Bogdan Gulyay (born 1980, Ukraine) work mostly in classic black and white silver gelatin technique. His latest series are a mixed media with black and white photos, manually painted with acrylic and oil paints. He also make multimedia slideshows from his photographs. His interests in photography are very wide, from portraits to sport, from nude to landscapes.
– How and when did you become interested in photography?
I started doing photography, if we a talking about serious approach, in 2010. But I got my first camera in 1992 and it was amazing. Black and white process had caught me forever and ever.
– Is there any artist/photographer who inspired your art?
A lot of photographers and artists. Nobuyoshi Araki, Helmut Newton, Jan Saudek, Roman Pyatkowka, van Gogh and more. I watch a lot of artists and try to be up to date.
– Why do you work in black and white rather than colour?
I prefer to do everything on my own. As it`s not a documentary photography, I don`t need to be fast and use a digital camera. But when I do all process by hands, starting from putting a roll of film inside a camera and finishing with pulling a wet print out of a developing tray it makes my photos more close to me, more intimate. And I hope that my viewers can feel this intimacy.
– How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph/series of photographs?
It depends. I can write a brief plan for tomorrow shooting in 15 minutes in the evening. Or I can make a project for 1.5 years, including a year of shooting.
– Where is your photography going? What projects would you like to accomplish?
I always wanted to show in my photographs that a human is the greatest creation in the universe. But I still don`t know how to do it.