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Vilma Leino for Collect Art, Autumn Issue

Vilma Leino is a Finnish born, Berlin based photographer. She has been using photography as a medium since 2015. Her work focuses on self-portraiture. As a photographer, director, model and a stylist, she creates multiple characters to reflect inner feelings, solitude and womanhood. Her work experiments with strong color schemes, composition and human body. It is a one-woman show, where being in control and the fear of losing it are in constant dialogue. The story is balancing between beauty and horror, forming a story about personal growth, where fears are forming into strength.

''For me self-portraiture is freedom. As the person behind and in front of the camera, I am in control of every aspect and that makes me feel liberated. When I’m creating my artwork, the camera is an ally who doesn’t judge. It gives me space to get to know myself through art and experiment with my body, mind and feelings. Working with playful compositions and strong colour schemes is a way for me to lighten up darker subjects. In my work, I mix quirky details with pastel shades, to create an atmosphere where comedy and horror can meet each other. My portraits are visual stories that give the viewer many possible endings. They are stories from inside of the household, where daily life turns peculiar and the person we are is in the main spotlight as the one we should learn to love and take care of,'' Vilma Leino

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