I live in Vitebsk now and work as freelance photographer.
I like: words, texts, computers, old things, empty spaces, mornings, tea and old jeans.
I don't like: animals and plants at home, weddings, loud people and X-Mas.
Ten years ago my good friend give me a Zenit with 135 mm lens and I justl ooked into this camera and fall in love, but I also have watch the movie "American Beauty" and understood that I like to collect seconds. After that when I was in USA I bought my first digital camera.
But I understood what I wanted in photography only when I started to shoot on film in 2009-2010.
Now I use Rolleiflex FX+ It, a camera with chrome parts and brown leather with some beautiful scratches. It is looks great with my grey shoes, green pants, cyan t-shirt with small brown pikes. I have also an old Rolleiflex 2.8c which came from the legendary time of Richard Avedon, Diana Arbus, Francesca Woodman, "Blow Up" the movie and great rock bands.
And I really like how I look with these cameras.
The best way to inspire is understand that photography is a big world which become bigger and bigger every day. It is an OTHER UNIVERSE. We can discover, create, destroy, think about this world. You can create new rules! It a big game and the goal is create something new, but you must be honest.
Also sometimes I don't want to be a photographer . And I know that I can do this. I find inspiration in dreams about usual life without thinking about PHOTO UNIVERSE. I dream about just shooting "snapshots" for memory.
We can speak about this from different angles.
1) I try to find a new way of making portrait with available light, 80 mm lens, 6x6 cm frame and speeds between 1/25 - 1 sec. I don't like similar composition. Yes, I "do" what I need and "use" people. It is like a game which need concentration and intuition.
2) I don't know what I need. Once it is a new gesture which is related with person in front of the camera. Sometimes it is light, or a new object in the hand or on the clothes.
I look and wait when people give me photo.
3) I try to find a moment of silence when I can be "invisible" and the person stays alone with the camera. This moment happen when all my attention is concentrated on the person in front of the camera. I don't think, I just see and try to find, I am waiting. I kill my Ego. If this happen I become "invisible".
At the end I have a picture with my personal "marks" and "signs", but also it have something real and personal which connected me with the model.
Briefly, I want to show people without photographer in the eyes.
What are your hobbies besides photography?
It is hard to have a hobby when you "fall in love" with photography. I like to read books, I try to find books with good language. I mean that words and how they are connected by the writer are more interesting than "action". In 2012 I start to read books about media, image and philosophy of photography. Now it very inspired me.
Who are your models and what is your relationship with them?
- Usually I take portraits of people who know me. Sometimes we meet for the first time and spend together a couple of hours, we speak, drink tea and I press the button. But I have photos which I did in the street with strangers. It is a project "On early days" -a selection of straight portraits of young people.
Which artist would you like to work with?
I have enough information from the pictures and images.
But I want to meet with Alec Soth and ask him about his "carpenters career".
I try not to expect . I have some plans. I work and shoot. I want to publish a book with portraits, do some exhibitions. I need this to finish this part of my photo practice.
It is interesting to see how my life change by the "game of photography". I try to be honest and take photos that I want, love and need. In 2013 my approach to photography start to change. I feel that I don't want to take portraits or need to change my method of shooting.
I find more powerful to understand how to tell stories, and how to connect text and image in most useful way.