Honestly. When I first saw a closeup of a series of "Ant stories", "Ant House" with scenes where insects pose and clearly carried out "reasonable" steps I had different ideas about how is it that the author was able to realize such tricks.
The thoughts were of the most blasphemous - and I will not even elaborate Now, what - to banal three-dimensional visualization. The reality was much more incredible: it's all real, even if staged photography with live models!
"Dreams of the Gulf of Finland"
I contacted the author of the photos and we agreed to an interview. When the conversation took place in response to the dry preform fotoobyvatelya questions I received an amazing and heartfelt story of a man with an interesting and difficult destiny. Publication hero asked to call it simply - Andrew. Born in Moscow, Leningrad, he graduated from the Faculty of Arctic Makarovka, further expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica with a few returns to his wife and daughter in his native St. Petersburg.
And then all my words are commonplace, and you will enjoy an exciting, filled to the brim with love of life and optimism history of the relationship between man and nature with the real stories in photographs.
- Can you say of myself that was "born with a camera?" And anyway, how I come into the picture?
- Occasional filming always, do not part with fotikom the past seven years.
- Is there a hobby, not associated with a photo?
- I listen to anything, like good music in any genre.
to "On the rotten swamp is no dummy!"
- What inspires the creation of jobs? - Probably in his childhood tales I nedochital now trying to shoot them :)
- In addition to the macro is there still a favorite genre?
- My works are rarely the macro (in the classical scale of 1: 1), I take folk stories about low and there is a place and a portrait and landscape.
"You are my Fluffy"
- Looking at your pictures, do not be surprised rearrange your patience and perseverance. And you really have such qualities?
- The sign of Taurus commits :)
- What other skills help you in your work?
- A lot of things artistic hands altered - by stamping and painting to the decorations in the student theater - a good experience to create a scene layout.
- The interest in macro photography and ants in particular has something to do with your profession or just got interesting?
- Digital photos are able to comprehend the vegetable - seven years ago refused the spine, so that was within reach of a square meter of grass suburban area, with all its inhabitants. And then, like many, has fallen under the charm of these wonderful earthlings. A community that takes care of the weak - children, pensioners and the disabled - can not command respect. This biological civilization of 150 million years of existence, has mastered a lot of ecologically pure life support techniques and has developed a strategy for survival. And more will live as much, if the young man has a technological civilization completely ruin the planet ... However, it has been written a lot.
- What equipment, optics, accessories, in addition to the camera, help to solve creative problems and especially in macro photography? 1. Scene-transformer, with height adjustment, tilt and fasteners for props, able to perform a lot of functions;
2. Raynox-250 - makrolinza of all time;
3. Flash - more like powerful smart kids Metz cs 28, but most use Yongnuo 460 ll, at Metz synchronize only the world, but on a sunny day - it's not gud (specify - rented always with pulsed light, or a vibration of active antennae ants a lot of blurring).
- Scenes are shot on location, in the studio or combined? How is it arranged workplace?
- Prefer to take pets - red wood ant formica rufa at 50 meters from the house. Working path places clearly structured, the movement is carried out strictly according ants trail, where you can settle down comfortably on the sidelines, not to suppress the people and left neiskusannym. For a free rotation of the cast scene is set right on the footpath, flare, backgrounds and reflectors on the wire pegs stuck into the ground. When I can not walk, I rented directly at the site, the benefit of the population - 5 species of ants :) When the door is open - go to the house (but not rude). Plots rented in a multiple exposure technique: the series with a fixed camera, the scene and the light, and then a pile - in the editor and eraser wipe most talented artists. Footprint With the experience becomes less, sometimes missing one or two shots (taken from the hundreds). Collage not do out of laziness (except hopeless cases, such as the moon with stars), I find it easier to remove as needed. Tried vshopit artists on sun - failed not once, but to shoot with the sun in the background to learn quickly :)
"Do not eat, but the little man you will become! .."
- It is noticeable that in each photo with great affection filed surroundings, scenery: moss, mushrooms, various fines, etc. and all these things very carefully... Are there many time is spent on the preparation of such scenes, and which produces props?
- With an entourage and props are no problems - in May I take out to the country and until October, I live in this all :) Most time is spent thinking through the mise en scene - artists must be willing (and able) to make the necessary movement in the proposed scenery. In addition, action should be in the same plane, so as not to fall out of the meager depth of field. Because of the complexity of these interfaces is not half the scenes was implemented :(
- Is there a favorite work, and connected with it special?
- Who is your favorite here:
"kids do not touch!"
A small but important victory for me, given the understanding that something learned complexes diminished :) The picture is not posed such sometimes obtained in preparation for shooting.
- How is it that invented stories, which you then embodies in his work?
- Usually I do not invent anything, just that I know behaviors portrayed in humanoid form, well try to get fun.
"The new bridge and scrounger boatman,"
- How do manage because "train" of smaller models like ants, "persuade" them to perform the necessary tricks?
- Authoritative opinion: 1. "Their ability to obey ... - the dream of every dictator!" (B. Werber "Ants") 2. "It is proved that ants learn faster ... birds, while they afford invariant problem" ( AA Zakharov "ant family, a colony"). Capture the attention of an ant is easy enough to show a fake production or enemy, with a skill you can manage an entire troupe. If you manage to persuade one to perform the trick, others have done it easily. Not all artists are good, fools and idlers have to expel from the set. And the main thing is not to teach the ant, and to learn the most :) I'm on it, to "get in touch" it took two or three years. - Tell any unusual or interesting story related to the obtaining of a frame?
First backstage: bump with artists - a plum bush in four meters from the house, is illuminated by the pulse, but in a bright sunny morning vspyshechek not see ... there is a survey on the self-timer on the timer ...
Now imagine: you're poking around in the garden, and you notice that your eccentric neighbor who takes all the time insects, very poplohelo ... He happily waving his arms on the porch, hobbling consult with plum bush, back on the porch and again welcomes the bush .. . would you call a doctor, but in this wilderness nuthouse not go Doubles :) I did a lot - did not like the sharp light and shade from the sun - and only when he had finished shooting, neighbors noticed sympathetic person.
- whether a book or online resource there, which helps professionally?
- Makroklub - a community of passionate, technically very competent people who are diligent (absentee) student since 2006 ... Read the discussion flattered that teachers believe my work kompgrafikoy :) And also "ant literature": Khalifman Zakharov, Werber. Favorite - novel Werber "Ants".
- Is there a favorite photographer?
- Salvador Dali.
- Is there a problem of "creative crisis" for you, and if so, how to cope with it?
- When you do not manage to realize the story, from start to rave about their own helplessness to cope :( simple - throw and take my other hand.
"The launch complex Chanterelle"
- Do you already have plans and projects for the future? - In the summer plans - at least to remove half of the planned ... I have a dream - unite ant stories into a coherent whole - but still does not work, not enough global thinking ... If someone helped, would be pleased.
The Great Wall and its heroes.
Legends of the Fall.
Bear take your bare feet.
Paaazvolte you imagine ...
Tip of the pack.
Statue of Labor.
Cheers, shot down the helicopter.
Oh, Kalinka-Malinka ma-and-a-aya! Ick.