Photoessay: "Whoever has money has no taste, whoever has taste - no money."

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Sculptor Zamin Rzayev was born in 1989 in Nakhichevan. His parents made sure he had the necessary resources to develop his talent for drawing, which he developed at an early age. 

Later, he turned to clay as his artistic medium. He later entered the Academy of Art, where he would spend most of his time in the workshop studying his craft. 

According to Zamin, there’s nothing hard or difficult about art - one simply has to love one’s work in order for it to seem easy. 

“In order to create a sculpture, sometimes you need a few months. You can, of course, turn one out in a shorter period of time, but it won’t be as successful a piece as you might have wanted. When I am creating, new ideas constantly come to my mind. And every time I make better and better additions to the piece I had originally conceived of. This in turn inspires me for other works. 

If a rich but tasteless person begins to tell me how to go about the job, I lose my inspiration rather quickly. Currently, whoever has money doesn’t have taste - and whoever has taste doesn’t have money. That’s why I’d like to improve my financial situation in the future, so as to be able to gift sculptures that I’ve made with love to people with good taste.”

Zamin spends much of his time working in this room
Zamin spends much of his time working in this room.

Zamin measures the arm of a model for his next piece
Zamin measures the arm of a model for his next piece.

Zamin measures the arm of his sculpture
Zamin measures the arm of his sculpture.

He spends much of his day giving form to clay
He spends much of his day giving form to clay.

“I try not to work when I’m in a bad mood. If I’m in a bad mood, then this will be reflected in my work.”
“I try not to work when I’m in a bad mood. If I’m in a bad mood, then this will be reflected in my work.”.

“I need months to create a sculpture. I can do it quickly, of course, but to do exactly wha I want to I need more time.”
“I need months to create a sculpture. I can do it quickly, of course, but to do exactly wha I want to I need more time.”.

“Sometimes, I immediately turn to a new sculpture as soon as I finish working on an old one.”
“Sometimes, I immediately turn to a new sculpture as soon as I finish working on an old one.”.

“My hands might be dirty, but as a result, a fantastic creation is given birth to.”
“My hands might be dirty, but as a result, a fantastic creation is given birth to.”.

In order to make alterations to a statue, it has to be dampened with water first.
In order to make alterations to a statue, it has to be dampened with water first..

New day, new ideas.
New day, new ideas..

Zamin uses special instruments to make changes to the sculpture
Zamin uses special instruments to make changes to the sculpture.

Zamin carves away at one of his newest pieces
Zamin carves away at one of his newest pieces.

One of Zamin’s sculptures against the background of the Academy of Art
One of Zamin’s sculptures against the background of the Academy of Art.

“If a rich but tasteless person begins to tell me how to go about the job, I lose my inspiration rather quickly. Currently, whoever has money doesn’t have taste - and whoever has taste doesn’t have money.”
“If a rich but tasteless person begins to tell me how to go about the job, I lose my inspiration rather quickly. Currently, whoever has money doesn’t have taste - and whoever has taste doesn’t have money.”.