Q: Hi, Ekaterina! First of all, congratulations on Winning the 1st Place in The Portrait Category of B&W Child Photo Competition! Can you start off by telling us a little about yourself?
A: Great news! Thank you so much! Ok, I am a freelance documentary photographer, based in St. Petersburg. I graduated press photography at St. Petersburg Galperin Photofaculty of Journalist Union. I used to photograph news and events for the local media, before the birth of my son.
Q: How do you feel like as the winner of the Portrait Category?
A: I’m very glad to see my photograph as finalist.
Q: So, could you tell us the story behind your winning photograph?
This photograph was taken in Crimea. We spent time in old hamlet house. It was a sunny day and my friend’s kid woke up after a nap. She started playing with the curtains, waiting for her mom and i captured this beautiful candid moment.
Q: How does your degree in journalistic affect your photography? Would you describe your approach to making art more documentary than pre-planned?
A: It makes photography focused on real life situations. Ordinary incidents of daily life attract my attention. While shooting children I also have documentary approach. It is interesting to capture instant, candid moments of childhood.
Q: When did you start doing photography?
A: About 8-9 years ago.
Q: Do you participate regularly on photography competitions?
A: Not often, maybe twice a year.
Q: Why photographers you participate in high quality competitions?
A: I think, it is an excellent form of communication and information exchange.
Q: Where do you seek inspiration?
A: From nature, paintings I see in museums, cinema and so on.
Q: What cameras and lenses can be found in your gear bag?
A: Canon EOS, lenses 35 mm and 70 mm
Q: How does one grow in photography? What are the steps that one must follow in order to become better photographer?
A: It seems that each of us should find our own path, look around, be alert and aware, always study and practice photography.
Q: What is the best advice on photography you’ve ever received?
A: Make photography with your feelings.
Q: If you hadn’t won the Portrait Category, who would have won it? What are your personal favorites from the B&W CHILD 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION?
A: “Shadow boy” Monika Strzelecka, Poland