"I believe that analog photography has a soul."
Tell us about yourself.
I'm now 29 years. :) I was first a journalist and the head of museum projects in Gorky Park in Moscow after. Yet, my true passion was always analog photography. In the autumn of 2016 I quit my job to be film photographer.
When and how did the film journey begin for you?
At university, where I studied journalism, I met my friends and we started to be interested in analog photography. I bought my first camera in 2008 and it was a Zenit.
What drives you to keep shooting film?
I believe that analog photography has a soul. I have a digital camera but I never liked the pictures that I took with it. All my friends and clients don't understand my passion before I shoot them with a film camera. After that they change their mind forever.
How did the first roll of fim come out?
I really liked the process but didn't like the result. :) A lot of photos were out of focus. Yet, I always tell people who just start using film cameras that you just need to practice a lot and things will get better after each film roll.
What do you focus on when shooting film and what inspires you?
People inspire me. I'm calling myself a human photographer. I'm really interested in human nature. I like to shoot shy people, I like to open up their beauty and show it to them. Every person is beautiful and for showing it I'm in love with every person I shoot. For me it's very important. Only love can express all beauty in people.
How do you see improving your technique or what do you want to learn more regarding film?
My favorite challenge is using new cameras. I was used to my Zenit and I didn’t want to try anything else for 5 years. One day, my uncle gave me the medium format camera Lubitel 2 and my world changed. After that, I tried many other cameras. Nowadays, I'm mostly using an Olympus OM-1 and a Pentacon Six TL. Nonetheless, the Zenit is still one of my favorite cameras despite all the problems that I can have with it. :)
If you were to choose one roll of film that would be the last roll you would shoot, ever, what would it be and why?
I'm in love with Fuji 400 Pro H. I used it 2 years ago for the first time and I still think it's the best film I can use to express all my creativity.
What do you think is the biggest misconception of other people when it comes to shooting film?
My mother was thinking many years that if I shoot film, it could only be black and white films. :) Many people think it's very hard to shoot film and it's not modern. They don't understand that film photography has something that digital can’t ever have: soul.