Kaya – Surreal Visions to Life

Say hello to Kaya:

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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Dubai.

What’s your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is the backstreets of Japan, as they are very unique with traditional restaurants and stores – just very raw and beautiful. I have not been to Japan yet, but I would love to experience everything I have envisioned of the place.

How would you describe your visual style?

My visual style is to emphasize beauty in simplicity, and I do this by using red, blue, and green lights.

How do you find your inspiration?

I get inspired by lights in grocery stores, supermarkets, etc. and then envision incorporating those lights with subjects such as people, objects, etc.

Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?

I do get photographer’s block, and I overcome that by taking my camera and just taking pictures of normal day-to-day objects in different angles. By doing, this I get new ideas.

What types of photography do you do?

I do street photography, fashion photography, nature photography, and manipulative photography. My favorite is manipulative photography, as I can edit simple images and make it more interesting. I do this also as an attempt to direct viewers’ attention towards the details in simplicity.

Of the photos you’ve taken, which three are your favorites? 

Out of the photos I have taken, the following are my three favorites because I love using colored lights in my photographs.




What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?

The best advice I could give to anyone who is starting photography or interested in photography is, please don’t be afraid to experiment. There is no such thing as a bad picture. Always experiment.

How do you express yourself through your photography?

Through photography, I try to express myself and my thought of surrealism by making the impossible, possible through a photograph.

What is your most life-changing event?

My camera is what motivates me to get out of my house and see the world in different ways. The ability to see things differently was my most life-changing event.

For anyone that wants to get in touch with Kaya, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Instagram: @redgrits | @captureffect

Kaya, thank you for sharing your story with us! 🙂

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