Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Interview with photographer Gennadiy Chernega

 From where are you?
I’m from Ukraine. I live in Kiev.

What is it that attracts you the most of what you have around you?
Everything depends on my internal state. Sometimes there are days when I notice nothing, but sometimes it happens I have a clear feeling, thought and emotion, and in that moment everything is united in one shot.

Describe some of your projects Your main concept what do you want to say by your art, why?
All of my projects are a part of myself, a part of my life. I narrate about what I see and feel. ‘Deep Sleep’ is about slumber, ‘Walls of glass’ about fragility of our walls. ‘Stray dog’ is an exhibition with what I go to audience.

Tell us about your experience as photographer what did it give you?
I am not a photographer in the direct meaning of this word. I don’t know all of the basic rules, don’t know all the techniques, I can’t work in the studio.
I am an ordinary man. I use camera as a Dictaphone to record my thoughts and feelings.

 A film, a book and a song .
Erich Maria Remarque - All Quiet On The Western Front
Daughter – Youth

What camera do you use?  lenses?
Mostly, Olympus mju 2.

 Tell about exhibition if you ‘ve had any.
I had an ordinary exhibition as well. People were drinking wine, works were on the wall. But I want to tell you about the ‘Stray Dog’ project. It’s an exhibition that can take place anywhere. I was showing my works at 12 o’clock in the deserted street, at the metro station, on the table in café, and in the park on the bench, and at the kitchen of my friends, and at the tram station…

‘Stray Dog’ is a carton box, pack of photographs, dog-lead and personal story. With all these things I go to a person who wants to see it.

Do you sell prints?
I haven’t think yet about the prints but I already have a couple of zines.

How do you make it and where can someone buy?
Write me //www.facebook.com/deeepsleeep

What was your most big success?
My life is quite calm, I didn’t have a glorious triumph.

Favourite photographer.
There are a lot of them. I was lost in the photography and saved nearly 15 000 of shots which I saw and feared to lose.
Larry Towell, Antoine DAgata, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Edward Weston, Brassai, Francesca Woodman, Sally Mann, Sarah Moon, Jindřich Streit, Daido Moriyama, Igor Posner, Valery Schekoldin, Lyalya Kuznetsova, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Duane Michaels, Jacob Aue Sobol, Trent Parke, Roger Ballen, Alexander Gronsky

What is your occupation, job, interest besides photography.
describe it.
Previously, I was working in advertisement but then I decided to do something for myself. Except photography, I like good cinema, literature, theatre, bowling and pool.

Which advice would you give someone who wants to become a (professional) photographer?
It’s necessary to give yourself completely up to what you love and don’t stop.

Your plans.
I want to see the world and live by the sea.

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