Spotlight Interview … Portrait and Fine Art Photographer Alexandra Bochkareva


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:

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