Born: St. Petersburg, Russia. 1985.
Residence: Brooklyn, New York City.
Photography entered my life in my early teens. It all began with an internship at a photo-lab that spanned a summer’s length. I was just thirteen then, and though I didn’t fully comprehend what I was getting myself into, I felt motivated to experiment and see where the experience would take me. It was because everyone in my family made the most of their creativity that I was encouraged to explore my own.
From processing film to making contact sheets, I learned so many darkroom services in those days, but the full wealth of that experience didn’t become evident for me until starting college, many years later, where I took my first creative photography course and began expressing myself through the medium.
Being in a darkroom again brought back a comfort that I rarely felt elsewhere, and from that moment on I was hooked.
What I find so inspirational behind the work of street photographers is their ability to pull the unexpected from the common; picking up on the dynamism that lies in places I would normally fail to see, and in-turn making me pay more attention to my surroundings.
I love observing people, but I’m less interested in their immediate presence than the one echoed through the remnants of their leavings. So, on quiet streets is where my senses really thrive.
Always when I least expect it. Each day begins and ends with having the right camera at the right moment.
Pictures are my voice of preference; I’ve always found strength in them for communicating my thoughts, values, and ideas. This world is far too important not to share it with others, and, over the years, my continued source of motivation has been all the profound bonds made along the way.