SmugMug Corner #30: Iryna Smolych

This Friday's SmugMug Corner features Ukrainian "free photo artist" Iryna Smolych (also know around the Internet as Josephine Chervinska) - a great interview, and spectacular collection of photograph-based art.

Name: Iryna Smolych (also know as Josephine Chervinska)
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SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - Contact

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Iryna Smolych. I’m free photo artist from Ukraine. In the internet people know me as Josephine or Josephine Chervinska. I would not call myself a photographer but rather an artist who uses photos as a tool for creations.

SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - Majestic Lighthouse
Majestic Lighthouse

What is your background/training in photography?

I did not pass any specialized training. I learned everything by myself from books on photography, digital processing. I spent lots of time searching for the helpful information on the Internet, scrupulously studied photos of famous photographers. Moreover, I’ve got invaluable experience in composition of shooting frame and lighting when my husband and I were engaged in shooting musical videos and TV commercials (me as a scrip writer, my husband - as the director). We had to spend a lot of time for a set, and then about 10-12 hours per day to mount and process filmed material.

SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - To Be Together
To Be Together

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

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 who we were not acquainted with before. His magnificent nature and still-life images became the first push for me to take the camera in my hands.

SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - On the Road of Disappointment
On the Road of Disappointment

What equipment is in your camera bag? What piece of equipment will be added to the collection next?

My first camera was Sony DSR-828. Now I use Sony R-1 (hight-end prosumer digital camera with perfect Carl Zeiss lens) and Sony Alpha DSLR A-100, ten megapixel (CCD) digital SLR with double kit 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 and 75-300mm f4.5-5.6. I also use polarization filter and professional flash for Sony R-1.

SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - Unexpected Guest
Unexpected Guest

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

At first, I was taking pictures mostly of nature and landscapes but then I became interested in people pictures as well. I think that the best and most interesting models for photo are kids. They always behave themselves very naturally even when they see that they are being photographed. The Zoo is my favorite place for taking pictures as there are always lots of kids over there, and you can see real splashes of joy on their faces.

SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - With Last Rays of the Sun
With Last Rays of the Sun

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

There are a lot of great photo artists who are represented in the internet. The works of some of them in this or the other way certainly influenced my own style. There is a great number of wonderful photographers that can be mentioned. However, as I’ve already noticed, most strongly I was affected and inspired by the works of Vladimir Shulevsky. Bright talent of the artist, his endless persistence for perfection and fantastic knowledge of his business made a truly lasting impression on me.

SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - Lord of Souls
Lord of Souls

How long have you been Smug with your photographs? What features do you most enjoy with your SmugMug account?

SmugMug has been in my life for only about a year but I am extremely happy that such a web site exists because it gives me a great opportunity to stay more connected with people and share my photos with the whole world. I also like SmugMug for the fact that I can make my own interface and change it at any time.

SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - Dry Summer
Dry Summer

If you had do sum up in 50 words or less the impact SmugMug has made on your photography/photography business, those 50 words would be...

SmugMug is the only site which I trust and through which I sell my creative photos. Thanks to SmugMug people from all over the world can not only see my images but also buy them in any size and format preferred.

SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - Taste of Disappointment
Taste of Disappointment

If you had to give one piece of advice to those wanting to pursue photography, what would you tell them?

I think that the most important is to be sincere with yourself and to work hard towards achieving your goals.

SmugMug Corner: Iryna Smolych - The Best Time for Cats
The Best Time for Cats

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2008–04–25 17:46
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