When photographer Nacho Kamenov first saw
Desi Tomova, she was riding her bike across the urban jungle. He was so
impressed by her artistic looks that he immediately offered to make a nude
photography session with her, just like that, riding along the Grafa Boulevard.
It is not clear whether she took that as a bold flirt only, yet she gladly
tells of the relations between the man behind the lens and his nude model.
Warning: the lovely young lady in the
photo is not Desi.
Nacho Kamenov began his infatuation with
photography quite accidentally when his father gave him a camera as a present.
He received his first distinction in 1980, a Fotovakantsia award for nude
photography. Just recently, he and Georgi Neykov organized an exhibition
commemorating Helmut Newton. Presently, he is chiefly involved in advertising
photography for brands such as Florina, Peshtera anisette, Bulbank,
Glavbulgarstroi, Bulgartabac, etc.
Nude photographies are one of Kamenov’s
passions. He explains, “My first impression of a woman is never the most
precise. I discover my characters quite spontaneously. Each body is beautiful
in itself.” These are the women we meet in the streets, inside cafes or night
clubs, on TV or a theater stage, inside a superstore or at a famous designer’s.
He has made a rule to have no personal relations with his models, otherwise the
magic breaks. First he makes them feel at ease, with a generous serving of jazz
and a good drink. Then technology steps in, the lens opens, the flash goes off.
Az magazine, March 2005