Iryna Smolych aka; Josephine Chervinska is one of the very gifted photographers I have come across via the Internet and Photo Net.com. She hails from Kiev in the Ukraine.Her images exhibit a moody and rich color clarity which captivates the viewer. Her subject matter ranges from fine art interpretations to landscapes, portraits, and still life.
JRP: Thank you Josephine for taking time out to share with us your images and photographic philosophy.
Josephine: Thank you very much James for your kind words. Generally I would not call myself a photographer but rather an artist who uses photos as a tool for creations.
My main purpose is to create a fantastic world. A world without suffering and anger. A world without envy and lies. I want my world to be full of beauty, dreams, cleanness, and love.
I use the pseudonym of Josephine very simply as a connection to that world. I know my inner voice is calling me in the magic world of photography. The real world is lovely and various but unfortunately it isn’t always kind and fair. Therefore sometimes I want to make my own world. A fantastic world!
JRP: When and where did you get your start in photography?
Josephine: Four years ago my husband and I had to shoot a music video. The shoot was taking place in the photo studio of a famous photo artist “Vladimir Shulevsky” but we were not acquainted with him before this. His magnificent nature and still-life images became the first push for me to take a camera in my hands.
JRP: What equipment and software do your favor in your work flow?
Josephine: My first camera was a Sony DSR-828. Now I use a Sony R-1 (high-end prosumer digital camera with perfect Carl Zeiss lens) and a Sony Alpha DSLR A-100, ten mega pixel (CCD) digital SLR. I also use polarization filter and professional flash for Sony R-1.
My favorite software is Adobe Photoshop. This is really perfect tool for all photographers from beginner to professional.
JRP: You have been a member of PhotoNet.com for nearly three years. as this association along with any others helped to broaden your photographic horizons?
Josephine: Of course. Some of the images by other photographers on Photo.Net are not only an example of a high level of experience, but also act as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me. When I see these masterpieces I think, “How was it possible to make this image?” I personally feel that Photo.Net is one of the richest sources on the Internet because some of the best photographers have the ability to show their works there.
JRP: How do you arrive at your use of color in the interpretations of your images?
Josephine: Everything depends on my mood. Any feelings can be vivid or dreary, saturated or colorless. However, I must confess that I like colors, different colors and you can see it in my work.
JRP: Take us through a little of your thought process as you prepare to hoot say a landscape with people in it. How do you come up with such great and moody skylines?
Josephine: Sometimes I’m lucky to make a good shot but often I mix several photos in Photoshop to come up with one image. Landscape, sky, objects, people, animals, birds, I shoot everything separately. I think it’s the same difficult work as a separate image because you need to have your own style and big experience.
JRP: The work of yours I have seen reminds me of paintings. Perhaps it is just me but is that part of your presentation style?
Josephine: I have never aspired to strike anyone with my images. I just like to create my own world and try to put my soul into my works.
JRP: What advice do you have for someone just breaking into photography with artistic intentions?
Josephine: I think what is most important is to be sincere to yourself, and work hard eternally.
JRP: To view more of Josephine Chervinska’ s work go to this link: http://photo.net/photodb/member-photos?user_id=1666008