The Russian artist-photographer, based in Finland, invites us into worlds where surrealism and minimalism meet to better translate psychology, emotions, and human moods.
Psychorealism: reality of what happens in the human inner world. It is through this approach, so-defined on her website, that Dasha Pears invites us to enter her imaginative world. This Russian conceptual photographer, based in Helsinki, Finland, started her photographic career about ten years ago after suffering a burnout in marketing communication. “Photography turned out to be a way to discover my true self and express it,” she explains on All About Photo. “My works are a reflection of this process of discovery and I hope they can help others on the same path as me.” Her pictures are like doors opening to inner worlds where surrealism allows the psychological state of people to be free of any hindrance, to blossom and become beautiful.
Dasha Pears draws from classical fine art, fantasy, and science fiction literature, and even art therapy. In her process, everything happens in the mind of the character where surreal elements feed a partially real photographic scene. She uses metaphor and minimalism to share the dreams, desires, and emotions that take place in our inner worlds. “It’s my way of expressing that controlling your mind and creating space is crucial to discovering who you are and who you are not,” she adds. No wonder her images have appeared on book covers and in private collections around the world. Dasha Pears has also expanded the scope of her thinking through photography workshops to better convey and tell compelling visual stories that soothe the spirits of the human psyche.