Who else hangs carpets on the walls, and who replaces them with a photograph, how the Ukrainian photo market is developing, and also about a meditative photograph - all this was told by the Kiev photographer Alexander Nesterovsky.
The first time, Vyshgorod, has become something more
On my site in the "biography" section it is written that I started to be engaged in photography in 2009. It means a conscious occupation of photography. Before that, there was a hobby - a film, a bath, a red light. In 2009, I took the diptych of the ruined pier in Vyshgorod. Works almost immediately gained popularity, took part in exhibitions in Moscow, in London, were printed in popular photo magazines. Removing the ruins (now defunct pier), I realized that I get a lot of pleasure from photography, and a positive assessment of the viewer is an excellent incentive. From that moment the picture became for me something more than just fixing the moment, the picture for me became a creative process. I do not know who was the first buyer of my works. The first photo I sold left from the closed Kiev auction in 2011. By this time I already had several victories in photo contests, participation in collective exhibitions in Ukraine, publications in specialized literature, both here and abroad.
Frame in the head, Shaving sharpness, Instagram
I see the shot before I start shooting it. I find the object, I explore the location, I study the camera angles, I wait for the suitable conditions - in general, I look closely and form a frame in my head. This is a fairly long process. In order to get the expected result, I shot some shots for years. In photography everything depends on the purpose. You can take down and pinhole what you want, if you already have a frame in your head. For me, the technical characteristics of the camera are important, since I print works in a sufficiently large size (80x80 cm, 60x60 cm). In this case, the resolution and physical size of the photosensitive element play an important role. I like shaving sharpness in my works, when you can approach the photo closely and consider the smallest fragments. But I have no preferences in the manufacturers of cameras - the whole top line in Nikon, Canon, Hasselblad I think cool.
I am engaged in meditative photography (as I myself called it). Photographing non-standard objects, abstract landscapes, I focus on the atmosphere of the image, I try to reach and convey a certain mood of the frame. Most of my work is in square format. I like the average format of the film frame, as for me, this format is most suitable for my work.
Today, the square format of the frame probably conjures an association with Instagram. Yes, and I have a profile. Instagram, this is a social network, not only with photos of food and selfies, but a successful commercial site. One of my works is "The Hunter's Lodge. Autumn "(shot in Ukraine) in Instagram collected more than a million likes and about a hundred reposts, so it turns out I'm popularizing not only my work, I'm popularizing Ukraine.
I believe that the photo was successful if its viewing causes emotions, and the viewer, looking at work, sees for himself every time something new, something of his own.
Price category, dump of photos, google "photo exhibitions of Kiev"
In this sense, everything depends on the author's ambitions. First of all, my goal is the development of photography in our country. In the West, the culture of perception of artistic photography is much more developed. And that it received the same development in Ukraine, at the stage of formation of our domestic market, I am ready to adhere to the price category below the average European level. In order that the Ukrainian spectator could afford to buy a photograph, get used to the fact that photography, rather than carpets, serves to decorate the interior.
Today, the photo market in Ukraine is rather fragmented, and basically my works are not sold here. After a surge in the activity of the photo market in 2005-2008, there was a decline, the number of exhibitions was reduced, photojournals were closed, but now the period of stabilization and restoration began.
Portfolio exhibitions, which were attended by my work, consists of approximately 15-20. I can say that at exhibitions everything depends on the curator. If the curator is busy with the exhibition, then it will be interesting, wherever it goes. You can do it cool in a 9x12 room, but you can shoot a large gallery, hang out somehow work of different formats and turn it into a photo dump.
Without a doubt, we have good curators and excellent galleries. If you google "photo exhibitions of Kiev", you can find at least 5, which are currently in force. You can visit and draw conclusions yourself. For example, I like some kind of chamber galleries, where a person feels closer to the photo. But here for the popularization of photography, holding mass exhibitions, photo biennials, of course, better fit large spaces.
BBC, People's Friendship Arch, Republic of Guinea
It was a surprise to me when my British friends called and told me about the news on the BBC about me [Alexandra's photo was included in the top 15 best photos of the international competition for architectural photography The Art of Building]. I, honestly, forgot absolutely, about sending work there. Repots in social networks and news The Air Force automatically picked up and our media. Thanks to this, a picture with a view of Kiev in the final of the prestigious British competition got a resonance, and now one of the most popular of my works is the "Friendship of Peoples Arch". Although I removed this work in 2010, and it was repeatedly presented at exhibitions in Kiev. In the end, it turns out that until you achieve some visible results abroad (I'm talking about victories in competitions, participation in exhibitions), you stubbornly do not see and do not want to notice.
In 2012 at the invitation of philanthropists and with the assistance of the government, I flew to Africa to shoot an album with views of the Republic of Guinea. As a result, it turned out to be an immigration project rather than a commercial one. Tropical Africa is, of course, good, but at home it's better.
Industrial sketches, photobook, carpets
Now one of my main projects is a series of urban and industrial sketches "Kiev Laconic". The main purpose of creating a series is to show the viewer how the simplicity of geometric architectural forms and lines can create harmony. And despite the fact that the structures are made of metal and concrete, they are very easy to perceive, and monochrome color and minimalistic plot help to convey calmness and purity, create a meditative and easily understood picture. I want to issue a series of these works in a photobook. It will be a unique photo album - so the viewer has not seen Kyiv yet.
Tendencies of Ukrainian photography are a difficult question for me. We need new faces that will not be repeated and taken out of epatage. And we also have a lot of people who think they are photographers. Previously, a photographer could be someone who had a camera. Now, thanks to the phone in hand, and affordable photographic equipment in general, photographers have become very much. Therefore, it is difficult to find really talented authors in this mass. We have cool photographers in the genre of advertising, fashion, documentary photography. I'm from the sphere of an artistic photo, where everything is more complicated. This genre is not so popular yet. People are not used to decorating their interiors with photography. We have not completely abandoned servings and carpets.
Recorded by Vlad Podolskaya for 5.6Store