My name is Vitalik Denys and I’m from Lviv, Ukraine. For those who never heard about Lviv, it’s an old European city with a long history, extraordinary culture and people.
How long have you been taking pictures?
Photography is my beloved passion and hobby for a long period of time now. A lot of hobbies emerge and leave but not photography. I’ve been taking pictures for decades now, and I never get fed up with it, though I like changes. The reason for that is probably it’s nature, like a camera can present different visions depending on the angle, so photography can always show itself in a different prospects in your life, performing the same operations but bringing different results.
When did you get into photography and why?
I guess it all started when I was a child and got my first cameras, those were film cameras Kodak, Minolta, Olympus, Zenit, FED, and Polaroid. It was such a pleasure to recreate some moments of my life in pictures, that feeling of having your shots printed, sharing it with others. It was the only reason that time, as for the child.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
The unusual thing here is that I like lots of styles and genres of photography, though portraiture and conceptual photography currently stay my favorite ones. During a long time I tried myself in landscape, travel, street and food genres, but at the present time I have another vision, the reason of changes is that I feel portraiture can become an ideal way of showing my perception.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
It’s mostly a pre-planed shootings with making different kind of preparations, choosing the location, outfit and other stuff. But the result is spontaneous, coz you never know the outcome or what exactly to expect, the moment of capture opens itself during the photo shoot.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
The goal is to share my perception, to reveal it, and to make people feel. Feelings are important in order to understand the circe of life, the purpose of existence. That is why I don’t want to make any limitations in ideas, I believe pictures can express more than just a still moment of life.
Do you have an influences you can share?
I think the diversity of humans and their vision can serve as a constant influence on me.
What inspires you?
The ability of men to change, being trapped in limitations, all kind of life circumstances, their will to cross the line for chasing the impossible.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
I believe there are photos that would not suit my vision or would not satisfy my aesthetic needs, but I think everyone has a right to make photos any way they want, and it’s ok.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I’m looking for a career in photography, coz it’s the only way to make a real difference.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
Currently I’m using Instagram as the only platform for presenting my photos, because of its popularity among people. I consider it as a starting point of my work.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
Among the photographers I follow at the present time are Marta Bevacqua, Martina Matencio, Cayetano Gonzáles, @charlotte_lapalus, @bensasso, @cvatik, @f.estival, @alessioalbi, Christian Watson
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I love when people find a way to show their vision through any device possible, including mobile photography. And I don’t share an idea that only DSLR camera make you a photographer. I don’t even share the idea that having education or knowledge on the film photography makes you a part of some kind of closed club of artists, Art is far more than that, it’s far more than people usually realise.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
At present time I’m using Canon 600d with various lenses. I also use IPhone for making videos and some pics, sometimes I make pics with more expensive equipment which I happen to use and which doesn’t belong to me. But, when I’ll have means to get a better camera, I think it would be easier for me to give life to those ideas in my head that I carry for a long time now but have never implemented.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
I think, that would be some exotic places, where I could have an interesting experience, whether it’s a wild nature, or a far away city, a desert or an ocean, the only thing that matters is to create something unique and truly worthy.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
Surprisingly, I don’t have too many favorite photos I took, but I would probably single out one picture. It’s the girl with sunflower at the black table. Her name is Sasha Pavlenko, a friend of mine and also a photographer. She was visiting my city, and we were hanging out at the cafe. I took it with Canon 6D mark II, and I just love everything about it, the lines, the deep, the green background and the girl, it completely reflects everything I wanted to get from the moment.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
inner, purpose, completeness
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? I’m happy that more opportunities open for people, I only wish everyone could have a way to express themselves in any means they can get, including better cameras on smart phones.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
I think expensive cameras can give more opportunities. This doesn’t mean that having one can help everyone, the most important thing is an idea, a unique vision, not a device. But some ideas need a better equipment in order to implement them.