My love for photography emerged along with my passion for travelling. I was trying to seize any opportunity to see and learn something new about the world around us, and to share at least a few of my feelings through my pictures.
Like most 10-15-year-old boys, I used to experiment with photography by taking pictures of everything with my Smena and Zenit cameras. I would develop and print photos at home making my parents annoyed with the occupied bathroom and pictures all over the tiled walls. In 2001, I got back to this hobby thanks to a business trip to Magadan. I must admit I was not looking forward to going there as I was supposed to travel 1,000 km along former camps from Magadan northward to Omsukchan in extremely cold weather. Amazing scenery of those distant lands, incredible people, and the desire to share my impressions stirred my interest in photography again.
Since that very moment I have become passionate about independent travelling together with extreme sports. Photography, travelling, and sport have formed a sort of a life triangle, and photography is predominantly its base.
As for me, photography is not a profession. It is rather a way of life, a unique opportunity to share emotions, feelings, and mood by painting with light and catching shades with the viewfinder. In a sense, it is a meditation and perception of yourself as well as the world around you. To my mind, mastering the art of photography and learning to create balanced and correct – in terms of exposition and composition – photos is a matter of time, practice and persistence. My aim is to create photos that convey my emotions, feelings about a particular object, a place, or a situation, and to make the viewers rejoice or empathize. It is a tremendously difficult job and this is what I am striving for.