Q: Dear Andrey, how does it feel winning the CPC Portrait Awards?
A: I was very pleased and honored!
Q: Can you tell us more about the winning photograph and the model?
A: I am the godfather of the girl on the photo and for her it was a unique experience to stand in front of my Camera.
Q: Can you please tell us more about yourself? When and where you were born and raised? What’s your education background? Anything you would like to share with us.
A: I am of Russian origin and for over ten years, I am living in Germany. In Moscow I began to study classic guitar and continued later in Duesseldorf, where I received a Masters degree.
Q: When did you start photography?
A: After a few years practicing guitar music in various formations, I found myself experimenting in photography. After receiving the first encouraging reactions, I decided to invest more time and energy into the Art of Photography.
Q: You are one of the rare photographers who is active in many different genres of photography, some of them are quite opposite! You are doing portraits, but also architecture. How so? J
A: I was always fascinated by the genre of Portraits, however I never neglected the other genres I was interested in. Thanks to my special friends of the photo community “Fotokolleg” in Duesseldorf and “photo walks” across the city with them, I was able to make many interesting architectural shots.
Q: Did you expect to win our monthly contest? Do you have a favourite photograph from October monthly contest?
A: When I sent the Photographs, I was of course hoping to get to the final selection. But it was still a big surprise to see me as a winner. I liked very much the photo works from Nathani de Groen, Iris Valentina, Carmen Pascual Soler and Anna Arvidsson.
Q: What do you think of “opponents” in CPC Portrait Awards, October 2019?
A: Most of the artists are very talented and I received many inspiration and inputs for my future Artworks.
Q: We are witnessing the rise of child photography, there are so many new photographers in this genre. What do you think about the current scene of child photography?
A: Today, the child photography scene has developed into a huge market; to my mind, the artistic aspect is receding to second place.
Q: Why photography?
A: I love the art of painting, but unfortunately I cannot paint. That is why I make photos.
Q: The process of selecting photographs after shooting is sometimes crucial. How do you choose the photos you’re going to edit? Do you go with a feeling or you tend to analyse the photographs in detail?
A: When I am sorting the shots, I tend to analyse the composition and the details, and my wife- who is also an artist- adds the female touch.
Q: Who are the photographers you look up to?
A: I look up to: Dmitry Ageev, Ilya Rashap, Dmitriy Rogozhkin and Laurent Dequick.
Q: What inspires you?
A: The art and music of the Renaissance period.
Q: What’s your weapon?
A: Canon 5d iii and lenses 24-70mm, 35mm and 14mm
Q: Do you have a quote you live by?
A: Do what you love to do and do it properly!
Q: In your opinion, why photographers should participate in quality photo contests?
A: It gives them new inputs, which activate the creative skills.
Q: What would be your advice for other photographers?
A: Most important is to dream and fantasize! Collect Ideas from films, books and music! Be inspired by masterful photographers! Create Artwork!