Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Interview with See7 - Andrew Kalashnikov

This my interview I had with See7 Magazine recently. You can read it on their website.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a young Russian photographer. Art is the thing that drives me.

The coloring in your work is very subtle, is that something that happens during the shoot, or part of post-production?

It’s all in the post-production process, I suppose.  It’s a very important thing that can save even a bad photo shoot.

There is a softness and edginess in your work, which gives your images a kind of energy. How do you achieve this juxtaposition?

It may sound weird, but people said my first works were too static.  With every new project, I have tried to improve that.  I often achieve that by jumping and running with models.

How does living and working in Russia effect your work?

I was asked this question few times this year.  Life in Russia effects my work the same as all artists are influenced by their surroundings. The field of commercial photography is still developing here, but it’s still really difficult for a young photographer to make a career of it in Russia.  Also, it’s not the best place at all to become a photographer.  There are a lot of things to complain about, but to improve as well.  I am not discouraged.  Despite being exhausted, I really enjoy all of the days I spend on a shoot.

What’s next for you?

To accomplish my new goals.  I think it’s only in 2013 that my photography is really starting to make sense.  My new editorial is starting to come together and is more cinematic.