Iceland & Canada.
Concerning the Spiritual in Art – Wassily Kandinsky.
Nydia Lilian is a photographer and graphic designer from the city of Monterrey, Mexico. One of her greatest passions is travelling, being the perfect combination of her craft and exploring and documenting new places.
She was the typical daydreamer, travelling inside her vivid imagination and with a strong inner world. Now, all this is projected in her professional work, creating new, fantastic alternate dimensions. Her work is like something taken out of a dream… or a nightmare. She likes to engage the audience creating bizarre, psychedelic compositions. Created via digital image manipulation or raw photographic techniques, between this and a monochromatic point of view, she is always on the lookout for alternative realities inside her own world.
-How did you first become interested in photography?
Since I was a child I’ve always been involved in the visual arts. I liked to draw, paint and edit my images since I was 13 years old. Then I studied graphic design, and I took the photography class, and I found that I loved it more than graphic design lol.
-How would you describe your style of photography?
I explore with creating alternative realities in my work, from landscape to abstract macro photography. Lately, it has science-fiction concepts like the end of the world, abstract, surreal, and psychedelic visuals or a kind of epic realism.
-Is there a theme or concept that runs throughout all of your work?
I am usually inspired by topics like the universe, chaos, alternative realities, the end of the world, like a ‘real’ nightmare.
-How much planning goes into one of your shots?
Sometimes it is very spontaneous in my studio and sometimes I sketch ideas before shooting.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
I select images. Sometimes it can be days spent only with one photo, looking what the best retouch is. After I edit several pictures, I don’t look at them for days and then I come back and analyse if I really liked them…
-What is your business model? How do you make a living from photography?
In my town I work as a commercial photographer, where I do editorial productions or product, experimental, spaces photography. And I have my artistic work where I sell image licensing, commissioned projects and fine art prints. Recently my artistic work has become my commercial work too; I’m pretty excited about that!
-What is your dream project?
Honestly, I don’t know… lol there are so many things I would like to do, like to travel more, a photo book, have a helicopter to shoot aerial pictures anytime I want lol, just kidding, but also I think it would be awesome to do a project with video mapping.
-Where did the inspiration for your ‘Post-Genesis’ series of images come from?
I’m really into sci-fi and post-apocalyptic concepts, so I imagined that the pictures could be from a new planet or when the planet earth was born but is it a new beginning after a catastrophe? It may also refer to Anthropocene, and how we humans have done irreversible changes in nature. Also, I like to play with words, in this case, I want that the viewer questions themselves. Is it a beginning or a rebirth?
-What is your go-to technical setup?
I have a Nikon D800 and my favourite lenses for landscape are 14-20 mm, 24-70 mm and 70-200 mm. In my studio, I usually work with macro photography with 105 mm and I have 4 Bowens flashes.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
When I was studying I did my thesis about art photography in advertising and, after all the investigation, interviews with photographers, and teachers, the conclusion is it’s all about what do you want to communicate with your images. It’s to find your style, once you find it everything would be easier.