Feb 11, 2019
Gela is a Georgian photographer who creates simple and expressive images that reflect his passion for B&W film and the medium in general. In Gela's photographs we can see a great sense of composition and different ways of using light, which results in aesthetically attractive images filled with the character and pursuits of the author.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
GS - Thanks to you! I'm Gela Shekeladze from Tbilisi, Georgia. I graduated from the faculty of Maths at the Tbilisi State University. Now I'm doing BA in design, working in Georgia's first limited edition print photo gallery "Fotografia" and working on personal projects.
am - How did you start in photography?
GS - I saw a Henry Cartier-Bresson's exhibition by accident back in 2013. I had no clue about the photography before and was impressed by the look of black and white image. Tones, contrast, scenes... Everything was in its right place and I couldn't believe when I was told that it was taken on film. Since then I'm digging deep and testing different films, developers and papers.
am - We can see that you are currently using more B&W and high contrast scenes, what attracts you about this?
GS - One part is the scenes and on the other the look of it. That's why I prefer to print in the darkroom, play with light and create the photograph which is on my mind. Each picture speaks and tells you what to do.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
GS - I like Ralph Gibson, Trent Parke and the aesthetic and style of the Japanese photography.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
GS - "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring" by Kim Ki-duk.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
GS - "Black Rose" by Trent Parke.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
GS - Thanks for having me!
All images © Gela Shekeladze