July 20, 2020
Photography by Ahmet Hojamyradov
Interview by Melanie Meggs
Ahmet Hojamyradov is a photographer from Minsk, Belarus. Over a year ago, Ahmet started his photographic journey as a hobby. Even though having experimented with many genres, landscape is now where his passion mostly lies. His landscapes remind us of our true smallness in comparison to the overwhelming beauty of nature. He shares his images from his recent travels to Georgia.
IN CONVERSATION WITH AHMET HOJAMYRADOV
TPL: Ahmet, when did you start getting interested in photography?
AH: A year ago, I had a tough time. My friends, Alexey and Valeria motivated me to try photography as a hobby. I have loved it since then.
TPL: Where do you find your inspiration?
AH: Mostly, I find inspiration in traveling, people and buildings.
TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance?
AH: Peter McKinnon, Alen Palander, Kai Böttcher, John Bozinov, Hannes Stier, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and many others. There are a lot of great artists whom I adore. But Peter is the one who influenced the most. I love his approach to shooting and editing his photos and videos
TPL: Has your style of shooting changed since you first started?
AH: Yes, it has! I started with architecture photography. Then it smoothly changed into landscape photography. Nowadays I do landscapes, some astrophotography and a pinch of portraits.
TPL: Where is your favourite place to photograph?
AH: I love shooting in the mountains and cities.
TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out? Any tips you have learnt from others?
AH: Yes, but not always! How you use your equipment is much more important.
If you are new to photography, I would recommend not to get stuck in one style. Experiment with various genres! Sooner or later you will level up your photo game in general. Passion and diligence, I guess . To become a good photographer, it is essential to know everything about your camera. You will spend less time to set up your camera, that you can focus on your shot.
TPL: Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?
AH: No, I’ve never been involved in the artistic world before.
TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?
AH: In the nearest future, I am planning to do some portrait series. Please, stand by!
TPL: If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...
AH: Probably, I would create music.