Hi , I am Sasha Aleksandra Orlova, born in Moscow in 2001. Photography, art and design are my ways to express myself, create beautiful things and share them with the world. I always say that it’s a privilege to know who you are and what is your path. Let us say, it was just luck, in early childhood falling in love with drawing, cause since when my path to visual arts was defined. Art school gave me great love to art, sense of composition, color and the ability to put honest feelings in artworks I create. After starting Bachelor in Linguistics I made a decision to move to Europe, Germany and continue studying and working there. Now since 2020 studying communication design in Leipzig I am photographing, creating design and art. Genres I photograph in : portrait, model tests, streetstyle, lookbook, wedding, event reportage, still life, floristics.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
That’s a beautiful question. I would say – environment and atmosphere around me, love, meeting inspiring and talented people, new knowledges, a lot of movement and traveling without a plan while feeling like a stranger in the new place. I have always been a huge dreamer with a mind full of illusions even and always visually sensitive, so it´s not that difficult to give me the excitement simply by a good designed item of interior, well dressed people, street jazz and having long conversations about art, life, ambitions and emotions.
What turns you off?
I would say doing nothing makes me feel unwell. Everybody has their own way of living and creating their energy and such thing as balance is truly important in our lives but for me if I have one empty, boring day – it makes me lose touch of productivity and I produce much less ideas and good emotions after that. They say, «Inspiration will find you during the work», don’t they?
What is your favorite virtue?
Courage and calmness.
What Is Your Purpose in Life?
Learn how to be honest with myself and find peace of mind, while bringing something new and beautiful into this world through art.
Are you ready to fight for a cause? Which one?
Maybe more yes than no. I would fight for my truth, morals, and freedom.
You want to keep reinventing yourself?
Of course, I don’t really know the other way around. Once a person thinks that he´s enough – he stops growing and becoming better.
What is an emotion?
The greatest and the worst thing we got.
Is society greater than the individual?
I would say an individual is little greater. We are all in this together, a huge part of something, but I prefer the position of an outsider and individual more.
How can you prove that anything exists outside your own mind?
During my derealization episodes I ask myself the same question. I really like walking and hearing the noises of surroundings, feel that life is actually a very wide and big thing.
Have we become less happy in this age of technology?
I was born already in this age, in 2001, I´m afraid. There always can be a reason to be unhappy. Technology brought so many new ways and capabilities, which definitely helped the progress of development. Yes, they may also move us closer to depression and procrastination (per social media), but it´s a two-sided coin.
Are humans obligated to better themselves and will that make them happier?
Nobody is obligated with that; we choose our path freely. Better ourselves is a pretty hard work, because to become better, a person needs to accept that he isn´t a perfect one yet and that’s not always an easy pill to swallow. Before the self-growth there´s always a self-destruction and that isn’t a happy place.
Does life require a purpose and a goal?
As I said it´s different for each person. For me – yes, I need a reason to wake up every morning and need ambitions to push me forward.
What is happiness?
Laugh of loved ones.
Does evil come from within, and if so why?
Probably yes! Our minds are so tricky and it´s easy to follow the negativity and go right into the darkest depths.
Why is beauty associated with morality?
Is it? I´m not sure if I do connect these two together.
Do we love ourselves more in the virtual world and less in the real world?
Maybe. The virtual one is easier to manipulate and pretend to be someone else and act like a different version of us. I myself may post a beautiful picture of coffee and nobody will guess that a couple of hours before the picture was taken, I felt deeply depressed. So, in the virtual world I´m just a person with coffee.
Is humanity doomed to head in a destructive direction?
Probably. But I prefer to hope that it´s not. There is a lot of bad things out there but isn´t there a lot of good things too?
Your message for the utopian world?
Stay creative! Go make all the amazing wild ideas come true and live life the fullest you can.