Interview From painting to photography and the nude series - January 2018 "To say it simply I wanted to be able to photograph with the eyes of my heart. Half of the art work is done on the inside! Really."

Myscha Oréo photographs digital and analogue 120mm and 35mm.

I am a self taught photographer. It was in late 2010 that I decided to take on photography seriously after finding myself taking pictures all the time. I had always loved photography but was strangely enough convinced it was something I couldn't do. It was this irresistible, undeniable and almost overpowering push that made me go on my photography journey. And this push never ceased since.

The purpose of the work is for it to be an expression of the original self, not of my ego, not of my personality. The work needs to be free and undisturbed, pure. Like anything that lives in the wild. Like nature.

© Myscha Oréo 2018

A photograph can be as intimate as a life long relationship. To capture true beauty, the artist must be brave enough to embrace all light and dark aspects of life.
— Myscha Oréo

Myscha Oréo is a photographer and artist based in Amsterdam.
The main focus in her photography is portraying people. Whether it is a portrait, a nude or a documentation of how people work or live, Myscha always try to capture the real, the raw, the original and powerful beauty that resides in every person. Her goal is to capture people in authenticity and photograph with the eyes of her heart.  "It is when the soul emerges that we are most powerful and beautiful. This original and authentic state of being is what I endeavour to capture."

Myscha Oréo knew from the first moment she pressed the shutter that she had discovered an instrument "to capture life". Being an accomplished painter - "painting teaches me to live" - she was captivated by the immediacy of the medium, the rush every photographer knows when catching Henry Cartier Besson's "decisive moment".

Having grown up in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Asia, Myscha brings to the table an eclectic mix of interests, experiences and tastes. Her love for life, nature, beauty and freedom find its roots in extensive travel all over the world from a very early age on, and is reflected in the style and subject matter of her photography and her paintings.

Myscha has a singular vision that she relentlessly pursues. Her personal work often starts with an idea, a theme, a story or an object which she then purposely develops into a photo shoot. Mostly working with natural light she controls all aspects of her work; art direction, styling, make-up, mise-en-scene, location- and model scouting. 

This young aspiring artist has an invigorating vitality that she is willing to share with whomever sees her artwork. "I use photography to capture Life," as Myscha puts it herself. Life could not wish for a better ambassador.

— John P.H. Bour