TriggerChrome, born in Sofia, Bulgaria, is a Los Angeles-based portrait and fine art photographer.
He relocated to the U.S. after a successful career spanning 2 decades as a rock musician/composer/producer in Germany.
After his move to Los Angeles in 2009 - while exploring film making as an actor/producer and high profile commercial model - he felt inspired to deliver an expatriate's view of life at the end of a continent and the industry in a contemporary yet nostalgic way. He embraced photography which he felt was a more innate and natural approach to artistic expression
His works follow a narrative, reminiscent of European and American cinema of the 1930-70s.
He is self-taught and specializes in capturing people's wide (and often contradictory) range of emotions in his clear, color-conscious, cinematic-narrative style. The experimental visual freedom of his composition and lighting show a diversity that focusses the viewers attention to the meticulously surrendered expressions of the artist's subjects. It also takes the viewer into a story he decides to convey.
His works include "Unsung Heroes Of Forgotten Films" a series of stylized independent actors portraits, commissions for PARAGRAPH magazine and celebrity portraits.
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Artist Statement TriggerChrome
C u r e w i t h P o i s o n
'I am self-taught and specialize in capturing peoples’ wide and often contradictory range of emotions in a clear, color-conscious, cinematic-narrative style. I extract and create moments of authenticity during my sessions, enabling the subject to become engulfed in the healing aspect of the concept of stylized beauty (Selfies/Photoshop) and also contrarily, 'poison' (photography).
I rely heavily on improvisational elements that are rooted in impulses evolving during the shoot. With that experimental visual freedom I try to achieve a diversity with my composition and lighting that focusses the viewers attention to the meticulously surrendered expressions of my subjects.
I don't necessarily want to capture a 'moment of truth', quite the opposite actually: I allow human emotions to peruse a heightened reality and capture that - surprisingly enough there is more of the real person to be found in that than in their perceived idea of themselves: the one they are usually using to ‘mask’ themselves in day-to-day life.
For me, art has become an adventure about finding and documenting similarities in the human soul - overwhelmed by expectations, traditions and the complex worlds that surrounds each and every one of us.'
Los Angeles, 2016
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