Your Full Name
Tell us about you.
I’m photographer located in small russian town Voronezh. The mainstream of my work can be described as “chaotic” or “random”. I’m still searching for myself and actually I don’t want to find. I mean, if you are already somebody, you can’t become something else.
In your opinion, what would be the secret ingredients to become a great photographer?
It depends on what is meant by “great”, if it means famous and popular or it means the photographer, whose works will not leave anyone indifferent. For the first you need: Hasselblad H4D-60, studio with Profoto equipment, photo agent, business consultant, PR consultant, and about 3 generations of your family involved in art business, For the second you need: to see, imagination, irony, and camera (the type is not specified). But anyway that these is only mine subjective opinion. There can’t be universal receipt for everyone.
Where are you located?
What is the most fascinating part of being a photographer?
To share your vision and to get the response.
Where do you get inspirations from?
The world around, mass media, books, movies, etc.
Do you promote/ sell/ showcase your work? If so, how?
I have online portfolio and some accounts on the art communities. I also have Facebook page although I’m not very active there. Actually most of my work is not exposed anywhere, perhaps waiting of the right spectator.
If you have a long range goals in your life. What is it?
Not so long time ago I decided that the meaning of all my life is to live, not to exist, not to turn everything into routine.
What types of assignment/ project are you attracted the most? Why so?
I like the projects where you should do and control everything yourself from the very beginning. And if something is wrong you and only you is responsible for this. I don’t like the ambiguity that appears when you rely on others.
Who is a photographer that you look up to? Why so?
This question is really hard. I look up to about 200 persons. The list depends on time. People grow like artists, their work changes, my preferences changes => consequently the list of favorites changes. On this lifetime period I’d call William Wegman (the most original dog photography) and Harmony Nicolas (I just love her style).
Describe a difficult work/ project situation and how would you overcome it?
Once I’ve decided to make hairstyle from 13 sunflowers. I did it. And permanent challenge for me is self portraiture.
What do you think about the Internet and how it is affecting our lifestyle?
The internet is ok. Let it be.
If you could turn back time, how would you do things differently?
I thought about these for thousand times but I still don’t know what I would like to change.
How do you keep your work fresh? Do you need to consciously adapt your style or does it progress naturally?
There is always something new to try, so only thing I afraid of is that my life is to short to try everything. There is no such thing as stagnation in my creative activity.
Name 3 of your favorite (art) books/ magazines.
I do no read magazines, as for books:
“Der Golem” by Meyrink,
“La Comédie humaine” by Balzac,
All about Disk world by Pratchett.
What is your life motto?
Is “Homo homin lupus ert” ok? Sad but very often is true. Actually I ‘ve never thought about this.
In what kind of a work environment do you do your best work?
At home, with models I know well. The best is work that is done for myself.
What do you like the sound of?Why so?
The sound of sleeping baby chinchilla, it is the most peaceful sound I’ve ever heard.
If you have online portfolio, what is the URL?
My website is in progress, it will be ready in a month, but the URL is already known, it is armene.com At the moment some of my works are also available at armene.deviantart.com
When the price is this cheap, there is no reason for not having a website.
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See it yourself at http://www.ononano.com/ today.