Nowadays in professional photography, the use of digital aides is very common. Digital cameras and graphics editing software assist photographers in order to create the perfect image. Consequently, one may ask how much reality is actually depicted on those pictures?
Being aware of this, Oleg Oprisco created this remarkable series of pictures by abstaining from digital aides. Oprisco used two analogue cameras, the Kiev 6C and Kiev 88, both known as inexpensive and sufficient alternatives in the medium film format camera market. However, Oprisco does admit that in the end he still needs some basic software editing since he needs to remove specks of dust and correct the coloring in the final images.
So how did Oprisco develop his nostalgic attitude regarding photography? It may have been the fun he had while working in a photo lab when he was 16. So nowadays, when he prepares a shot, he does not need a keyboard, nor a mouse. A simple pen and notepad will do the trick.
Nevertheless, enjoy these inspiring pictures with a nostalgic touch. What do you think of today’s approach to photography? Especially considering the constant use of software like “Photoshop”? Is that model on a magazine cover actually a real person? Comment below if you like!
“Each one of my photos is a scene from real life. That is the perfect source of inspiration for me as there is so much beauty to it.” -Said Oleg
“Of course there are my own changes that I add to the reality, such as characters, props, location, and light… I am constantly involved in a search for inspiration and ideas.”
“I’ve found it ideal to do everything myself. I come up with a concept, create the clothing, choose the location and direct the hair and makeup.”
“I often hold workshops and it’s very funny sitting in front of many photographers with $2000 – $3000 cameras and lenses, and on my table is an old Kiev 6C, which is worth about $50.”
Oleg became interested in photography at the age of 16 – he started taking photos of friends and acquaintances.“At age 18, I moved to Kiev, where I became an assistant to a well-known advertising photographer. We worked together for four years, but that work did not bring me pleasure. There was no creativity, only commerce. When I was 23, I started from scratch, taking my own photos.”
Oleg has some advice for beginner photographers: “Shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. What else to say? Drop your job and shoot … if you feel that’s what you want. Freedom, happiness, money… all will come after you let go and just shoot.”