With galleries filled with highly provocative and visually brave imagery, today we are delighted to feature the works of Olivia Mróz from Melbourne, Australia! Shooting primarily with 35mm films and choosing to deal with diverse themes such as identity, memories, anxiety, and sexuality, she consistently produces some of the most refreshingly bold and striking images we’ve seen in a long while.
Brutal, daring and often playful, Olivia’s photographs are visceral statements of an artist finding beauty from within.
“The last twenty-five years of my life serve as my major inspiration; all of the experiences that have happened around me and all of those to me allow me to express the beauty and the tragedy of uncertainty, the disturbed and of anxiety.”
We asked Olivia about her fascination with film and how it began. She answered:
“Well my first ‘professional’ camera, which was film, I bought for around $600 in which I saved myself at the age of about thirteen. That was where it all started. A couple of years later I saved up and bought a digital camera, and ever since I’d been shooting digital until it all kind of changed early last year. My teacher at the time was a big film fiend and he inspired me to start shooting film again. To be honest I thought film was kind of lame before that, but oh, how wrong I was! I fell in love with the process, waiting to see what you have captured on your roll and finding gems you forgot you had shot.”
Asked to share a memorable moment from shooting film, she tells us:
“I’d have to say there was a time when a friend and I were shooting nudes in a disabled toilet cubicle at a busy university in the city. By the time we were done there was the LONGEST line of people outside of the toilet and everyone stared at us as we awkwardly walked out, pretending nothing ever happened.”
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