Russian photographer Anton Kalashnikov shares his black and white pictures
Russian photographer Anton Kalashnikov – guest column “European Lens” this month. In this series of black and white photographs, he is sharing his view on everyday life, turning ordinary people into heroes a little fascinating history.
In his photographs often feel nostalgia for the Soviet past. But looking more closely, one cannot fail to notice that that is modern Moscow.
We managed to ask Anton a few questions about his work:
What started your love for photography?
– When I was 12, dad gave me an old SLR. It didn’t work very well, but it was a real camera. And as soon as I took it in hand, I immediately started taking pictures.
What you take with you when you travel and what camera do you use?
– Most of the photos I shoot on a Canon EOS 300v, film Olympus OM1, using different lenses, Zuiko, Olympus Mju II, because it is small and inconspicuous camera.
My favorite digital camera – Fuji X-E1.
Looking back, what advice would you yourself give?
If I could send myself a letter in the past, I would write: “More learn and more to take it off!”
How would you describe your style in photography?
I like street photography and photojournalism. I would describe my style as “dry realism” or “grunge”.
What do you like to shoot most and where?
I must say that I was interested in everything and everywhere. Despite the fact that I like to shoot ordinary life from an unusual angle, I think I can help you better understand the global sense of the word.
Favorite spot in Europe and why?
– I traveled extensively in Eastern Europe. I love Budapest for its architecture and Bulgaria due to its tranquility.
But my most interesting trip was to Kiev last year. The relations between our countries are now very poor, most Russian media is write negatively about Ukraine. So I wanted to see for myself what is happening there, I never believed the official propaganda.
When the local learned, where I come from, they said, “don’t believe what they’re saying about us, you’re safe here”. And it was true.
I spent four unforgettable days in Kiev and I can exactly say that between people of our countries is no animosity. It’s all politics, obviously, but now I have proof.
Who and what inspires you in the work and why?
– When I travel I like to experience local life and explore the similarities and differences.
I was also inspired by the history of photography and the work of such renowned artists as Imogen Cunningham, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton and others.
So I guess you could say that curiosity and history are my main sources of inspiration.