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How long have you been involved in photography? How did your photographic journey begin?
How would you describe today’s art scene? What are its positive and negative sides?
Today, with lots of available digital cameras on the market, we can see how many people find themselves in photography. That’s the positive side. And it’s also a negative because lots of amateurs, after buying a camera, start to think that they are “professionals.”
Do you believe that photography is an art? And isn’t it challenging and difficult compared to other arts?
Certainly, photography is an art that allows us to express our feelings and emotions. But to do so we need to master the technical aspects of the medium. Unlike a painter, who is in direct contact with his subject and his canvas,
a photographer is separated from his subject by the camera, from his “canvas” and, nowadays, by computers and printers.
How much does success depend on the talent of the photographer, and how much of it is hard work?
I don’t know about talent; I think that the main thing is a sense for it and practice, for sure.
Your photographs are fashion, beauty, nudes, and portraits. Which kind of photography represents the biggest challenge for you and why?
The biggest challenge for me is a nude because it’s too easy to cross the line from beauty to vulgarity.
Tell us something about your style. To what do you pay the most attention when you’re taking pictures? Tell us what a photo must be or have to make it successful.
In my works, I always try to focus on the models eyes, hands, and emotions. And I think that emotions are the main thing that can make your work successful.
Describe for us your typical day of taking photographs, from preparation to the final results.
Hahaha! The preparation day and the shooting day are two different days. 🙂
How much of your success is the result of teamwork? Would you single out someone from the team as very special?
Sure, a successful result is a team effort— model, stylist, hair and makeup artist, and me as the photographer, just a small part of the team success.
When photographing an attractive model, you have a great makeup artist, excellent conditions and scene in order to improve the odds of a successful photo. How do you find the models and by which criteria do you choose them? Do you have any rules about the selection?
The main criteria for me are emotions, eyes, and only after this a beautiful body, etc. Now it’s a lot easier to choose a model: you can open a Facebook profile of the person you are interested in and check the photos. And if they have the “same face” on all of the photos, I’m clicking on next profile. 🙂
Many women do not like to be photographed because they claim they are not photogenic. Surely it has happened to you. What is your advice in such a predicament?
I usually turn a deaf ear to such nonsense and prove the opposite to be true.
On the Internet there are lots of naked bodies and lots of sensitivity around it, even when it comes to artistic nudes with high aesthetics. What do you think, why is this so?
On the Internet there are a lot of people and a lot of opinions… 🙂
What advice would you give to young photographers interested in doing nude photography?
The main point of the nude is not to undress, but always try to impress.
Is there a photography quote that particularly sticks in your mind and influences your work?
“Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.” —Diane Arbus
What are your short-term and long- term plans about your photography?
Keep on clicking. 🙂
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