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Interview With Natalia Matafonova – The Winner of The Fine Art Category at B&W Child 2018

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Q: Dear Natali, huge congrats on Winning The Fine Art Category at B&W CHILD 2018! How did you feel when you find out that you are the winner?

A: Thank you a lot! For me, this victory was a complete surprise and I thank the jury for choosing my photo from a large number of applicants. I am really happy!

Q: We are looking forward to hearing how did you create this photograph?

A: I came to visit my mother. My niece was with my mother at that time. Mom plaited her braids and I got the idea of this photo. I wanted to emphasize the hands of my grandmother in the photo. I think I did it.

Interview with Natalia Matafonova
“Grandmother’s hands” by Natalia Matafonova, Russia | 1st Place in The Fine Art Category at B&W CHILD 2018 PHOTO COMPETITION

 

Q: Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?

A: My vision in photography was influenced by such photographers as Annie Leibovitz, Vivian Maier, Lillian Bassman, Diane Arbus, Allen Liboil, Peter Lindbergh, Antanas Sutkus. But perhaps most of all, I want to mention Soviet film director Andrei Tarkovsky. Each of these photographers has a special vision in photography that makes them different from each other. That’s what I learn from them: to shoot as I see it.

Interview with Natalia Matafonova

HONORABLE MENTION-“Looking glass” by Natalia Matafonova, Russia

 

Q: What inspires you?

A: I find inspiration in many things, for example, in films, music, books.

Interview with Natalia Matafonova
“Egor”” by Natalia Matafonova | NOMINEE in B&W CHILD 2018 PHOTO COMPETITION

 

Q: How often do you take photos? Is an everyday routine or the result of inspirational rush?

A: All my creative photos are, of course, the result of inspiration. But to realize their ideas, I take photos a lot, honing the various techniques that I may need to achieve the desired result.

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Q: How you ended up being a photographer?

A: I graduated from the university with a degree in economics. I accidentally started taking pictures. My friends went to study photography courses and called me with them. After graduating, I realized that I want to be a photographer and achieve a high level in this craft.

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Q: What equipment do you use?

A: I take photos with Canon technology. In my arsenal, the 5D Mark III camera and lenses with a focal length of 35 mm, 50 mm and 24-105 mm.

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Q: What are you trying to convey with your work?

A: I want to say with my photos that in our everyday life you can see and capture a lot of amazing moments that make the viewer look at the photo from the other side, another perspective. And I try to show these moments as I see them.

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Q: How do you learn?

A: I take a lot of pictures and read. I look at pictures of famous artists and try to apply the techniques that they use in their works. Also, I look at photos of various authors and analyze shots that I like the most.

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Q: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

A: How to learn to shoot photos that will attract the attention of the viewer.

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Q: Can you list us some of your favorite and most memorable photographs from The 1st Half of B&W CHILD 2018 Photo Competition?

A: I like a lot of photographers involved in the competition, but I want to mention a few people whose photos I watch with special attention Martha Szyszka, Ulyana Kharinova, Helen Whittle, Marina Kazakova, Marcel Kolacek, Jayme Ford, Lee Jeffries.

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Q: What would be your advice to other photographers?

A: Be true to yourself and shoot what is the soul of each of them.

 

 

 

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