Country: Great Britain
Member since: 2018
Bio: There are many facets to Anastasia. With a Finance career in London, she has already worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including UBS AG, D. E. Shaw & Co, and CVC Capital Partners. This world may seem like an odd place to find an intrepid traveller and artist, but as Hedy Lamarr said «All creative people want to do something unexpected». Anastasia’s moment of unexpected creativity arrived with an unplanned trip into a second-hand photography store. As her hand reached for her first DSLR, Fates cut the proverbial thread. Today Anastasia writes a travel blog www.frugalhedonist.net and has readers in over 49 countries. She uses this platform to share the beauty of the world and encourage her audience to go on their own adventures. She is a member of the UK Guild of Photographers. Her body of work also includes portrait, street and documentary photography. She describes her style as «photojournalism with a dash of optimism». She studied Fine Art and attended History of Art classes at the Art Institute of Sotheby's. Her tenacity and will allowed her to achieve all that while working for one of the world's leading Private Equity firms where she advises on regulatory developments across Europe and analyses Compliance risks in multi-million M&A transactions. Her study of Fine Art influences her photography. The Old Masters taught her how to use light to accentuate a composition. The Impressionists taught her how to capture emotion. She still paints, comparing it to meditation. “It’s a full-body experience. It’s not just about the colours. It’s about the smell, and the touch. Sometimes I put down the brush and paint with my fingers. I like to play with it and get messy!” Anastasia believes that expression through art, is a form of communion. «When I walk with my camera, I become part of the scene. I am so in tune with everything that goes on around me, that I can sense when something interesting is about to happen. I point, wait, and click. So many of my best photographs came to me. It’s about listening to your intuition. » If a picture is worth a thousand words and the pen is mightier than the sword then we expect this budding young artist to not only take the world by storm, but to make it all the more beautiful in the process.