How and when did you become interested in photography?
As a child I dabbled a bit with a photo and I was close to it. After graduation and some construction of my life, I wanted to do something for self-realization in art. Moreover, I have always been close to art. About 10 years I played in a rock band. My friend (photographer) Yuri Bonder has pushed me to the photography. Serious work began in 2002 with the purchase of the Hasselblad camera.
Is there any artist/photographer who inspired your art?
I think Helmut Newton affected the most. It was, and there are so many influences, but if you dig deeper, it`s Newton. Maybe, because I saw his picture first. Also, I can mention names like Howard Schatz, Alexander Rodchenko, Leni Riefenstahl, Craig Morey and some other names.
What is it about nude photography that interest you the most?
My favorite subject to shoot – a woman and nature. I like to photograph a self-assured subject, ones who’s comfortable sharing her beauty. I will say briefly, power and beauty.
How do you find the models to work on your projects?
Typically, these are my friends and girlfriends, then a girlfriends of my friends, then girlfriends of girlfriends of my friends, and again in a circle…. However, some of the girls come from the Internet.
Why do you work in black and white rather than colour?
I prefer black-and-white photo. I think, that have more freedom for idea. Color – a statement of fact, black and white, each will paint for itself.
How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph/series of photographs?
Typically, the plot comes suddenly and is associated with any past event, a new place, a new interior, object, books, etc. I write the ideas on a paper, I consider details. Sometimes two days, sometimes year. Then all that I try to photograph, and 50% of the cases is not that what it thought. But that does not mean worse. Often the opposite is better. But often does the idea is impracticable.
Sometimes photo turns out unexpectedly during shooting. But I always have a general plan of shooting and I know what I shall do.
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What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?
I continue to shoot and raise the ideas. I plan to do another book and e-book in addition. I want to do a shoot on a tropical island with white sand and blue water. Of course, I’ll take my beautiful girl to shoot her as a goddess.