By Arseny Vesnin
Mohammadreza Rezania is a Persian fashion and fine art photographer. He became a professional photographer in 2012. In search of human beauty, he devotes himself mainly to fashion and portrait photography. His photos have won numerous international distinctions, including the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3). Drawing inspiration from historical imagery, he appropriates the representational codes of the past to create his photographs
What was your path to doing what you’re doing now?
I started photography about 13 years ago. The passion for photography grew in me when I was on a nature tour with friends of mine, and I shot a portrait with my friend’s camera. It was when I realized that I can capture what I saw successfully. The first picture I took was a portrait, which made me who I am today. Everything started and grew after this particular portrait shot. I remember it as if it had happened yesterday. That was a portrait of a girl that I took with natural light at sunset.
When you were growing up, was creativity part of your life, and how did you decide to focus on photography?
As a child, I was very interested in drawing and painting. I remember when I was 5 or 6, my father used to draw scenes or cartoon characters for me and I used to copy them. When I grew up, this interest intensified in me, but during high school, due to some other circumstances, I could not pursue this interest. After many years, I found my interest in photography on a trip and my interest in art resurfaced in the form of photography.
Did you feel different at the time you realised yourself as an artist?
Well, definitely yes, I had finally felt in place for the first time in my life and my path was intertwined with depicting my feelings within imagery
Did you have an “Aha!” moment when you knew that direction and photography were what you wanted to do?
Yes. Every time something was in my mind and I was able to create it the way I had envisioned. In these instances, I realize I am on the right path.
You shifted from portrait photography to fine art and fashion. Was it a breaking point in your career? How does it influence your way of doing work now?
Yes, it was. Since the beginning of my photography career, my primary goal was to create a sense of uniqueness and beauty. To accomplish that, I have coupled fashion and styling as two inseparable parts of my fine art photography with which I can express my emotions beyond portrait photography.
As stated earlier, by utilizing fashion throughout my work, I create an atmosphere that resembles a story so that each viewer has a unique perception of it.
In my photography, I pay a great level of attention to all elements and details through every single shot, to hold the attention of my audience. In order to pull it off, colors go hand in hand with light and composition in my photography. With colors, I can evoke emotions and draw viewers’ attention to certain parts of the photo that influence their mood.
Do you collaborate with other artists?
Yes, in all my work I am always working with make-up artists and fashion designers. The output of my work is the result of a teamwork effort. I work with at least 4 people from the beginning to the end of a project.
As a creative person, do you ever have those moments where you feel like everything you create is just bad?
Well, not in this way, but every time I look at my earlier works, they don’t seem good enough to me, but they were my best pictures in their own time. Anyway, as a creator, I am always trying to improve my work to make it satisfactory.
Are your family and friends supportive of what you do? Who has encouraged you the most?
All the friends I have met during my career and with whom I have a common vision and language have always been supportive and I always have and will appreciate it.
Did you have a mentor? Who was it and how did they inspire you?
I’m a self-taught photographer and I never had a mentor but I simply learned by seeing the works of great masters like Tim Walker, Steven Meisel, Annie Leibovitz, and so on.
Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community of people?
Being with a group of individuals who each have their style has always fascinated me. By seeing their work, I can see their souls and be inspired by them. Also, it’s very amazing to me that the NFT community is so friendly and supportive.
You’re already a successful and well-established artist, what made you pursue NFT art as a medium?
In my opinion, NFT provides artists with the opportunity to easily present their work and find their audience, while this space can also support artists financially and make them more focused on creating. In the past, artists had to look for galleries to sell their work, only if they were accepted, but with the advent of NFT, artists no longer have to worry about selling their work because there is an audience for every taste in this community.
What are your short plans for the next NFT drop?
I am currently working on a collection that includes some headpieces made using natural flowers. It was very important for me not to use anything but natural flowers to make these headpieces.
What advice would you give to someone starting out?
Work hard and don’t give up even if you feel like what you’re doing is not perfect.
If you could go back and do one thing differently, what would it be?
In my opinion, every small change in the past can make the biggest change in the future. As a result, I accept my past as it is because that path made me who I am now.