The Human Condition
This photograph called "The Human Condition" is a part of my project, in which I cover people with petals in order to portray them as presences of human nature, experiencing their innermost, true selves—which I believe we all are at the very core of ours. Living yet dying, simple yet complex, attached to others yet capable of letting go... I wish to portray people with all the depth and complexity that is own to them, with all the nuances and inconspicuous paradoxes that define their very existence. I basically wish to capture what human existence feels like.
Is it possible to photograph what it feels like to be a human, though? Is it possible to capture the most profound feelings we have and share them with someone else? How much from "our selves" are we really capable of sharing with others and to what extend are we alone in this world?
The inspiration behind the visual originates in one special moment. When sun was about to set and I was walking down a street feeling like my skin was about to rip open. I was filled with so much beauty and gratitude I didn't know what to do with it. It felt unmanageble. At that point, in flash of a second, I imagined my skin tearing and tons and tons of bloody petals streaming out of the ruptures of my skin from the very core of me. I was in bloom. And so was everything around me.
It was that moment I realized that beauty is meant to be shared. And so it's joy and kindness, and every spark that ever ignited a heart, motivating to action and so beautifully energizing.
I guess I'm in love with the chance to experience life and this is my attempt on sharing it.
Author: Greta Zubova is a fine art and dog photographer dedicated to celebrating and helping others through photographs.
She is a self-taught photographer who started her creative journey in 2010, trying to express her wonder and feelings through photographs. Nevertheless, it wasn't until her photographs started to be beneficial to other people and animals that she discovered a her passion in photography.
After her first experience with photographing shelter animals, who later found homes due to her images, she quickly understood that she can change lives with what she does. Now, nothing is more meaningful to her than photographing those who can benefit from it. She loves it and enjoys it endlessly.