How would you describe yourself in five words?

Quirky, inquisitive, loyal, empathetic, and humble.

What's the most challenging piece you've ever created?

Hmm... first thought is one from school. I was going through a rough time my senior year in college and I decided to make a photo project documenting that. It was challenging but also cathartic. I think the best art is made when you challenge yourself to be vulnerable.

Nima Fatima

Photograhpy by Nima Fatima©

If you were in a band, what kind of music would you play?

That's a tough one because I like so many different genres, maybe something indie rock mixed with elements of classical. But I also want to say something dancey, like Robyn.

When was the last time you tried something new?

This last photo editorial I worked on! I did a few intentional composite shots and multiplied the model.

Nima Fatima

Photograhpy by Nima Fatima©

What's the most provocative piece you've ever created?

When I lived in Boston, I was painting a lot and I used to make a lot of drooling mouths. Those always drew interesting attention.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you and what would the film be called?

I'll go with Winona Ryder (she's weird and I love everything she's in) and I guess it would be called What Are You? because I get asked that question constantly.

Nima Fatima

Photograhpy by Nima Fatima©

What are the top two compliments you hear from people about yourself?

Sweet (can be) and funny? I don't know, it feels weird to think about compliments!

What inspires you?

Regarding art, anything awkward and uncomfortable. I enjoy work that makes you pause and feel weird. Regarding life, it's people who stay positive in the worst situations. I can easily dwell on things when they aren't going right and it really inspires me to see someone who is able to rise above, that's a hard thing to do.

Nima Fatima

Photograhpy by Nima Fatima©

What is your most valuable skill?

Listening and collaborating (I think they go together). I really like to hear people out and work with them whether it's on a photo project or just something in their own life they might need help with.

What's the best piece you've ever created?

Man, that's a tough one too. In my recent work, I'd have to say again the composite shots I did or any of the last few editorials I've done. But this one project from years ago keeps coming to mind. In college, I went up to 16 of my friends at random and asked them to make a face that best conveyed their personality and snapped one single photo of them. Then I took the film to the darkroom and I developed each photo half way and then painted the developer on the paper along the features of their faces so the photos looked like paintings (if that makes sense).

When they were dry and able to see light, I took them out and painted colour on with toners. In the end, I put them together into a huge 4x4 grid. So I have this massive framed piece of all of my friends' beautiful faces. It's not necessarily my best work when I look back on it now there are a lot of parts I would have done more carefully, but it was my first time painting with developer and toner. I still love it now.

Nima Fatima

Photograhpy by Nima Fatima©

Any advice for new artists?

Just do it. Yes, thank you, Nike. But seriously, I didn't shoot for a lot of years after school because I didn't think I could do it or "make it" as a photographer, whatever that means. And it doesn't really matter. It's something I love to do and if it can be a career, great. If not, don't dwell on it. Do it because you love it. Money should never be the motivation to create art. "Starving artist" is a phrase for a reason.

What is a movie moment that completely transformed you?

I have two: first is honestly any scene from The Grand Budapest Hotel. I remember watching that movie in awe the entire time. Wes Anderson is just so brilliant and makes me want to make things. The second is a quote from J.K. Simmons' character in Juno: "Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass."

Nima Fatima

Photograhpy by Nima Fatima©

What do you consider to be the highlight of your life?

Ok that's an intense question! It seems really stupid but all I can think of right now is when I did a photoshoot with 8 kittens. It was the best day ever. I love cats. Love.

What makes you smile?

Cats. But a more serious answer, seeing people I love happy and succeeding.

Nima Fatima

Photograhpy by Nima Fatima©

Lastly, what are you currently working on?

I recently met an Art Director who I'm excited to work with and we have a photoshoot coming up with a primary colour concept. I don't want to share too much. I tend to stray away from too much colour but I'm trying to challenge myself with more colourful projects lately. Stay tuned!


You can view more of Nima Khabiri's work by heading to her official website. She can also be found on Instagram and Facebook.