Talk to Kuchma Alexey
Talk to Kuchma Alexey
I was born in April 1992 in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine.
In our city there were heavy industry, the legacy of the imperial period, the legacy of the status of a closed city, the construction of rockets and the shortest metro in the world.
As a child, I was involved in music, theatrical art and scouting. My first passion was painting, when I was 15 years old, when I thought I’d get into painting college. I hold the camera in my hands when I was 13. At 16, I started training as a cameraman in Kiev and I’ve shot a lot during the program. Then, I started making more films, and then returned to photography.
I was popularly inspired by the works of Penn and Avedon and early Leibovitz, a year ago I discovered Aldo Palazzolo, I am attracted to the combination of technical perfection and depth of perception and humanity.
I sincerely admire when I see a similar mixture of qualities in my familiar photographers and follow their progress.
Of the classic artists I love, Wyatt, Turner, Vrubel. I am pleased to buy the work of familiar Kiev graphic artists and printers.
Traveling for me is an opportunity in a new environment with new people, in a new culture and language to look at myself from the outside. For 15 years of leisurely taking photographs, it amazes me how my own approach changes, the moments of realization that you saw differently before and felt different are amazing, and you have documentary evidence of this.
I worked in films as 1AC and cameraman, shot commercials, feature films, documentaries, short and full-length films. Experience in the cinema taught me to work with natural and artificial light, to work with people, to see the story in the image, to teach me not to be nervous and think ahead, to learn to feel the material and to select it. I am inspired by the talented work of the cameraman, gaffer, filmmaker, colorist.
After several years of work in the cinema, I realized that I was striving for freedom of creativity and greater control of production. In photography you are a director and producer, a stylist and a cameraman, an editor and a colorist, and if the work was successful then it is entirely your merit, if not, it’s your fault.
In Chianti, I was in the art residence of Ducho Trasinelli, it inspired me a lot. I really want to save enough money and create the same in Ukraine. My father is the director of a small children’s cinema center, and my mother is also a teacher. In the future, I would also add teaching practice to my life.