What other project are you particularly proud of?
With the photo series Emotion, I wanted to portray the models’ emotions. At first we donned them in garments specifically created for the shoot, but when I made the photos I realized the soul had gone lost through this approach. So I decided to re-do the shoot with naked models instead.
Do classic cars make an appearance in your work?
Once I made a project for a company that specializes in luxury fur and leather goods. I was asked to create 12 pictures for the brand’s new boutique in Sochi that was scheduled to open during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Models wearing superb crocodile leather and the finest Barguzin sable skins were posing in front of a stunning vintage car. The second time a vintage car appeared in my works was for a photo-shoot dedicated to my grandson’s second birthday. He is in love with cars so I created some kind of automobile life story.
What do you try to capture?
Emotions! If seeing my photos leaves you indifferent, I did something wrong.
How does making photos enrich you as a person and as a professional?
As it was mentioned before I work for a construction company, specialized in construction, development and real estate. Most people I work with see their work as their hobby. It’s rather dry and money-orientated if you like. Photography opened an entire new world for me. It truly enriched my life, meeting so many creative and culturally engaged people: architects, gallery owners, photographers, and artists. I’d say my life is saturated with the entire spectrum of colours now, not only the colour green of the Dollar note. As I see it, we work to live, not live to work.
Which artists do you look up to?
There are so many! Unfortunately photographers don’t usually have enough own funds to make great PR campaigns or to support their exhibitions. There is no culture to support photographers among philanthropists. A lot of young gifted men and women remain unknown, or work only for commercial projects.
Do you also collect art?
I have two huge libraries, one at home and one at the studio, stacked to floor to ceiling with books and albums of painters and photographers.