LEVON MURADIAN

Confidence and inspiration come and go but mainly stay. What I create is what I would want to see in an image. My inspiration is drawn from the past from how the women looked and dressed, but my confidence comes from within when I know I have someone special in front of me; my confidence goes way up and everything just comes together organically. Nothing is forced. If I force something, it will never be what I wanted it to be.

Some people like to shoot architecture and some like to shoot places. I come from a family full of strong women and men. Back in the early nineties, we would travel to Europe a lot; mainly Greece, Italy, and other Mediterranean countries and women were always bare poolside or beachside and I guess that remained with me. A woman can be subtle one moment and extremely sexual the next with just a certain look in her eyes. My idea is to keep them as natural as possible. I don't retouch anything. When someone looks at an image of mine, I want them to be able to almost smell their skin.

 

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I guess intuition plays a big role in how I work with my subject and also what type of personality they have. But first, I have to understand who they are as a person, then I can guide her and myself to the final approach. Some models are shy so to really get what you want, you have to be able to get them out of that mindset but most of the time they come and just do things that went above my expectations. I will see a models' images and right away my mind starts putting these flashes of ideas for them in my mind. So I just go with it.

I think the most important thing I find in working with models is finding who they really are deep down inside getting to know them. Aesthetically, I think the more natural they are, the better. Bare face and skin. And they don't have to be a size one. I prefer the natural curves of the women.

 

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The hardest part about putting a photography book together is the juxtaposition of the images speaking to one another as you go through the book itself. It has to make sense and adding and removing many images through the process is the hard part because the book is about a 130 pages but it could of been more but sometimes the quality is much more important than the quantity.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: Remaining open minded to different ideas while keeping your photographic style.

 

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I'm very optimistic because a few years back I would have never thought my peers and or publications would respect my work as they do now. I think you have to go out and go for it and never live with regrets.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: Narcissism.

 















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02 // Madison // madiborbely
03 // Bailee // baileemykell
04 // Broooke // broookebuchanan
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06 // Sadqn // sadqn
07 // Jasmine // jasmine_shogren
08 // Grace // gracemontgomery_
09 // Kaitlin // kaitlinrobbins
10 // Laura // lauracartier.m
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13 // Sheila // thevelvetswan
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Levon Muradian // levonmuradian // levonmuradian.com

"Levon Muradian" book available // levonmuradian.com/levon-muradian-book

 

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