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 composer/producer/recording artist 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).
Relying heavily on improvisational elements that are rooted in impulses evolving over the course of the shoot, as much as an intuitive preconceived concept is my preferred approach to each session.
With that, experimental visual freedom I try to achieve a diversity within my compositions 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 surround each and every one of us.'
Los Angeles/Berlin , 2018
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