“My wife makes pictures of anything comes into her hands and anywhere," likes to say my husband, and that is true.
Indeed, everything I see, meet, get or buy may have a photographic interest: from exotic water lilies in Longwood Gardens
to a simple beauty of wildlife flowers; giant plants and small colorful fruits; wildlife animals and domestic pets;
neighborhood kids and marvelous characters of Old Sturbridge Village.
I see pictures everywhere with my camera. It may be an old car I captured on a highway while driving home;
an osprey hunting for fish; an antique hand painted decanter or a whimsical frost pattern which covers last fall puddles.
I’m always with my camera and ready to travel.
Fascinated with the bird world, I do long trips to get photographs of wildlife ones, and delight photographing my backyard birds attracted to bird feeders at home.
I raise roses in my garden with a great passion, and the roses reveal in love with me in replay on my pictures.
The beautiful shapes and colors of fruits magnify me so much, that I’d prefer to photograph them rather than eat :)).
First what I do before creating a still life composition, I discern exam items to be set up looking for that subtle something
that makes them so different and alike at the same time. I hold them in my hands to sense their live warmth and feel stories they may tell me.
I don’t merely juxtapose my objects for a composition. I choose and select objects by repetition of shapes, lines, and textures.
Then I mix and match them by colors and moods. Yes, they do have their own mood, believe me.
Their shapes and colors may look bright and merry or dark and mysterious.
They can be looking soft and innocent, or harsh and insidious. The set up of a still life composition should be like a good orchestra:
many different musical instruments with different voices, but singing one beautiful melody.
I try arrange the objects by the way they look interacting, so the whole composition seems like a live-still story.
All my little characters and still life props are real toys, figurs, or statuettes, which I like to collect as much as to photograph.
The small world of theirs is usually set up with flowers and plants of my garden, arranged with my drawing,
and combined with some matching parts of my other photographs.
After a main photo session, I work in my digital dark room making these greeting funny stories.
My little characters mostly act on my studio work or kitchen table.
Using the kitchen table for my photo stories doesn't make my family members very happy with.
However, I look so happy and totally involve in the photographing process, that I’m always forgiven for the inconveniences, even if the dinner comes late :)
When I'm happy just with the original shots of my photographs, I may add just a little enhancing touch to the photos for a polish printing look.
But in no doubts, the most interesting for me is to create new pictures, new stories from my photographs, altering them by the way I see, touch and sense the world.
I touch the world with my pictures and the world gets closer to me.
My dear visitor, we're united by this world. Let’s try to see it, look at it...It is beautiful!