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Interview With Uliana Kharinova – Winner of The Fine Art Category at BW Child 2018 Photo Competition

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Meet Uliana Kharinova! She is a Russian photographer who participates in B&W Child Photo Competition for years and always leaves a huge impression on the judges!

Q: Dear Uliana, you again took part in our competition and again became the winner in Fine Art Category! Congrats! How does it feel to be one of the best on B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION?

A: This is incredible! I am very glad I took 1st Place. Every time, It’s very exciting to wait for the announcement of the result.

Q: You know, we can’t wait to find out more about your winning photo! Can you tell us more about the concept and idea of ​​this photo?

A: There wasn’t any special concept. I just really wanted to try the multi-exposure function on the new camera. But when I looked at the result, I understood that the photograph was exactly that! There are always many faces in each of us: we behave differently in different situations. Sometimes, we are cheerful, sometimes we are sad – many faces of the same person.

Interview with Uliana Kharinova
“Many Faces” by Uliana Kharinova – 1st Place in The Fine Art Category at B&W Child 2018 Photo Competition

Q: Could you share with us your most unusual / scary / awkward or most exciting moment since you became a photographer?

A: Ohhhh…There were a lot of awkward moments or rather funny ones. I fell into the water and I was soaking wet, in my pursuit of the best angle. My clothes were torn in uncomfortable places. Once I surprised the models on the photo shoot, who were not ready for the fact that they would have to put me down from the tree. I was able to climbe, but I needed a help to come down.

And also, when I come to photographing models in their house, I constantly make them rearrange the furniture. There was not a single photoshoot in which I didn’t move the furniture.

Interview with Russian photographer Uliana Kharinova
“Lena” by Uliana Kharinova – Nominee in The Portrait Category at B&W Child 2018 Photo Competition

Q: Can you tell us more about your workflow? How much time do you spend on working with clients and how much time do you devote to your personal art projects and why are they important to you?

A: When it comes to actual photo shoots, I spend a different amount of time with each model or client. I am able to finish some photoshoots within one hour, while for some others it takes 3-4h or even more. It all depends on the model and how quickly I can find a connection.

Unfortunately, it has turned out to be very little time lately for my personal art projects. Recently, I started my online course about portrait photography and all my time and energy went there.

But meanwhile, I did not cease to put my ideas into life. I am constantly experimenting, looking for something new. Without experimentation, work is boring and not interesting!

Q: From your point of view, what makes a good picture?

A: A good frame makes a combination of many factors: light, color, composition, but the main thing for me personally is the understanding and acceptance of the model, its mood.

Q: Currently, almost everyone has access to devices with which you can take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other amateur photographer?

A: Yes, I agree. Now everyone has the opportunity to take a photo by themselves. Smartphones, tablets, action cameras – all these devices help you to take hundreds and thousands of photos.

The difference between an amateur and a professional, in my opinion, is that the professional sees which frame will be remembered by the viewer and remain in the memory.

“Kate” by Uliana Kharinova – Honorable Mention in The Portrait Category at B&W Child 2018 Photo Competition

Q: What do you think is the most important thing to consider when shooting portraits and fine art?

A: In my opinion, this is an understanding of the model. As practice shows, interesting shots can be created in absolutely any light, with simple composition. But if your model does not believe you, and if the model is not open – a good frame is very difficult to obtain. But it is still important to think outside the box. You can not force yourself in certain patterns. They ruin creativity.

Q: You have become more active on Instagram. Can you share your experience with this social network?

A: Oh, my activity has become a little higher, but far from ideal! Rather, instagram for me is the online gallery of my work.

Interview with Uliana Kharinova from Russia
“Lena in the village” by Uliana Kharinova – Nominee in The Lifestyle Category at B&W Child 2018 Photo Competition

Q: Has something changed in your career or work process since our last interview?

A: Yes, as I mentioned above, I started an online portrait course and hold workshops and master classes for colleagues. It is very important for me to share my knowledge. I also began to talk much more about the methods of processing black and white photographs. Now I am finally recording a video lesson in English.

“Half Empty, Half Full” by Uliana Kharinova – 2nd Place in The Portrait Category in The 1st Half of B&W Child 2018 Photo Competition

When it comes to creating my photographs, what really changed is that I started experimenting with a very different lightenign.

Q: What do you think about your opponents in the 2nd half of the competition?

A: They are all incredibly talented and strong! Their work is fascinating. They make you come back to them again and again. Every single time, I wonder how difficult imust be for judges to make a final choice!

Q: Can you tell us which photos are your favorite in the second half of the B&W CHILD 2018 PHOTO COMPETITION?

A: I really liked the photo of “Sisters Leida And Laelle” by Tati Itat, Brazil. It’s phenomenal!

The photo “Feeling Of Rain” by Elena Litvinova-Lapushkina, Spain. I know Lena personally, she is very talented!

I really like the work of “Turtle for mother of the world” by Julia Barskaya, Russia. Such an interesting perspective. Great!

I remember the photo “Gymnastics” by Marta Szyszka, Poland. I love such puzzles and reflections!

A wonderful moment in the photo “Dad Ball” by Justen Jr, Brazil. The moment that is captured is priceless!

I liked the work of “Smile through tears” by Kamila Celary-Kmiecik, Poland. Wonderful and technically interesting solution!

Photo with the ball “World in Bubble” by Karolina Piorkowska, Poland.

The non-standard idea of ​​shooting newborns in “Life” by Xianyong He, China. Need to take note!

Photo “Poor Girl” by Weiling Xiao, China. An interesting street portrait!

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