Red All Over
Mia Krys is a visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. With an exceptionally beautiful view of life, Mia creates works that speaks in unconventional ways to raise awareness to those who care. Mia started out and still shoots on analogue cameras. With clear ideas and strong opinions, she’ll constantly continue to create new things.
How did you start with photography?
It’s always been something sort of looming over me I think. My mother was really interested in it, and would take what felt like a thousand photos of me every day as a kid. She loved working in the darkroom and would tell me about it and show me her prints. I think that definitely had something to do with sparking my own interest in film photography, so when I got my own camera for the first time a couple years ago, it just felt right.
Film or digital?
Film. Both are good for different things, but for me, there’s an essence caught on film, especially when I’m photographing people, that just cannot be duplicated by digital cameras.
What do you usually focus more on – the image content or quality?
Quality for sure.
How did the idea for the series come about?
After reading your publication’s mission statement (i.e., “to redefine traditional and outdated perceptions of feminine beauty”), I began to think about what is traditionally considered feminine and beautiful. Women and flowers are an obvious match, and the sensuality of a woman’s body when photographed as if it were a still life portrait of a pear draws parallels to classic Italian paintings. What happens when we, as a society, subconsciously look at women as objects rather than individuals is not always clear, but is always dangerous, and both the subtle and bold sexual references in this shoot represent our limitations as objects of desire. Women are always told to modify their lives and their existences in order to stop taking up so much space in the public sphere, and it’s something that I hope one day can be overcome by activism and art. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately in general, and this shoot was the perfect opportunity to express these ideas.
How can we photograph female body in a more powerful way?
Just do it and do it boldly. Female bodies are powerful, and I think it’s up to artists to capture that by feeling that way themselves when they look at what they’re shooting. When I look at something or someone with reverence rather than wanting them to submit to me, I feel like that comes through in the photo I take, so I think it starts on the level of the artist themselves.
How can other creative outlets help you?
I also enjoy painting and writing and I think both of those things help me get ideas and emotions out of myself in a more literal way. The physical act of a thought traveling silently from my mind to a canvas or a piece of paper is something that’s always fascinated me. It’s the best kind of therapy.
How would you define beauty and how does it inspires you?
Confidence is beautiful to me, because it doesn’t allow the weight of other people’s perceptions to hold it back.
So, what makes you happy and what’s next for you?
Constantly creating and sharing what I create makes me happy, and I plan to continue doing just that.
photography: mia krys