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Interview With alexgphoto

Fri Aug 23, 2013, 4:26 PM by TheGalleryOfEve:iconthegalleryofeve:
Interview with alexgphoto :iconalexgphoto:

Thank you for taking your time with the interview for AllArtSupport. :heart:

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: Hello Alex, please tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into the world of photography?

alexgphoto :bulletred: (Just to clarify any confusion – Alex is short for Alexandra :) )
I started taking pictures in 2012, about a year and a half ago.
Ever since early childhood, one of my favorite things to do was just observe – myself, nature, people and the interaction between them all – I’ve always found it fascinating to be a witness of everything that happens around me. Art, music and poetry have always been a part of my life as well and were a great inspiration. Until recently I used to draw a lot – at first trying to make the drawings as realistic as possible, then moving to a much more surreal point of view. During the recent years, I have developed an interest in photography while looking at other people's work of all types of media – never actually thought of trying it at the time – just enjoyed looking at beautiful works. Then came the iPhone with its camera, and I realized photography was a wonderful way to capture the beauty that I've always been witnessing around me. After a few months of this I finally got a DSLR. I learned my way around it quickly; there's an immense joy in being able to capture life's moments and then present them in the way they were seen through my own eyes.  

Flutter by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: What are the reasons you have made an account in DeviantART? What are your expectations?

alexgphoto :bulletred: I've been around DA pretty much since its early days, when I used to draw.  It has the most wonderful and supportive community I've ever seen online. I wanted to share my art with other artists and be a part of this community again – this is why I came back and opened a photography account. I have active profiles on several social/photo networks – such as Facebook, 500px, Tumblr, Flickr, and Pinterest. Although I am more active on Facebook (…), I find DA a completely unique network. There are so many talented people, and I love the fact one can find any type of media here; it is pure inspiration just to watch this amazing community in action – looking at people doing what they love, you can really feel the flow of ideas and creativity.

His Highness: The Cat by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: What artists of any media do you admire most?

alexgphoto :bulletred: I love watching other photographers' works. I admire the true masters of photography such as Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Yousuf Karsh, Robert Frank, Imogen Cunningham to name just a few. I also very much enjoy the works of modern photographers, such as Steve McCurry, Magdalena Wasiczek, Jacky Parker, Mitchell Kanashkevich, Mark Adamus, and many more.
In my own works, poetry is a great muse. The devotional poetry of such masters as Mirabai, Hafiz, Rumi; works by Rabindranath Tagore, E.E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver; Japanese Zen poets, such as – Basho, Ikkyu, Ryokan, Bassui; these and many, many more speak to me on a very intimate level and encourage to express myself through art.

Like an Open Book by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: What style of photography do you like most and why?

alexgphoto :bulletred: I enjoy exploring a wide range of styles: from nature, macro, and still life to fashion, street and portraiture. I never really look at the genre definitions, as these are just technicalities. To me, photography is poetry; it’s a language that allows me to express silence.

A Great Adventure is about to Begin by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: What is your equipment list and why have you chosen those particular things?

alexgphoto :bulletred: Good equipment is great to have but it is in no way a guarantee for better photos. I currently use a Canon EOS 60D, but I started out with a simple Canon 1000D and an 18-55 mm f/5.6 -kit lens. Photography is something you create through your inner vision and heart, not just the outside factors. Some of my best works were taken with this kit lens and camera, so it is never about the type of equipment you own – always about what you have within you. At the moment my lenses of choice are old, manual-focus screw-mount prime-lenses, such as the Helios 44-2 – an old, Russian lens, made for film cameras in the 70's. These lenses are completely manual, solidly built and quite sharp. Being prime lenses with manual focus they force me to rely completely on myself and much less on my camera, and to participate more in the shot:  choose where I stand more carefully, plan the composition better and think faster to capture a moment, etc. I also like the fixed focal length, which is a nice "challenge" to spark creativity, especially when it's the only lens I take with me on a photo-walk.  

If the Moon Had a Crown by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: Your photography subjects vary, since you shoot fauna, flora and humans, all with the same exceptional quality unique to alexgphoto. What are the challenges that each one of those subjects present, and how do you overcome that?

alexgphoto :bulletred: Well, to paraphrase a famous saying - the greatest challenge is to know when not to click the shutter.  The main challenge of working with any subject is to photograph it only when a connection is established. I must find this inner connection, a spark, something that will allow me to express a part of my own self in the resulting image, as opposed to just shooting whatever appears interesting.

Round and Round by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport What is your process? From beginning to end, how do you prepare your photo sessions?

alexgphoto :bulletred: I take my camera with me wherever I go, as I never know what will come my way. Inspiration is everywhere, if you're open to it – it will find you. So I rarely go out with a clear goal on my mind. I just go into the world, the street or nature – and see what happens.  The obvious exceptions would be when I shoot a portrait session with somebody – in these cases I plan and discuss the time, place, clothing and other details with that person. But in general, I try to ‘listen’ to the world around me, once I see something that speaks to me and feel a connection to it, I take a picture. Sometimes spending an hour or more with a small flower or a dry leaf, until I feel that what was captured in-camera reflects the ‘story’ of the subject;  at other times it happens very fast and a few moments are enough. The process of "listening" continues later on when I go through the RAW images in Lightroom and select the best ones for editing: I let the image speak to me and help me find the best way to present its story.

Hypnosis by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: What is your favorite camera setting, that without it, you think your photos wouldn’t have your “touch”?

alexgphoto :bulletred: My photos, to me,  are not just 'shots', they are poems, and the process of creating them begins with the very first connection with the subject, before I even think of taking a shot, and ends with the final editing steps at the 'digital darkroom' at home. So, this question feels a bit strange to answer. In general, I guess one technical aspect that unifies most of my images is wide aperture – I choose relatively fast lenses and prefer to use them wide open to create shallow depth of field and smooth bokeh.

Winds of Summer by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: Out of all your beautiful work, which piece is the one that has given you more satisfaction and why?

alexgphoto :bulletred: That's really hard to answer. My favorites constantly change. One image that has steadily remained at the top of my list is 'Bright Lights'- one of the very first images I've taken. It was a completely spontaneous moment, shot with the 1000D and the kit lens. The weather and light conditions were a bit tough and the kid kept moving and jumping around the dog. Yet I was so touched by his love and innocence and the joy that shone through his eyes, I absolutely had to take this photograph. It still touches me deeply each time I look at it.

The Bright Lights by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: What would be the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in terms of photography?

alexgphoto :bulletred: Photography constantly teaches me to be aware of the wonder that life is. It’s a meditation; it’s a connection with the essence of everything around and within. It teaches me to keep my heart open and still the mind.

The Way Out is The Way In by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: Is there anything in relation to photography that you haven’t explored yet and you would love to learn more about?

alexgphoto :bulletred: I would really love to travel around the world with my DSLR, as I love portraiture and travel photography. Would also very much like to get my own studio lighting equipment and experiment with it. I did work a bit with self-made lighting sets in the past, but that was all with borrowed equipment.

Reflections of Autumn by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: Could you please inspire us with your favorite quote?

alexgphoto :bulletred: Oh, I have so many... I post a lot of them to my Tumblr blog (
In relation to what I've been saying about my works before: "When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice."― Robert Frank

From the Tiny Rain Forest by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: If you could give a useful piece of advice to someone who is considering photography, what would it be?

alexgphoto :bulletred: Look at works by masters and talented photographers, carefully study their images, and see what aspects – both technical and artistic – you find most interesting and creative. Then, try to find this beauty in the most ordinary things around you, without the camera at this point – this will help you to learn how to see, listen to and feel your surroundings. Later on, try to photograph only what makes your heart sing – something that truly inspires you. Equipment means nothing, so don't worry about it, your vision, however, makes all the difference between you and the next guy/gal with a camera.

Hoping Wishing Waiting by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: Any last words of wisdom you would like to share with us today?

alexgphoto :bulletred: Keep your heart open and keep going.

Waiting by alexgphoto

AllArtSupport :bulletblack: Thank you so much Alex, for sharing your world with us today! :aww:

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Krissey Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Loved her work from the very first day... Amazing ( : :heart:
lieveheersbeestje Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Creamy and bokehlicious, her work is so beautiful :heart:
Great interview :thumbsup:
alexgphoto Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much, dear :huggle:
lieveheersbeestje Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Btw I got a helios 44-2 too, never use it though! :P
alexgphoto Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013   Photographer
You should try, you'll love it!
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