A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Hi there! My name is Yassen and I'm a Bulgarian-born, London-based photographer. I wear many hats, but I bring my unfaltering energy and determination to everything I do, be it photography, track cycling, writing or cooking!
Lovely to e-meet you!
ABOUT MY PROCESS
At YGREQ, I champion authenticity, craftsmanship and intimacy. I believe the current photographic landscape is one that favours superficiality and trendiness over sincerity. My way of pushing back against this is by putting my subjects' passions and personalities first, and really letting their stories sing!
I prefer to work on analogue media as the workflow better aligns itself with my values. I believe that the process of photography is precious and something to be cherished, thus the slower, more methodical and deliberate approach that film allows for is a perfect fit. Of course, I'm also entirely comfortable around a digital workflow for those projects that simply couldn't be viably shot otherwise!
I'm always super happy to have a chat! For all enquiries, business-related or not, click through to my contact page below!
Exhibitions, Publications, Awards, Competitions
My documentary project, Exemplary Home, won 2nd place in the Film/Other category of the prestigious International Photography Awards
26 October 2020
Participated in Photoscratch 2020 with my project, Exemplary Home
Independently conceptualised, shot developed and produced a12-page fashion/documentary editorial for The Fall Magazine’s first physicaledition.
"Exemplary Home" was selected to participate in Traia Photolab and Pinsharp Mag's virtual exhibition. I also gave an artist talk on the project, my practice and inspirations
"Exemplary Home" was published as a part of Offspring Photomeet and Northern Narratives' article, "The Rural"
My project, Exemplary Home, was featured in PhotoGrad's Graduate Photographer showcase.
Cherrydeck Featured Photographer
Selected to be featured on the cover of the Cherrydeck website and social media accounts.
My project, Exemplary Home, was featured in Source Magazine's Graduate Photographer showcase.
International Photography Awards
Entered my project, Exemplary Home, into the competition under the Film/Analogue category.
Wide Angle Photography Contest - Oxford University Press
Participated in the OUP - Wide Angle Photography contest, submitting work that looks at photography in a nontraditional and disruptive fashion.
LensCulture Portrait Awards
Participated in the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2019, submitting my series - "Waiter, Creator, Bartender". Received brilliant feedback from a panel of judges, including major industry professionals, as well as an in-depth work review.
Sweetart Naughty and Nice Exhibition
Participated in the SweetArt Naughty and Nice Exhibition at the Espacio Gallery with a single image, titled "Resilience".
125 Fund Recipient - University of Westminster
Recipient of the maximum amount of funding via The 125 Fund.
- English (Proficient)
- French (Upper Intermediate)
- Bulgarian (Native)