I have been engaged in a black and white photography
since 2004. In this way the world for me is reflected on
paper especially interestingly. Black and white photos possess
a certain eye-catching mystery that doesn’t allow you to take your
eyes off the image. Looking over a black and white photo it
is possible to stay a long time near the wall, studying the
lines captured by light on paper, moving closer, and discovering
new details of the picture.
Shooting in large format it is possible
to achieve incredible results of photo quality, and the contact
print technique favours it more. Most of the information
of a sheet negative is transferred to a print without any quality
loss (practically there is no light diffusion). Photos
turn out very sharp, "juicy". Besides a contact print
I also use an optical printing which allows me to get large sized
photos. Large format negative prints give excellent results
even at strong zooming. Practically there is no photographic
grain. While examining a print that gives an effect of presence,
a desire to plunge into the image, to extend borders of a printed
photo and to step into it...
While shooting and printing I use the best
lenses in the world. Lenses for large format photography have
a very high quality. After all they should reproduce very precisely
the image of the world around its carrying over the big space
of a sheet negative. Rarely can objectives for 35-mm cameras brag
of such a high quality image.
Large format shooting demands respect to itself:
you work slowly, measuring each step. Large format
cameras have a lot of fine tuning (tilt, swing...), allowing
a photographer to embody the smallest details of the subject without any
distortions. It is a complete control over the image which gives
I like to shoot black and white landscape on
long exposure. It makes a picture more mysterious and dramatic.
For the present time I experiment over such techniques of shooting
(with the large format cameras it is difficult enough), but
every trip brings more and more photos.