“Photography is a unique way to be in beautiful places and talk to interesting people.”
Alexander Kuzmichev (born in 1987) is a young Russian photographer currently based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He’s self-taught when it comes to photography.
“Photography for me is an indication. It’s the feeling of freedom.”
Interview with Alexander Kuzmichev
Alexander, what was your most memorable moment shooting pictures?
Shooting a fully equipped russian racer on the Tokyo subway.
Why did you become a photographer?
Because it is a unique way to be in beautiful places and talk to interesting people.
What does photography mean to you and what do you want to say with your pictures?
Photography for me is an indication. It’s the feeling of freedom. And I want to show that the world is one.
Which photographer has inspired you most?
Alexander Gronsky, Brad Harris, and Jordan Manley.
What’s your favorite photography quote?
If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.
How would you describe your photographic voice and creative process?
Anxiety calm of scenes and innuendo stories
What’s important in order to develop an own photographic voice?
Believe in yourself and do not listen.
What do you consider to be the axis of your work – technically and conceptually?
Conceptuality and color.
What qualities and characteristics does a good photographer need?
Industry and passion.
What does a photo need to be a great photo in your eyes? Especially keeping in mind the over abundance of photographic imagery in today’s society.
Photos must be made in a unique location and hard-to-get-places for tourists.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your photographic projects?
On the road and in pure love.
What kind of photography equipment (camera etc.) and photographic supplies do you use?
Nikon D800 plus 24-70 mm, 70-200 mm, 50 mm and fish-eye.
What’s your favorite website about photography?
I recommend “Foam – All About Photography”.
What photography book would you recommend?
“Works 80-08” by Andreas Gursky. For the opportunity to follow the evolution of his own style.
Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a (professional) photographer?
Study classical painters and history of art. Go to museums and shoot as much as you can.