not to be afraid of that. Doesn’t matter about what.
Can you talk about the journey you’ve taken to get here and your goals going forward?
As mentioned my photographic journey has just begun and there are still so many things to learn and explore. I am thankful I found it or it found me (!?) I hope I will never let it go.
Talk about your process in creating these beautiful images. Do you come up with an idea first? Do you work with professional models, or friends? Is editing a large part of the composition process?
Yes, an idea always comes first. I have so many that I should start to write them down. They are like short stories.
Some of my models already have a significant experience and some not at all.. I don’t edit my pictures too much, mostly they look like they were taken. I just adjust colors and light a bit. I like to add a vintage feel to the colors, grain, etc…
There are a lot of aspiring photographers and artists in the society who could learn from you. Is there any advice you can give to them? What has been significant in your artistic life that you can pass on to the rest of us?
I can only wish – Don’t be be afraid to pursue your dreams! And never give up on them!