Can you tell us a bit more about you?
We are a creative duo, called Brick&Mortar, consisting of Fashion Photographer Anastasia Ekhlakova and Stylist Sweta Brik-Jones. We met 2014 when both moved to Vienna. Since we admire the same aesthetics it was easy to form a creative union. This way we can guarantee the outcome of a shoot.
Where are you from?
Originally Anastasia is from Ekaterinburg in Russia and moved to Austria 2011 to study.
Sweta was born in Crimea, Ukraine, and raised in Germany.
- When your passion for photography starts?
Anastasia's passion for photography started around 2013. This is when she decided go behind the camera. Since she was 14 she mostly worked in front of the camera as a model.
Sweta's passion for fashion and photography emerged during her master degree at LCF in London.
We'd like to think that people who like our work like the aesthetics of minimalism and elegance. They might come from different spheres, not only fashion. We hope to inspire them with different, unusual ideas and angles, and with producing shoots that are international.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
We like to get inspired by everything that surrounds us, whether it is art, architecture, colours, new and old collections or campaigns. We generally like to combine surrealistic features with normality.
- What are your biggest accomplishments?
The biggest accomplishments are still to come - this way it is always more interesting to move forward.
- What is your favourite place to travel?
We are both foodies, enjoying nice meals and good wine. There are lots of places in Vienna to chill out and enjoy free time.
For Sweta, one of the favourite places to travel is Malta/Gozo, she used to live there during her studies.
For Anastasia it is Morocoo, which is full of colour and life.
What is your motto in life?
Our motto is: elegance is elimination