Hi Andrei! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?
I became interested in photography about 6 years ago. I'm not one who dreamed of becoming a photographer even as a child. I was educated as a civil engineer and I worked as a designer but then the economic situation in my country began to deteriorate. I had to take on new work including delivering fast food in the neighbouring country. Over the past few years I have completely departed from different jobs in favour of photography and writing articles for blogs.
QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?
AA funny thing happened this year in Georgia. Me and my friends decided to climb a hill to take a pictures of an ancient Jvari XVII century church on a nearby rise. The path led us to a fence and a gate, where there were watchmen, and the best view of the church. As soon as we got our cameras, the guards ran and started yelling at us in the Georgian language, which we do not understand. They pointed us away from the site and we decided that we would be advised to go for a more favourable viewpoint. As it turned out, the road which the watchmen suggested did not lead anywhere, it was just an excuse to send us away.
QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?
AI have a Nikon D7000. This is my first camera and it is quite bad. I have a set of 3 lenses: Sigma 17-50 / 2.8, Sigma 70-200 / 2.8 and Nikkor 35 / 1.8. I confess that I'm now saving up for a new camera, because, for example I could not take photos when visiting the dark Armenian church interiors due to poor quality pictures at high ISO.
QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?
AMy main advice is that to get a good picture, it is necessary to take pictures! Sitting at home, surfing in the internet and discussing the theory of photography in forums does not produce pictures. I was one of those people who was amazed at the situations captured by famous photographers. I thought it was a natural talent, and I would never take photos like this. But everything began to change when I started taking more and more pictures.