Victoria Ivanova: I try to make something unusual
How did you get introduced to photography?
I have always loved paintings and photos. I have also always wanted to show my friends all the beautiful places that I had seen and the things that had impressed me.
Russians often say: “It is much better to see something once than to hear about it even 7 times”. Photography helps me to do this. And to express myself.
Are there any photographers that have inspired you, or that you feel have really influenced your work?
My favorite photographers are Chema Madoz, Vlad Artazov and Constantin Voronov. They make amazing conceptual photos and beautiful sill life pictures. They are absolutely great. I really love their way of creating a new world and telling a story. Almost all their photos inspire me. Many other photographers also inspire me, but these three are my absolute favorites.
What subject is your favorite to shoot or inspires you more?
I love making still life photos. Pears, chess figures, wooden pegs, paper boats and other objects help me to tell a story. And, of course, I enjoy making portraits of little children.
How would you describe your style or vision for taking photos?
I think that I can call my style “creative”. I try to make something unusual.
What are some elements by which you judge a good photo?
A photo should evoke emotions and tell a story.
When you photograph, do you have a theme in mind?
Yes, of course. I even make some sketches before making a photo.
Can you tell us about your editing process as well as what some of your favorite techniques are?
To tell the truth, I do not have any favorite techniques in editing photos. I use Photoshop and Digital Photo Professional programs. I have a favorite technique in setting the light for still life photos. This technique is the light brush. I love working with the light brush in a dark studio.
What kind of equipment do you use? What is your favorite walkaround lens?
I use Canon. My favorite lens for still life photos and portraits is 50mm ¼. I also love 70-200 for animal photos and 17-40 for landscapes.
Thanks so much for your time, is there anything else that you would like to add or share?
I would like to wish everybody good luck and wonderful photos!
Masterpieces from the photographer Victoria Ivanova