How did you get started with this type of artwork?
“Taking photographs has always been an enjoyment for me. Whenever I would look at my photographs I couldn’t help but imagine manipulating them into something else. If I saw a portrait of someone, I would start creating ideas in my mind of how to make the portrait more creative, and “outside the box” style. The problem was I didn’t know how to do that, until I met photographer Bob Gibson. Mr Gibson was a lovely man and a brilliant artist. His specialty was nature photography, but he manipulated his work and showed me how. We spent a few hours in his office, at the end he gave me a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements, from there, I started creating my own style.”
What inspires you to create?
“I wouldn’t say there is one particular thing that inspires me. I get inspiration from anything; films, books, music, social events, another person’s artwork, or simply having a good conversation with someone.”
At fifteen years old you started manipulating photos, how old were you when you start taking them?
“Actually I always had a camera growing up, but it wasn’t till I was twelve years old when I really became passionate about photographing. I started with nature, then moved on to people.”
What is your culture background?
“Aside from being born in the U.S.A, I am a mix of Italian, Russian and Canadian.”
Where are you from?
“Answering that question is a little complex. I was born in New York, but raised in Ukraine since I was four weeks old. I’m still figuring out where to say I’m from.”
What was the first piece that you ever manipulated & how long did it take to be completed?
“The first piece I made is actually on my website. It’s the first artwork you see on the main page. Its entitled, “Pieces”. It took me a week to complete it. That photograph always makes me laugh whenever I see it. I remember vividly how it was created. I didn’t really know what I was doing then, I was just experimenting. The person in the photo is actually myself. I stood in front of a window to make myself a silhouette. I had the camera set on a self timer and propped up on a stack of books. The photo manipulation process was messy but in the end it all worked out.”
Are you working on anything new? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it?
“At the moment, I’m finishing a new series of artwork. The style is a little different from what I usually do. This work is closer to pop-art. I recently travelled to Cuba, I got a lot of inspiration to make an art series. That will be showing on my website soon. In the series you will definitely see old cars and the rest will be a surprise. Also, I’m working on a series to help show awareness of human trafficking. That will be shown later in this year.”
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