Abstraction is an illusion created by manipulating colors, patterns, shapes. Is it possible to transfer abstraction to photography? And is it even necessary to do this? Olga Merrill answers these questions in her interview for the “Life’s Prism” magazine, because she is a truly new discovery in the photo community. In one year Olga achieved significant success in the world of photography thanks to her abstract photographs, and her shots are your recent dream, childhood memory, pure poetry.
– Olga, tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from?
– I was born in Chukotka in April, when there was a snow storm. I think that it was childhood in the Arctic that influenced my love for the northern countries and space, formed a certain resilience of character, a desire to keep moving, despite difficult conditions, to achieve my goals. The expression “If I’m not a winner, the game is not over yet,” I think suits me. All life is a game, and I love its dynamics.
– How did you come to the world of photography?
– My father was fond of photography, and I still remember the smell of chemicals when our bathroom turned into a laboratory. I was then about 12 years old. Who would have thought that 35 years later photography would become my hobby too. My mom was surprised at my new hobby, and at the same time said that my dad and I started this hobby at the same age. Photography came into my life with another big change – I moved to live in beautiful Maine. At the end of 2015, I received a camera as a present from my husband, and from that moment the world has changed for me.
The amazing beauty of the coast where I live, the availability of free time, the support of my husband and the desire for novelty are the factors that contributed to my appearance in the photo world.
– Why did you choose abstract photography as your main genre?
– Once upon a time, abstract pictures attracted my attention, and I realized that this is what is close to me. Abstract photography is freedom of expression, unlimited creativity and the embodiment of fantasy. For me, this particular genre of photography (fine art photography) makes it possible to create something unique and original.
– Olga, where do you find inspiration for your work?
– I love to travel, visit museums and art galleries, wherever I happen to be. Music is a source of inspiration for me, because as a child I played the piano. I love listening to Tchaikovsky in concert halls, but I process my abstract photographs to the music of Jean-Michel Jarra.
Thanks to my travels, I got the Urban Spirit series, which also included several works made in Russia when I visited my beloved family.