Maria Klimova – an interesting photographer and interlocutor. How diverse are the styles in which she works, so are the unexpected turns of her thoughts. In fact, not everyone will draw a parallel between the picture and the announcement of the sale or hear Rigoletto’s aria from the orange peel.
I am a television and radio journalist by education, but I have not worked much in my specialty. The circumstances were such that after graduation I got on the set and worked for several years in film production. There I started shooting for myself. On the set, it’s easy to get a good picture – dozens, and sometimes hundreds of people, construct around themselves a completely different reality, and this is exciting. And then I met my future husband, and when he saw my amateur pictures, he said that I had talent. And I was glad to believe this, because I was not attracted to journalism at all, and I was tired of the rhythm of the movie.
I started shooting six years ago. I study photography using all the resources available to me, read books, and look through the works of other authors every day. I took a career at Photoplay, and it was a powerful impetus for growth. But the more I study photography, the clearer it becomes to me what a huge body of knowledge has not yet been mastered.
About the genre
Previously, probably, in view of my specialty, I thought of myself exclusively as a documentary filmmaker, and any production hated me. Now I work a lot in the studio in the portrait genre, but I continue to love street photography. And for me there is no contradiction, although many do not like the “multi-worker”. But it seems to me that it’s like with ice cream: someone has eaten chocolate all his life, someone has vanilla, but I like ice cream in principle.
About commercial photography and creativity
These areas are delineated by life and the market. And I am a “gutta-percha” photographer and am always ready for dialogue and experiments with stylistics. Working on the references, I, of course, listen to the opinion of the client, but at the same time I will never shoot what I am not interested in.
About understanding with customers
With the exception of rare attacks of misanthropy, I love people. When you love, you are open, and if you are open, then it’s much easier to agree.
About the criteria for a good photo
Good photography is poetry: Rimbaud, Whitman, Mayakovsky, Lorca, Dylan … Most often it is impossible to explain, but you feel it. And other pictures – like an advertisement for the sale or a song from the repertoire of Russian Radio.
Sometimes you have to flip through hundreds of references, and sometimes an orange peel will sing “Rigoletto” to you. But it hardly makes sense to seek inspiration somewhere outside yourself.
About sincerity in photography
Sincerity in photography is for me a kind of too complicated concept. But when it comes to honesty and sincerity in photography, I recall Henri Cartier-Bresson. We all know him as the author of the theory of the decisive moment, but there is a story that completely changes its entire context. Upon retirement, Henry came to the Magnum archive and with a pin scraper less outstanding “decisive moments”. At some point, they simply stopped letting him into the archive he created. Here you have the sincerity in photography.
About the vision
I think that you can develop a vision. It’s just someone easier to do it.
About the character traits of the photographer
Photography is a study of reality, therefore, for the photographer, all the same features are important as for the researcher. Plus a sense of color, light and composition.
I constantly read, watch and study. But the most effective incentive, of course, is professional envy. Not the one that nibbles you at night, but the one that forces you to challenge yourself and each time raise the bar to a new level.
About public recognition
For me, public recognition is important. And, frankly, I would greatly envy a person for whom it does not matter, but so far he has not met me.
About photography masters
For me it’s Martin Parr, William Eggleston, Helmut Newton, Nobuyoshi Araki. Recently inspired by Rinko Kawauchi and Ryan McGinley.
About photographic equipment
I use the technology of Nikon, Olympus, Sony.
About the goal in photography
Being an up-to-date and sought-after photographer at the age of 85 would probably suit me perfectly.