Uliana Kharinova was one of those photographers in the Second Half of B&W CHILD 2015 Photo Competition whose work left in awe our judges. She won the 1st Place in The Fine Art Category and $100 Cash Award, plus 3 honorable mentions in the most popular category: portrait photography. This is interview with Uliana Kharinova, emerging and highly talented Russian photographer!
Q: Dear Uliana, first of all we want to congratulate one more time for achieving incredible success on B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION 2015! In the Second Half of The Contest, you won the 1st place in The Fine Art Category and numerous honorable mentions. In one word, your work was truly noticed by our judging panel. Did you expect this?
A: Hello! I didn’t expect to be a winner, but to be listed among the finalists – yes!
Q: We are so happy to have you here and find out more about you and your work. Can you tell us more about you? How old are you? Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
A: I am also very happy! I’m 29, almost 30 years old. I was born and raised in Russia, in the small town of Kirov. I am married, I have three children – two girls and a boy. By the way, my main model and muse is my oldest daughter Diana. When inspiration hits, primarily she is the one who suffers from my ideas 🙂 I Photograph from 2012, that’s when I took my first SLR camera and took my first photographs. Nobody is fond of photography in my family, I do not even know how to develop film in the red room. I hope to try it soon!
Q: Can you tell us more about your winning photograph “Rose”? What’s the story behind this photograph?
A: I wanted to express something unusual, something about children and flowers. Once again, victim of my inspiration once again was my oldest daughter Diana. I wanted to show the beauty of flowers and children.
Q: Do you like to travel? What’s your favorite place?
A: Unfortunately, a lot of traveling is not obtained for a variety of reasons. But we often go out to the countryside, 50-100 km away from our home. We explore and enjoy corners of nature, away from people where is so peaceful and quiet. It’s very inspiring!
Q: What kind of music do you enjoy the most?
A: I like different styles of music: classical, jazz, Club House, Deep House. It all depends on mood! I have a musical education in piano. For a while, I haven’t play any instrument, but i listen to music a lot!
Q: Who are some photographers that you admire?
A: I really like the work of Russian photographer Elena Gromova-Kal`minskaya, she also participated in your competition B&W CHILD 2015. I love Portraits and Fine Art by photographer Paul Apalkina and Elliott Erwitt, of course. I love Victoria Ivanova still life photographs. I am inspired with photographs of different authors who re specialized in different fields.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Children, nature, music, attitude, movie – life!
Q: Where did you learn photography? Do you have a formal education in photography?
A: I started studying at one of the online photography school in Russia, but passed only 1 homework. After that I started studying on my own: I watched and studied countless photographs, I photographed a lot and I discarded over 1000 photographs, I read a lot about photography. I probably read and watched about photography everything that is available on Internet. I like to look at photograph for a long time and disassemble, analyze the work I like. As they say, I got hooked! This turned out to be my “formal photographic education”. But I’m always open for development, improvement. This summer I attended the creative workshop summer studying at the creative workshop (Marusina Workshop) and it was great!
Q: What equipment do you use?
A: I photograph with Canon 5D Mark II and I use lenses: Canon 85 1.2 A and 1.4 A Canon 35. There is an old Soviet Helios 44 2-M, but I took it off not long time ago.
Q: Do you edit your photographs in Photoshop or Lightroom?
A: I convert my photos into Ligntroom and final color correction or transfer to black and white variants I do in Photoshop.
Q: Do you work with clients too? Did you enter the business side of photography?
A: Yes, I am shooting for clients too. This is my small income.
Q: Your work has a fine art quality. That being said, it’s not surprising we see your success in photography competitions like B&W CHILD. Do you also showcase your work in art galleries?
Q: What’s the photography market like in Russsia?
A: I’d say that photography market in Russia is still very young and in a making.
Q: In your opinion, why is so important for photographers to enter quality photography competitions?
A: In my opinion, photo competitions are pushing for development and self-improvement! And if you do not have in the portfolio of work you would like to submit, it’s an additional incentive to create it and make a step forward in your work.
Q: What would be your message to other photographers?
A: I wish you creative flight, the wildest imagination and inspiration. Shoot what you love. Believe in yourself!
B&W CHILD 2016 – 3rd Annual International Photo Contest in B&W Child Photography is open for submissions. ENTER HERE.