Photographer Anna Chernyakova believes that “magic surrounds us every day, it is even in the most ordinary things.” With the help of photography, she discovers the fabulous in everyday life and seeks to share this revelation with her audience. About herself Anna told.
My name is Anna, and by profession I am a manager. Rather, it was until 2010. I was on maternity leave with my twins then and realized that I did not want to return to my previous job. But I also did not have awareness of who I am and who I see myself in the future. Everything turned out by chance. I shot children for a family album and, looking at the photos, I realized that I was not happy with their quality. That is, the pictures in my head did not at all coincide with what I saw in my pictures. Then I found the first book on photography on the Internet and began to delve into. You can say that captured me immediately, it was that spark. If they told me ten years ago that I would be engaged in photography, then I most likely would not have believed it. But accidents are not accidental, and what is really yours will surely find you.
And for six years now I have been doing what I love. Now my work is my hobby, my personal type of relaxation and my way to meet new interesting and creative people. This is an attempt to look at the world a little differently, noticing the little things and finding the beauty around you.
I studied all the basics and subtleties of photography on my own, since there is no lack of information in our age of the Internet. My style in photography is a kind of mix of everyday life and fairy tales. With my works I want to show that magic surrounds us every day, it is even in the most ordinary things – in fluffy snow, in a sunny bunny on the wall, in young spring grass, in the smile of a child.
About the genre
The genres in which I work are few. This is a macro shot, portrait and shot of animals. I decided on the choice of directions very quickly – I just decided to shoot what is closer to me. The main genre, of course, is macro. This is my main love.
About creativity and commerce
I differentiate shooting based on the principle of 70% creativity, 30% commerce. In my opinion, if a photograph becomes a conveyor belt and is perceived only as a work, soon inspiration and passion leave it, it becomes stereotyped and boring. It’s like baking the same cookie every day: at first it seems interesting and the process captures, but by the end of the week it is just a set of mechanical actions without any emotions.
About communication with customers
I always quickly manage to find a common language with clients, in particular during portraiture: I just ask them not to pose under any circumstances. I am for naturalness in the frame. Let the pose turn out not as in the textbook, but the person will look organic, simply because it is so convenient for him. Macro photography is more difficult, you cannot ask a flower to turn and lean, so sometimes you just have to sit and wait for the right light or breeze. I call such moments “frame hunting”.
About the criteria for a good photo
The main criterion for a good photo is when you looked at it, went on, and then suddenly you wanted to come back and look again.
About inspiration and sincerity
For me, inspiration is everywhere. Only when I started doing photography did I realize that the world can be viewed differently. Just stop and enjoy the beautiful sunset – that’s it, all my life I’ve been there, in your city, every evening, but you didn’t notice it. Or watch how snowflakes shimmer in the light of a lantern. Inspiration does not need to be sought, it is always there. You just need to stop sometimes and have a good look around.
I find it difficult to determine what is sincerity in photography. I think that any picture is sincere, because the photographer reveals to us his world, his vision, the emotions that he experienced at the time of the shot. This piece of his world is probably sincerity.
Vision, style, presentation, skill – all this is the result of long and hard work and self-improvement. I believe that nothing is given to a person in a 100% volume and fully loaded. There are certain inclinations, but the choice is always his: either leave them in their original form, or develop them. As they say, talent is only 1% of abilities, the remaining 99% is hard work.
Self-improvement for me is first of all an analysis: what do I need to do to make it even better. And after understanding what I need to pull up, I select literature, etc., on this part.
About public recognition
I would now lie if I said that I do not care about public recognition. Well, who doesn’t like to be stroked by pride? Although lately I have become easier to relate to competitions and victories in them. I used to be upset about the second place, but now I don’t even worry about the tenth. If you choose your favorite business, then you need to stop proving, and first of all to yourself, that you did the right thing. All grades and competitive places – this thing is so subjective! A jury of five people decided that you did not reach the prize place, and two hundred people thought your picture was cool. I believe that if you like something, then you need to do this without regard to the opinions of others; and of course, under the Criminal Code
I work with Nikon 3200, my favorite lenses are 35 1 \ 8 and 50 1 \ 8. I’ve been with this camera for four years and I’m not going to change it yet.
About the impact on my work
I could say that my work was influenced by the works of Bresson, Gregory, Ivona Podlasinsky, Shumilova, but no – I just like their photos, I like their vision, but I will never copy or try to imitate them. Because I want to shoot like me, not like them.
About the goal in photography
I don’t have a specific goal, I just do what I love. I will be known – well, no – this is not critical.