Szilagyi Edi (Edd Myspys) is a Romania-based photographer from Cluj-Napoca, whose artworks (photography, digital collages, photo-manipulations) depict strong emotions and capture raw feelings like melancholia or depression. His anonymous models – silent alchemists of the darkness – scratch the viewer’s mind in a long-lasting way, almost like permanent scars on the brain.
“The passion for photography was fueled by digital photo-manipulations and collages”, Edi told Cultartes Mag. “Anyway, I tried to avoid using this method in the last couple of years because I told to myself it’s more intriguing when there’s a plan, a long process for a picture to be born. I’m inspired by the places I visit, houses or apartments, abandoned buildings, cinema, literature, emotions or personal experiences”.
In other words, he believes in a method that compares photography to the wine – the older, the better. His artworks are endlessly digested by himself before they’re showed to anyone else. This is how he becomes certain that it is in fact a good piece. He says: “My creative process is a long-winded one, mostly because I take my time in materializing ideas, sketches or decor, while I’m creating the items, the masks that I need. I’m visiting places and then I come back for shooting. The process doesn’t end here, though. Usually I ‘lay the photograph in lavender’ for days or weeks, while coming back at it from time to time to see it. This is how I decide if it deserves to be released in the world”.
The photographer’s alter-egos take human shape in this creative pantheon of hermetic characters (Angel Breaker, The Fog Collector, the Mourner) while his inner feelings become scenes from a long-forgotten past (The Gate, The Game, The Strangers), all of them letting us know they are, in their twisted kind of beauty, unique and alive.
Some of Edi’s photographs are more striking than others. His attraction for the depressive side got him to collaborate with others local artists with similar visions. Half a year ago, Edi and Anca Mitroi (guest on Cultartes) created a common photo-project on Facebook called ‘Sadness Overload’. You can view it here.