Please welcome Portrait and Fine Art Photographer Alexandra Bochkareva to James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Alexandra for sharing time with us.
Alexandra Bochkareva: Hello! You are welcome! Thank you for your interest in my work.
JRP: Where do you call home Alexandra? Do you feel this environment is crucial to your creative process?
Alexandra Bochkareva: I was born and grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This is where I call home. Now I currently live in Saint Petersburg.
JRP: How did you get involved with photography? Do you have any formal training or assisting in your background?
Alexandra Bochkareva: I started photography in 2012 when I gave birth to my baby and unexpectedly got a lot of energy. 🙂 My camera was a “Zenit” belonging to my Dad. I was hooked and obsessed instantly. At that time I photographed my daughter, family members, and friends.
I had formal training during two weeks at photography school. Later I read many books about photography and I’ve tried many things in this field. So I could say that the most I know about photography is self-induced.
JRP: What would you say is your genre of photography? Would you name two photographers that have inspired and influenced your work?
Alexandra Bochkareva: My genre is Portrait and Fine Art photography. Portraits inspire me most of all. I think most of my works are not only the portraits of people I shoot but also the self-portraits.
I was inspired by different works of different photographers, but in a certain time period I was totally impressed by Oleg Oprisko’s works.
JRP: Do personal projects figure in the development of your vision and technique?
Alexandra Bochkareva: Of course personal projects are a most important part of my development as a photographer. They are what shape my future processing of the other projects.
JRP: Do you have a team that assists you with your projects? If so what roles do they play?
Alexandra Bochkareva: Mostly during the shooting, I do everything by myself but sometimes I have assistance from my daughter and my husband, they are my team.
JRP: What would I find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
Alexandra Bochkareva: You could find a Canon 650 D, my lenses (Canon 1.4 50mm, my favourite Helios 77m-4, Helios 44m, Jupiter 37A), and a reflector.
JRP: Do you prefer artificial or available light? What are your most often used light modifiers?
Alexandra Bochkareva: I adore natural soft light. Mostly I work in late evenings when the sun is low. The only light modifier I use from time to time is a reflector.
JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use?
Alexandra Bochkareva: These days I use Adobe Photoshop only to convert, retouch and correct the images.
JRP: As you look through the viewfinder what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?
Alexandra Bochkareva: The most critical moment before clicking the shutter is getting the right emotions from my model/models. There is no one element but emotion that is more important for me during a shoot.
JRP: Name a shoot or project that opened your eyes to the distance you’ve come as an artist.
Alexandra Bochkareva: I hope every personal project makes me a better photographer. It is all about shooting. The very special moment for me is when I see that an image has come very close to what I visualized in my mind.
JRP: Do you have any planned exhibits of your work?
Alexandra Bochkareva: These days I have no planned exhibits. I wait for best times and best works.
JRP: If not photography what would Alexandra Bochkareva be doing with her time?
Alexandra Bochkareva: If not photography I would spend more time playing with my daughter, drawing and reading.
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Alexandra Bochkareva: Some of the best advice I got from Alexander Borisov. He has taught me to be more critical of myself. “Show your best only. It’s all about details.”
JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers?
Alexandra Bochkareva: Love what you do! Follow your instincts during the shoot.
JRP: Thank you Alexandra for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you, and I wish you continued success.
Alexandra Bochkareva: Thank you too, I was glad to answer your questions.
JRP: To view more of Alexandra Bochkareva’s photography please follow these links: