Sasha Favorov

Volgograd, Russia
When and why did you take camera for the first time?

Perhaps it happened accidently. I don’t remember exactly but I’m sure there was nothing serious or long-term in my head at that time.

You have been taking up photography for four years – what have you achieved by now?

My greatest achievement is an opportunity to earn money so that I can live independently. This in turn helps me to continue my creative search and develop for my own pleasure. In two words 4 years with camera have helped me to grow up and to find my place.

Being self-taught photographer, do you feel a lack of art education? Is it necessary to have an education to be a photographer?

You need comprehensive education anyway, for your own sake. But in practice it is a rare thing for photographer to need one. Sometimes I want to have an education to implement some of my technical ideas. I hope I will get an education someday.

See more
{dich}Egoism is the main thing. I take a photo if I like something. I don’t take photo if I don’t like what I see. {/dich}
Do you have any authoritative authors or guides?

I like Guy Bourdin.

Your works are very laconic and even uncontaminated compared to others. When you’re processing photograps you’re almost clearing reality out of it – what causes such creative strategy? Do you think about changing your sphere to illustration where you don’t need to correct picture defects with retouch?

This strategy is caused by theme. I like to play in laboratory with minimal presence of reality. I can’t part with this psychologically because I find work to be unfinished. I can’t go in for illustration technically and I try to pay less attention to processing every time. Ideally, I want to minimize it and try to save that purity. In any case that is my guideline.

See more
{dich}I blend, move, break, paint, change them till there is some connection that intrigues me; and then I begin to elaborate it.{/dich}
What is the spirit of your works? Can you attribute your works to social criticism or is it just your personal experiences? Or maybe is it a «product» with combination of forms and colors?

Combination of colors and forms play defining role for me: it looks like due to it my works are ironic despite an absence of concreteness. I like to create feelings, not just a photo but installations which I think through, combine, capture and then destroy.  I try to recreate pictures that have some kind of personal, metaphysical feeling, association. This is a game between objects, when familiar connections break down and new ones begin to form.

How do you create your metaphors?

Usually I am focusing on shapes of objects, their colors and textures; real purpose of thing does not play any role for me. Mostly these objects are not just attractive to me but also carry some association or illusion and give me a push. I take objects and blend, move, break, paint, change them intuitively till there is some connection that intrigues me; and then I begin to elaborate it. Sometimes I work according to a plan that I make beforehand but usually objects begin to act in a different way in frame and the result is completely different too.

See more
{dich}I want to photograph something cruel, depressive, dirty. By and large, I wanted to start with it initially. But something went wrong.{/dich}
You’re shifting the focus from object to model in some of your photos – can we consider it as a move towards portraits or fashion photography? Do you have any plans to create complete concept? Are there any themes that excite you?

I don’t think I’ll be interested in fashion. However, I would enjoy making portraits for sure, but not traditional portraits. I want to photograph something cruel, depressive and dirty. By and large, I wanted to start with it initially. But something went wrong. Speaking of complete concept – I have some materials, but I don’t find it to be ready yet.

What thing do you find to be main in your work? What are your greatest aims?

Egoism is the main thing. I take a photo if I like something. I don’t take photo if I don’t like what I see. I am trying to develop my style into something more personal and matching to my sense of life.

See more:

TUMBLR

INSTAGRAM

VK

 

Share
Upstairs