Metalhead Arts Project: Julia [Eastern Europe]
A pastime in Eastern Europe for some people is spending days doing what is called “Urbexing”, or “Urban Exploring”. For example, visiting long abandoned places. Through these places, a young and aspiring Metalhead photographer carries on this pastime documenting her time there.
We sat down and spoke with Julia, who photographs these abandoned places, capturing the energy left behind through her own lens of dark image visualization.
MHW: Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to speak with you! Let’s start of with you. Tell us a little about yourself…
Julia: My name is Julia, I'm 20 years old. I take pictures for over three years now. Mostly I take pictures of abandoned places, but recently I try to do some model shoots. I wanna develop more in a dark, thoughtfully and creepy way.
I like to listen to Metal and Punk. The first bands I listened to are My Chemical. Romance and Raise Against. Then I began to listen to Beartooth and Marilyn Manson and then to other Metal bands too.
MHW: Your choice of locations for your photos are very interesting. How do you choose the location of a shoot? How often is there a spontaneous moment you happen to grab?
Julia: I shoot abandoned places such as hospitals, asylums, factories, or a bunker. It's a lot of investigating on the internet before I find my photo locations.
First, I search near big cities and expand the search radius as long as I found enough interesting places. Then I try to find out some historical facts about the place and how easy it'll be to get inside. Then my partner and I will drive there.
Spontaneous moments aren't that often. I once took a picture of some bats in a cave and another time I saw a raccoon in an old factory and took a picture of it. But the most of the time I calmly look around in the building and take photos from everything that seems interesting, or beautiful, or disturbing.
MHW: As part of your work, you caption your photos using a song name with band credit. How do you choose a track title? Was metal music a driving force in deciding to take up on becoming a photographer?
Julia: Sometimes the song comes in my mind when I do the after work on a photo, or I look through my pics and think what to post next and suddenly I have the song in my head.
I didn't start to take photos because of metal, but metal gave me the confidence and self-esteem to constantly try to take better photos and to try to get an exhibition and to try to find a job as photographer. (The last thing hasn't worked…yet).
MHW: Do you plan on making a career out of becoming a photographer, or is this just a creative outlet?
Julia: I'd like to (make a career out of it), but I can't get an Ausbildung or Berufsausbildung at this time.
I’d like a full-time job as a photographer, where I can learn how to make better photos.
MHW: How long have you listened to metal music? What are your current favorite acts?
Julia: For two or maybe three years now. I'm relatively new in the metal scene, but I love it.
My favorite bands are Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Beartooth, Ice Nine Kills.
MHW: Being somewhat new to metal music, has it made a difference in your life in general?
Julia: The most time of my life I thought I don't like music in general, because I only know the music on the radio (Pop and stuff like that). But then I was introduced to Punk music and it opened a whole new world to me, it was great. Then I began to listen to Metal and it was the same as with Punk, I instantly loved it. I'd say Metal makes my life more happy and it gives me the confidence to do what I wanna do, to take pictures for example.
MHW: Thanks again for speaking with us and we appreciate you allowing us to showcase your artwork! We wish you the best of luck in your creative adventures going forward! Stay metal!
Julia: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your Project! I'm glad to be the first person who can show on your website what metal music has inspired me to do!