Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi there! I am Olena Karpuk, film photographer from Ukraine. I was born in small city called Kovel. But currently I live and work in Kyiv.
Olena’s Instagram - @le.karpuk
How would you describe your style of photography? This have been always a tough question for me. Probably, because I do not really believe in style. I am trying to take pictures of everything that means something to me in a particular moment. I have huge love for details, like reflections, accidental color matching, play of shadows, parts of human bodies. But these are just kind of guides in my way. Life is so moving and so is our vision. It changes every day. I would say my style is simply to follow it and the more intuitive the better.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? Five years ago my sister borrowed a film camera from this guy and asked me to take pictures of her. So, I took a bunch of bad pictures that day, but it totally changed my world. Even though I couldn’t see what was on that film right away, I knew for sure I love doing this. It was like to find something that you lost a long time ago. Nothing made me feel like that before.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Yes, I do. The time, when I was shooting with my friend Julia. We went to take pictures on one Railway Bridge. The temperature was like -10. I guess this coldness made the whole process a bit insane. While Julia was spinning around, just to stay warm, I saw an airplane in the background, and without a second thought I rolled down on the ice of the frozen river to take a shoot. Of course my clothes got wet, but I was lucky enough not to fall through the ice. That very evening, while sitting next to the fireplace, we finally realized how crazy we were. The whole photoshoot was like flow of consciousness. It’s funny, even though our original intentions were to take photos on that bridge, our plans changed due to a sudden burst of spontaneity, and to this day, not a single picture has been captured on that bridge. (At least by us!)
Who/What inspires your photography? It can really be anything. From artworks and movies to hair of some granny in a tram. Before I used to take inspiration from other artists, but now I’m learning to take if from myself. This source is unlimited and powerful, you just have try to hear it. Basically I am trying to transmit my feelings and experience on everything around me and give it new sense through my perception.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? I think solitude develops imagination. Long walks with camera may help your eyes be more open for details. You should have sort of relationship with your camera and take it everywhere, be in search, be ready. One day it will pay off with “that’ shoot.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I love long golden hours and time just after, when everything becomes blue. So it would be late spring and summer.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? I would like to put myself in unusual conditions. India, Hong Kong, Vietnam - it is whole another world for European. I am sure there are so many things I would like to catch with my camera.
Olena’s Instagram - @le.karpuk
Olena’s Tumblr - www.lekarpuk.tumblr.com