I admired visual storytelling ever since I can remember myself. Aesthetically appealing books, films and magazines always captivated me. I got my very first photo experience since early years shooting with my father on film cameras and then sitting with him in the improvised darkroom watching the magic of photography. This combined very well with extremely long countryside walks with my grandfather and art school’s composition classes and eventually forged a mindset of a travel photographer.
As time passed, photography became much more exciting when digital cameras arrived. Slowly moving from 1.2MP point-and-shoot digital camera of the early 2000s via DSLRs lineage to 30+MP mirrorless beast of today I learnt how to capture razor-sharp well-balanced images of the world around me in almost every possible condition – in the dark, in the wind, in the cold, underwater, in a museum with “no photography” signs around.
Another breakthrough was the arrival of commercial drones. I was always fascinated by aerial views of the cities and landscapes trying to get as high as possible climbing towers and hilltops. A drone was like a dream come true for me. Though, operating drones quickly have proven to be a difficult thing after I promptly killed my first DJI Mavic by drowning it in the cold waters of the Isle of Skye. 3 drones after (2 killed, 1 retired) I found myself being experienced licensed drone pilot with even more eager than ever to see the world from above and capture its beauty.
My professional career, though, is not related to photography at all. I work in a huge global industrial business, where few career twists and turns brought me from Ukraine to London 5 years back. And this is where the photographer side of me really has flourished. I briskly joined Royal Photographic Society and ever since couldn’t stop looking at London and the UK through my lenses, discovering more and more of picturesque corners whenever time permits and remaining fascinated by the variety of breath-taking views this land has to offer.
After all, as Henri Cartier-Bresson was saying, it is not you who takes a photo, it is a photo that takes you.