"I collect flowers to live"

PrizeFinalists in Shoot (photo/video)
ArtistNataliia Hresko

The series I created in Amsterdam, where I am temporarily staying with my children due to the war in Ukraine. It arose from a love for Ukrainian Decorative Art (the "Petrikivskyi painting" served as a narrative for me) and admiration for the variety of flowers in the Netherlands. I even feel a therapeutic effect from this work. This series is about a beautiful world, love and affirmation of life. For me, these floral still lifes are like a bridge with the current place of residence and the Motherland, they are my inspiration to live and create.

I live and work in Kyiv. Studied in the `Kyiv School of Photography` In a year of learning, I developed expertise and discovered a fascinating world of art photography. I was studying aesthetics and composition under the mentorship of a renowned Ukrainian photographer and art expert - Dimitri Bogachyk. Photography for me is one of the ways of self-expression. It is full of freedom to express, create and inspire. It is as a way to capture a moment, embrace it with my vision and evoke deep emotions in the viewers and allow them to feel the harmony within the scene.