Hello, my name is Anatoli Oskin, (I was born in Russia, Siberia) and I’m from Ingolstadt. That’s in the middle of Bavaria - and no, the people don’t wear leather shorts here all day.
How long have you been taking pictures?
About 6 years. I started 2012.
When did you get into photography and why?
As a kid I watched my mother, who was a teacher for music and art in Russia, drawing still-life and landscape paintings. That shaped me a lot and that was one reason why I got into pictures and artworks.
In my childhood I got the fascinating opportunity to play with a real video camera. A few years later I received a 8mm-Camcorder as a present. Almost every day after school my friends and me shot little movies with this camcorder. It was so much fun, that I had a second motivation for photography.
After finishing high school, I wondered, which vocational training would suit me best. As a consequence of career choice tests I choose the option of working as a photo laboratory technician. Although the tasks were interesting, this job did not fill me, because it was too technology-based for my taste.
A few years later I did a retraining to photographer in a big photo - and film studio for commercial photography.
Today I work as a photographer and 3D/CGI-Artist for the automotive industry. The advantage: Nice cars. The disadvantage: No compliments and praise from the tacit cars.
After this insight, I began to photograph people, mainly woman, because this beautiful gender express much more emotional energy and aura in my view.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
At the beginning of my photography, I used extensive equipment and flashlight with the thought that quality is only achievable when the work is complex. Then I realised that only two things are needed for that: just the camera and well available light. Ok, ok and a bit of photoshop ;).
Accordingly, I created my style: focussed on the individual, through the low depth of field and a major colour contrast, for a strong 3D-effect. That’s the kind of style I love currently.
How do you approach a shoot ? Do you pre plan or is it a click and run?
A lot of photographers are very spontaneous. But I’m not. I need a plan.
After we fix a date with the model, discuss about the outfits, make-up and hair, I go to the location on the shooting day, maybe two hours before and look for good places and look for available light.
So before the model arrives, I know when and where we have to shoot. Of course spontaneous situations arise but I prefer coordination and a predefined approach.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
To shoot people is my passion and the purpose of it is to make my models, clients and me happy with the pictures. I can achieve that by catching the perfect impression and with good post-processing.
So that’s my goal, have fun and delight the people with my images, It’s like a drug, I need it.
Do you have an influences you can share?
A big influence is the one-point perspective of the filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. I try to use it often in my photography, by placing the model in the middle of the frame to get this symmetry. Of course movies, especially the teal & orange colour look.
What inspires you?
Music! Nothing can intensify feelings and ideas than good music, which inspires me more than anything else.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
I think that’s in the eye of the beholder. Certainly bad post-processing could be a cause for bad photography.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I work as an advertising photographer, which is very interesting but in the end its nothing more than a job. For compensation and fun, I need to photograph people in my free-time. That’s my passion.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I use mainly instagram. That is a wonderful platform to connect with other photographers and models.
Facebook and 500px too, bur very sporadic.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
I prefer following local photographers because of better connecting, sharing know-how and feedback with them. For reasons of inspiration it’s beneficial to follow also well-named and famous photographers but it’s unlikely to start a conversation with them or meet them for a pizza.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
Fantastic results can be achieved with mobile photography but from a technical perspective it will never replace a DSLR/mirrorless!
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I have a mirrorless Sony Alpha 7II Camera. It’s a good allrounder, has a good dynamic range and it’s not that expensive like similar cameras from other companies.
For my type of portraits I just need one lens. Every picture you see here was shot with the Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8. The style and the look which the lens creates is magnificent.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
I would like to shoot in the streets of Saint Petersburg.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
This is difficult. I don’t have an ultimate favourite picture of all time. On almost every photoshoot, there are one or two bombastic pictures that I like so much. But I should mention one of these. A picture with the model Lara Vogel is definitely one of my favourites. We just had 30 minutes time for shooting and found a dark green bush nearly by her house. Because of her experience, she achieved the perfect look and pose that I wanted. On the picture she’s looking directly into the camera and creating thereby a hypnotic effect. In the post-process I turned the background blue, so that Lara gets more in contrast with her beautiful red hair. The viewer looks directly in her eyes and get attracted by her. I like this picture a lot.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Focused, balanced, contrasting
How do you feel about higher quality cameras being put into smart phones?
Smart phones are a pretty good alternative. Now you have always a good camera in your pocket and don’t have an excuse to not to take an interesting picture.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
In the commercial photography you need very expensive cameras. Technically they have incredible quality, which is necessary for high resolution prints or giant posters.
That depends on which certain requirements somebody have.