Through the lens – a talk with Bewar Mossa

Would you say a few words about yourself?

I am Bewar Mossa, 30 years old, Kurdish from Kurdistan/ Iraq. Graduate of Business Administration. Almost two years I’m living in Sofia-Bulgaria. I have 11 years of experience in photography and graphic design. Since my childhood I have been lovers of art and photography. I have been involved in photography competitions and photography exhibitions since my beginnings as a photographer so far.

I was a photographer with several NGOs and the press media (as a radio director, journalist photographer and graphic designer in cultural magazine in Kurdistan).

What is the meaning of home for you?

Home for me its mean the base where everything begins.

What is the one most important thing in your life now, as an artist and as a person?

The most important thing in my life is to introduce myself to other people through my lens. Because I have a message inside this lens.

How did you start your career as a photographer? Why did you chose to be a photographer?

I have been a fan of photography and art since my childhood, but I started out as a graphic designer in 2007.

Then I started in 2010 as a documentary photographer, because photography it is the easier and a quickly way for people to understanding your subject, message within a picture’s frame from the first look.

What are the usual objects of your camera? What is interesting for you to shoot? Why?

A photographer can take a pictures even through a mobile camera it does not matter which kind or model of the camera he/she have. The most important is the subject and message for pictures. Portrait and documentary. People do not trust words. They trust the pictures. Because a picture is a reliable document.

What is inspiring you and motivating you for the photographs and the art that you make?

The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t need to explain things with words. That is my inspiration for photography.

How would you like to develop your art further here in Bulgaria?

I will not forget that Caritas is the one that gave me opportunities and opened many doors for me to develop myself and to achieve success, so I succeeded in developing myself here in Bulgaria. During these two years I participated in many festivals as a photographer and participated in photography competitions with great achievements. However, I have conducted many photography exhibitions.

Why is creativity important in photography? How do you understand creativity? What does it mean for you as a person and as an artist?

In fact, creativity is one of the most important human characteristics first and then photographer. It is one of the key features that make us successful as individuals and as a species.

Everything will be continued through creativity. If we don’t have creativity how we can continue and develop ourselves?

Now that you have accomplished numerous achievements as a photographer and as an artist, can you describe in short your preferred stile in photography, and why you have chosen this style?

When you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls. For that I chose this style of photography. As we know this life is full of difficult moments, poor people, wars, life problems, etc.

When you’re happy, you’ll see many people around you who share your fun and attention. But when you have a problem or you’re sad, you cannot see many people around you. Maybe you’ll see yourself alone.

Through the lens I want to take pictures and I chose this style, to remind them! Do not forget the victims of wars and aggression.

What would you like to convey to the audience that follow or sympathize to the #What is Home campaign? 

It does not matter that you are in your home to live, the most important is that you can live everywhere considering your home.

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