Here is the interview of a virtuoso of colors.
Who are the artists and photographers that inspire you? Why?
It’s difficult to advise something original. I have a standard list of the legendary representatives of classical photography and painting.
I like to seek inspiration in the life around us. All my photos are the improved and enlarged scenes of our life and our thoughts, dreams.
How did you find the model? And your landscape?
It all depends on the ideas. I try to strike a balance, that no element stands out and not distract from the image. This applies to the choice of model, hairstyles, dresses and props. Everything must be harmonious.
But most frequently in my frame, I choose skinny model, with brown or red hair.
About landscape, I love work in areas where a lot of space, as a field, the sea or the mountains. It’s an endless source of inspiration. I travel a lot, but my home and work base is Ukraine. This is a very beautiful country, which has a variety of landscapes and places. I think to spend weekend in Kiev or Lviv or Odessa is a great decision and I recommend it to all our readers 🙂
How did you plan the portrait (lights, pose, gear)?
All starts with the little black book where I write down all the ideas. I don’t have assistants, so sometimes the preparation for shooting takes several days and accompanied by many experiments, test shootings. For example the frame with a burning umbrella shot on the sixth day of shooting. It spent more than 50 umbrellas, because I could not choose a combination of materials that umbrella at the same time beautifully burned and was safe for the model.
I always use the real props therefore such stories are at each frame. I love this process, even when I realize that some effects are easier draw in Photoshop. This is an important part for me, from which I never give up.
What is the message you want to convey through your photographs? Does minimalism allow you to communicate more easily with the viewer?
I like to show the beauty of nature and human interaction with it. I use simple stories but what is important each viewer sees his own version and understand each photo individually. Depending on the place where he lives or from education and other moments that are in his life. It’s amazing. My mission is, that after viewing the viewer feeling was like after reading the book or watched movies.
What would be your pieces of advice to photographers interested in portrait photography and who want to find their own style?
I recommend constantly experimenting, trying every genre until it becomes clear what genre is your choice. I think the biggest problem for a photographer is laziness, or bad organization. Don’t neglect to spend an extra day to get the right props, or the right dress, or even the right weather. A good photograph is the sum of small parts, but each part is perfectly well-thought and elaborate. If you cannot create alone, look for like-minded people: designers, photographers, or simply creative friends to help you find the right idea when shooting.