Bagrad Badalian is a 23 year old photographer and graphic designer living in Brussels, Belgium. A photographer and a frequent traveller, Bagrad has already carved a niche for himself for his seemingly different images, which are tailor-made to adorn exhibits. He is into experimental photography and tries to bring in new elements through his pictures. Having evolved in an artistic environment since his childhood, as both of his parents were painters, he has inherited an undeniable artistic gift.
Bagrad’s photography resembles painting, a great concern for detail and a perfect sense of composition. His mastery of the photographic techniques is conspicuous and his art is indescribable, it is lived, it is felt. It opens a path to our interrogations, our dreams and nightmares, it shatters our beliefs, stimulates our desires.
Around 2008 I bought a camera and started shooting all kinds of things. I then realized that I liked working in a studio, an empty canvas where silence is the setting by default.
What would you call your genre? Most of your pictures don't fit in any particular type yet are compelling.
Expressionism, Experimental Photography, Light Painting. I don't like the idea of having a genre, copying myself would be worse than copying others so I try to reinvent my styles most of the time.
“I don't like the idea of having a genre, copying myself would be worse than copying others so I try to reinvent my styles most of the time.”
What is experimental photography and what made to choose this different genre?
In my opinion, experimental photography is what stands in the middle of Painting and Sculpture. It is to sculpt a flat image. In its early days, photography was a scientific and experimental tool. I want to keep things that way. I want to find ways to look at reality from unusual angles, and then express myself through them.