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Interview of Aleksey Tejido

Could you introduce yourself a little, talk a bit about your background?

My name is Alexey Krupyshev, I was born on December 30th 1987 in Moscow, Russia.
Now I’m probably expected to talk about my degrees and how long I’ve been working as a photographer… But I’ve never taken photography classes and I don’t work as a photographer. I’m an engineer and my work is related to various lifting devices and industrial electronics while photography is my hobby and a way of creative self-fulfillment.

When, how and why did you begin to make photography?

I started the photo in 2007 when I bought my first camera. Then, I began working as an engineer, I realized that I also had to express myself in another way. Photography is this medium, it has become a passion. If I didn’t have an engineering degree I would have made photography my profession.

What do you like in this form of expression?

In fact, a mere opportunity to create a world of my dreams and fantasies and share my vision of beauty with the viewers. And it means a lot to me.

What are the themes that you like to photograph?

For two years I’ve been focused on shooting the nude. But this genre is very complicated; it requires permanent concentration and “withdrawing into myself”. So I’ve a bit lost inspiration for it and now I’m more into classical portrait. Now, it seems to me that it’s through the portrait that I can reveal some emotions and feelings hidden while showing the nude figure.

What is your idea of sensuality?

Sensuality is a complicated and extensive term. To me, sensuality is above all tenderness, vulnerability, luring mystery. Undoubtedly, it’s also passion, excitement, physical beauty of a body. But I see sensuality more as something moving, something like a misty spring dawn.

What photographers fascinate and / or inspire you?

I was immensely influenced by Peter Lindbergh. He’s really my favorite photographer and I always turn to his art looking for inspiration. There are other photographers I like: Paolo Roversi, Patrick Demarchelier, Sante d’Orazio; but they didn’t have such an impact on me though each of them is surely ingenious.

How do you prepare a session of shooting?

Oh, the preparation may be different. Sometimes a shooting session requires meticulous preparation (choice of model, location, clothing, etc.) that takes weeks and sometimes everything happens spontaneously. Usually, the idea of ??a particular photograph, is born in my head after seeing a movie or a scene of ordinary life.
But the general trend of my portfolio, that is to say, all my photos comes only from my imagination which sometimes complicates the communication models. :)

What (s) camera (s) do you use?

I usually use a Canon 5D Mark II.

What (s) techniques do you prefer?

I almost never use artificial light, almost always natural light is enough. Sometimes, I use light disks, much more seldom, I use the pilot light of studio impulse light devices. Usually, all my locations are poorly lit and to get an adequate result, I need high-aperture lenses. My favorite lens is 50mm f/1,4 and I also have a zoom 28-75mm f/2,8. But I can say that to me equipment doesn’t play an essential role, it’s of minor importance though it is perhaps important.
For me, the technique is secondary although it must be acquired.

How and why did your photography changed?

Unfortunately, I can’t be objective; the viewer always sees more. I hope I take better photographs now than I did when I started. I can say that now I understand better the effect of “complex” light on the scene and this is perhaps, my greatest satisfaction as a photographer.

What brings you the internet media?

I pay little attention to the Internet as a means of communication and self-promotion. More or less consistently, I keep my internet-diary on livejournal.com (http://tejido.livejournal.com/) and display my photos on a couple of photo websites. All other websites are secondary to me.

What do you think of the webiste Sensual Photography?

Sensual Photography was, in a way, a good surprise for me. It’s an interesting thematic website which has gathered a great number of photographers who show the sensuality of the woman without any vulgarity. This website is unique ...

What are your plans?

Currently, I am trying my hand at medium format film photography going back to the beginning of my art work (as many others, I used film when I started shooting) as well as of photography on the whole. I’m planning, after two years of nude photography, to systematize the outcome and issue a small album-portfolio, but now it’s only a plan.

What would you add?

It’s my first interview ever so I can only thank the website Sensual Photography for such an experience and wish good luck and creativity to everyone! ;)

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