Edited by Odeta Catana, photography editor
Could you tell us a few words about yourself?
I’m from Russia, Moscow, 22 years old. I’m an analogue photographer and I like some experiments with double exposition and making self portraits. Nude and body are my love. I’m inspired by Francesca Woodman.
How did you start taking photos?
I started shooting 5 or 6 years ago and yes! I found my father’s camera Zenit. The first 5 films I broke and I shoot everything I saw.
How important do you think is school in photography?
I don’t think that it’s important to follow a school; everyone has his own way in art photography. Sometimes it’s interesting to make something like that but it may mislead. It’s difficult for me to judge this because I have drawn from the childhood and I have my own way. I’m not very good at this but I will develop.
Where do you find inspiration for your photos?
My inspiration comes from the light and nature. And the first thought I have is “I want to draw it”. I like “broken” shots, because they are so mysterious and scenic and sometimes I stand them on paper.
What is important for you in a portrait?
In a portrait I like a moment of movement. But I’m searching my way in it now. It should be a portrait, but not a photo of face.
What kind of relationship do you have with your subject when you shoot?
Almost always I shoot myself, I have a small experience of shooting other people, but always they are my friends. I try to do it gently.
What’s your photo-mission?
For me, the main thing is that I’m always learning. Regardless time or place. I’m learning to feel, to avoid imposed stereotypes, to explore the world and to be constantly alive. I’m learning to accept the world sharply, in contrast, discarding excess. I’m learning to create, develop, to do pure art.