Aleksey Bobyliov is a talented photographer born and raised in Chernihiv, a historic city in northern Ukraine. At 17, Aleksey came to Kyiv to study at the university. Aleksey started his career as a photographer in the capital of Ukraine, and today, he’ll tell us about his brightest art projects and share his thoughts about photo art. It was a great pleasure for us to take an interview with Aleksey Bobyliov, and we wish you a pleasant reading and viewing of Aleksey Bobyliov’s photography.
AP: Hi Aleksey, thank you for coming out. We are delighted to see you here and hope you’ll enjoy our questions. Tell us about the first steps you made in photography. Could you please describe the first pictures you took?
Aleksey: Photography is a different story and a page in my life that, I think, will be lasting for a long time from now. Everything got started when I found an old Zenit ET photo camera. The camera was lying in the attic. I remember the time when I took out a film from the camera and lit it as I was trying to show the film by myself.
AP: Good start, I think. And what happened next? Could you please tell our readers about your first shots taken with a digital camera?
Aleksey: In the spring of 2010, I realized that my passion for photography had risen, resulting in some interesting photos. I could buy my first single-lens reflex (SLR) camera at that moment. I had been collecting money for a long time to purchase it. The first shots were probably very usual: bugs, pets, relatives. The first photo project was devoted to the “Amélie” movie and its main heroine character, played by Audrey Tautou. We tried as much as possible to take realistic pictures.
AP: Was there someone or something that influenced your work or inspired you?
Aleksey: Inspiration… I would call it a creative insight. It comes suddenly when I talk with my friends, ride in the subway, listen to music, watch movies, etc. The biggest push for me was that few people believed I could become a photographer :(. But…Now I think I’ve succeeded! 🙂
AP: We are glad you didn’t listen to public opinion regarding your vocation. Well done! As a result, there are many of your great pictures to admire. Let’s talk about your professional style. Do you like working in some specific genre? Or do you prefer genre experiments?
Aleksey: I can say only one thing about genres… I enjoy taking pictures of people, their emotions, and their habits… I’ve always loved to look at people through the camera.
AP: And what are the best moments in the working process? How can you describe them?
Aleksey: Before a photo session, people seem to be constrained, modest, and irresolute, and during the photo session, they liberate emotions and start to behave as true top models.
AP: That’s a reasonable discovery! Let’s discuss the technical aspects of your job. What kind of equipment and techniques do you use?
Aleksey: At the moment, I use a Nikon D300. I also have various camera lenses, but the Nikon AF 85mm f./1.8D is my favorite one. As for the software, like all photographers, I use photo processing products from Adobe (Photoshop and Lightroom).
AP: We know you’ve had exciting art projects. Can you tell us about the ‘Funny Tutti Frutti’ project? Was it challenging to organize it? Were there any difficulties while preparing for it?
Aleksey: The first thought to organize the ‘Funny Tutti Frutti’ project appeared after watching the ads with fruits. There was a girl who was eagerly eating an orange. Later, I saw some ‘fruit photos’ by Cristina Otero. Thus, the idea to take funny fruit pictures was born. I had difficulty selecting models and finding an appropriate studio, and the day of shooting seemed to be difficult … The shooting itself lasted for 10 hours.
AP: I guess it was worth it. And what are your plans for the future? Are there any upcoming projects or events?
Aleksey: I am about to run a casting of models who will participate in the upcoming paint and chocolate sessions. And, of course, I will constantly work on my self-improvement!
AP: Could you please give a piece of advice for those who are trying to discover their talent and cultivate it?
Aleksey: Everyone comes to creativity in different ways. However, the essential thing is not to give up; you must develop your talent.
AP: Would you like to wish something to AstrumPeople readers?
Aleksey: I wish all people visited exhibitions and galleries frequently. 🙂
Aleksey, thank you for spending time with us and giving us the interview. Thank you for sharing such exciting experiences and thoughts about photography. We are sure your readers will find them helpful. We wish you constant development, great shots, and, of course, continued inspiration. Please visit his Facebook page to learn more about Aleksey Bobyliov’s photography.
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