Alex Halaydzhi was born in Simferopol (Crimea) and because of his fate’s willing he moved to Bila Tserkva city (Ukraine). After he finished a high school, Alex continued studying in Kyiv Polytechnical Insitute. After he graduated from the institute, Alex realized that the search for himself has not been finished yet. It was a pleasure for us to take the interview with Alex Halaydzhi who shared some interesting facts of his biography. We wish you a pleasant reading of Alex Halaydzhi success story and viewing of his emotional photography.
AP: When did you become interested in photography?
AH: I became interested in photography at the age of 22 years. It all started with the first amateur DSLR camera, and the first steps in the photographic art. Through trials and mistakes I learned basics of composition and exposure. There is an inspiration in all of us, the main is thing is to dig deep enough and make some efforts for development.
AP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?
AH: I studied independently.
AP: What genre are your works?
AH: Originally I started working in the portrait genre, because I believe that every human being is a separate world with its prejudices, emotions and feelings that you want to capture in RAW format. I prefer to work in this direction, because I believe that to reach any heights you should set a particular goal.
AP: How would you describe your works?
AH: Everyone has their own notions regarding originality and creativity. I think that I need to work hard and nobody judges my photos better than strangers, I think it will be the perfect feedback about originality.
AP: What kind of equipment do you use?
AH: I use Canon cameras, manual and automatic lenses, depending on the ideas and the way that I want to capture. I work in Photoshope CS3.
AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in this sphere?
AH: I do not consider myself a professional, rather – advanced amateur, because I have very critical attitude towards my creativity and pictures. I plan to continue development, through new ideas, techniques, literature, and master classes.
AP: What is your success formula? What do you do to reach your goals?
AH: I want to reach the photographer level who does not sit still, but constantly receives and works on clients’ orders by leaving a trail with wonderful photos. I participated in several local exhibitions, but do not think it’s a great achievement. The formula for success is persistence and direction to it, and of course the constant work.
AP: Is there someone who helps you in your creativity?
AH: I work with my chief assistant. My friends and colleagues supports and help me by sharing their experiences and practical advice.