I would say it is something bigger than both, probably, it is some feeling of yourself, some internal condition that could not be separated from self-awareness.
Perhaps, it began with short-stories writing, then verbal images called for visual embodiment. So I got desire to create stills that contained the whole story similar to a dream. Key role, in my opinion, belongs to my love to cinema, painting and music. When everything coincided I had realized that it was only photography that could help me to express something important and it was photography that combined everything I was inspired with.
Artistic stills with spirit of cinematic, melancholy, unexplored memory, and undiscovered dreams. For me these are always fragments of imaginary reality with references to everything I am inspired with: music variations, particular movies, pictures and random (if they can be so) surrounding images.
Often I can hardly select music that could match certain still, but music is very important for me, and if I choose genre I would prefer something from post-punk music – meditative minor melodies with deep voice.
As usual I try to find tints that most precisely comply with the image after the shooting. Also I stand in awe of b&w. I do like to keep pictures in monochrome variant. Earlier I did mostly like that, and then I found colour variations appeared to be also close to me.
I have collected mini-wardrobe due to constant searches of clothes for shootings of different kinds. Often I ask a model if he or she has a variant needed for certain image. Very interesting clothes (including vintage, which is so needed often) can be found in second-hands so I often visit such shops.
Yes, the model who embodies important desired image can be named a muse. Generally I find my model through social network, it is very convenient, and I am happy to have such an opportunity.
I am interested in faces with fairy peculiarities (for example, freckles, quite thin constitution, beautiful hands, texturized profile, long hair with natural colour), in faces that plunge me into antiquity and Pre-Raphaelite paintings spirit, as well as “incorrect” non-standard faces. I also like impersonalized stills. They create some special feeling of unreality.
I think it is important for everybody who posts his or her photographs in various publics pages and social networks, though their attitude to appreciation may be indifferent. I know people who like my works and it is very important for me, though it is also valuable to get sincere pleasant feedback from any photographer whose works are close to me.
My first work was accepted there about year ago. PhotoVogue is a very inspirable event. This project helps to look at your works with a fresh eye first of all, and to get continuous inspiration.
I am sure that there is no such need. In this business another thing is important – internal feeling, some artistic intuition that exists by itself and conducts an artist, though there is also virtu which you should develop and nurture with all this beauty around you.
I do like movies by Bergman and Lynch, and “Picnic at Hanging Rock” by Peter Weir seems to have affected series of my works, it has also inspired one of the series called “Frozen words”. Under the terms of contest I was to make photographs based on any movie, I had chosen “Picnic…” and had interpreted its appearance while saving the spirit.
I am very close to creativity in various spheres. I like music (particularly singing), drawing, cinema, art of perfumery, literature. Perhaps I could find myself in one of these spheres if I wasn’t a photographer. And I am very happy that photography exists in this world.