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Interview: Photographer Alexander Sviridov (Canada)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I’m an artist and photographer located in Toronto, Canada. My artworks are recognized worldwide and I have won multiple international photo awards. I studied art back home in Russia for several years.

How and when did you get into photography?

Being an artist has been my thing forever, and around 12 years ago, I stumbled into the world of photography. It all started with capturing moments of my adorable 3-year-old daughter. The surprising twist came when I played around with those pictures in Photoshop and saw the magic happen. Before diving into photography, I spent some years as a graphic designer. It's been a journey filled with unexpected delights, discovering how art, graphic design and photography can team up to create something special.

What does photography mean to you?

In the past few years, photography and photo-art have become my passion and my life. I can’t remember a day that has gone by where I have not held a camera in my hands.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Mostly I gather inspiration from classic artworks of the old masters.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

My photography is a captivating blend of classical painting and surrealism, crafted through a unique fusion of painting techniques and Photoshop. The result is a collection of photos transformed into painterly masterpieces, showcasing my distinctive style that seamlessly marries traditional and modern artistic elements.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

I plan out my pictures in advance, and always get a vivid image of what I want it to look like before I take the picture.

Studio, on location or both?

I always operate in my home studio.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I’m freelancer and creating my fine art photography for pleasure without the goal of making money. But I also sell my artworks digitally or as prints.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I use a Canon, and my favorite lens are Canon 100mm 2.8 and Canon 40mm 2.8

What has been your most memorable session and why?

My most memorable sessions were with my daughter Iris, when she was a child. Now she is a teenager.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

It is always important to remain creative and stay true to your imagination while also having a deep understanding in photography techniques.

What do you think of our new magazine?

Modellen Land Magazine is filled with beautiful publications from talented photographers from all around the world. It is a great magazine to showcase and bring into light many new and upcoming photographers.

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