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Interview of Sergey Sivyakov

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

I am 30 years old, I was born in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine. As a child, I had an affinity for art, I then went a few months in an art school. I continued my studies at the University of Civil Engineering where I got my degree. For the moment, I live between Donetsk, my hometown, and Kiev, where I hope to settle there permanently.

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

While studying at university, I wanted to learn how to make beautiful pictures. So I decided to be introduced to photography taking a camera in hand. That's 7 years that I fell "in love" with this process.
In 2011, I started argentic: the study of this process, the development of film and other subtleties that I discovered during a whole year. Now, I prefer to do my shooting with a medium format.

What do you like in this form of expression?

In photography, I like the possibility to create images and moods with some surrealism and this much faster than painting.

What are the themes that you like to photograph?

I love different themes but nevertheless there are two directions that interest me: the portrait and the nude, although in my work I try to mix the two.

What are you looking to share through your photography?

I try in my work, by the calm and restraint of my models, to transmit great serenity to spectators by gestures and poses of the model or by the moods. Even if there is sadness, I wish to pass on harmony in my images.

What is your idea of sensuality?

The sensuality is to be not afraid to bare her soul, is to be without masks, without cheating. This is the naked emotion.

What photographers fascinate and / or inspire you?

Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Anton Corbijn, Dmitry Chapala, Alina Lebedeva, Rodney Smith, Marc Lagrange, Paolo Roversi, Mona Kuhn, Eugene Mokhorev.
But above all, I am inspired by music, because I find it more just and open. It transports me. I understand its moods and emotions they provoke in me, I seek to express them in my work.

How do you prepare a session of shooting?

Preparation is important to find the tone that will determine the spirit of the session. Then you have to find the right place and the right model ... but sometimes,it's the place or the model which defines the mood.

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

Most often, I use a medium format Pentacon Six as a main camera and occasionally my Yashica Mat 124G. I rarely use the 24x36.

What (s) techniques do you prefer?

I like working in natural light in apartments or artists' studios, rarely in the studio.

How and why did your photography changed?

The artist does not like to stay still, he needs to constantly evolve ... I am no exception.
After a while, I feel stagnant, then I find a new subject, and so my work can evolve.

What brings you the internet media?

Anyone who creates needs to share, first with her / his friends and her / his entourage, then with a wider range of people. Internet offers a great opportunity to do so. Specialized photography sites allow sharing and criticism of her / his work.

What do you expect from a website like Sensual Photography?

I am glad to see on SP quality photographs, interesting works of photographers worldwide.

What are your plans?

I feel like creating a series of photographs more conherent with a higher level of quality and maybe ... in the near future ... to set up an exhibition.

What would you add?

Thank you for creating a site like yours; I would like to continue to see a lot of quality photographs and participate in the life of SP.

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