We had the good fortune of connecting with Dalia Janian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dalia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I create to fill a void, I create to breathe, I create my own world in which I am worth it, I create to pass time, I create to heal, I create because all of our emotions are important to express, I create to escape, I create to be myself in a world full of comparison, I create to combat boredom, I create to express anything I want to express, I create to share information, I create to share realisations, I create to create, I create to bring me closer to the surface, I create because I have nothing to lose, I create because I have only one life, I create because it brings me joy to see such colors in the real world more vibrant on a computer screen, I create to know myself, I create to discover others, I create to understand the deeper meanings in life, I create to be cherished and to cherish, I create to be my own person, I create to be someone else, I create to add drama to the world, I create to add meaning to emotions, I create to add meaning to thoughts, I create to add meaning to locations, I create to add meaning to nature, I create to be closer to all elements, I create to feel connected, I create to not feel worthless, I create to not feel unproductive, I create to not feel like zero, I create to feel like I have a say, I create to embrace negativity, I create to embrace flaws, I create to make life more entertaining, I create to add a sense of purpose, I create to receive a sense of engagement, I create for connection with human beings, I create to be connected to all gods, I create to feel closer to a higher power, I create to feel a sense of belonging, I create to express trauma, I create to live out of the darkness that was embedded into my soul, I create to reach onto that light, grab it and never let go.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would consider myself to be a multidisciplinary artist, because I practice makeup, styling and video. I am very connected to nature, energies and emotions, therefore I like getting to know the model before working with them so that I can master capturing their aura how it should be captured, effortlessly real. I would say that my proudest moment in my career, was when I photographed the incredible actor Antoine Olivier Pilon for a project with Dulcedo, he is an actor that inspired me once and it was a surreal experience. However, I got to where I am today because of my perseverance, ambition and my incredible audience. It wasn’t easy of course, especially for a woman photographer in the industry, but I never gave up, and if I felt low, I just tried harder and pushed myself, after that you truly feel limitless. Along my journey, I learned too many lessons, but one lesson that stuck with me the most, is that the only person standing in your way is you. Therefore, my message to you is to go after what you feel in your gut, it’s better than dreaming about it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In my opinion, the best places in Montreal to visit are the Fleuve St-Laurent, the restaurant in Chinatown “Qing Hua” for the tastiest dumplings, Bar Le Ritz and the prettiest metro station Place-des-arts.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to thank everyone who has ever collaborated with me for a shoot, every magazine who has shown interest in my work for interviews, and everyone who never doubted me.
Inez (IG : @inezufi), Virginie (IG : @tout.le.temps.dans.lune), Alex (IG : @alexvaliquette_), Jeannick (IG : @jeunefilletrisse), Payton (IG : @afro.dyte).