Today we’d like to introduce you to Dalila Kriheli.
Hi Dalila, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Luckily, I was born into a family of artists, mostly painters. I was always surrounded by creative energy and I tend to see the world slightly differently and have a different perspective on this journey we call life. I feel it chose me instead of the other way around. As a kid/teenager my walls were plastered with rockstar posters, and I was always inspired by the “coolness” factor of it. So I wanted to get behind the glass and shoot them as well. The print magazines were starting to be a thing of the past (although a few survived) when I was getting serious about it and getting the opportunities in the pit to shoot, it was rapidly transitioning to digital, so being new at it and almost instantly having to adapt to new technology was a part of me cutting my teeth in the industry. Fast forward to 2021, and I am proud to see my portfolio and the icons/legends I have had the opportunities and honor to photograph. It’s a trip!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s been smooth in the sense of the folks in the industry, and the opportunities that I have come across, and the kindness. It’s been a mega struggle as I am still independent. Since I don’t work for a magazine or affiliated with a journalist, it is extremely difficult to secure photo passes for shows. As of today, I am a contributing photographer to KICK ASS FOREVER, however, they like many other publications do not require me to give up my rights to my photography and place restrictions on where the photographs can appear on social media or my website. It’s a huge price to pay, and I’ve stuck to my guns.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in rock concert photography. I feel I see the world in a different way. When I shoot concerts, it’s more of a sense of feeling what the artist is feeling, as an empath if you will. I am not always familiar with all the artists I shoot, but I taste the fire bubbling in their souls. I strive to capture the pure emotion of the moment. When fans of bands view the images (the ones who couldn’t attend the show) and they make comments such as – “I feel like I was there”, “I can live through your lens”, or comments such as long time fans saying “Never seen this type of shot of –** ARTIST NAME **–) That is what motivates me more, and makes me so very thrilled that I did the job I sought out to do. That is what truly makes me the proudest. Every photographer has their signature style. What sets me apart is (In my opinion) the raw emotion I strive to capture translates to the viewer.
How do you define success?
Joy from my work. I love receiving emails from band members saying stuff like… Just showed the whole band the shots, and they are lovin’ them! I love when die-hard fans of bands who have seen thousands of photos make a connection with my shots! Longtime friends of band members saying that I captured (______ insert name) the best they have ever seen – and so on. It’s personal to me. When people connect to it is how I define my photography as a success.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: rockstarpix.rocks
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dk_rockstarpix/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ROCKSTARPIX.222
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockstarpix
- Other: https://www.facebook.com/dalila.kriheli (personal FB) https://www.instagram.com/dalilaputzing (Personal IG)
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