INTERVIEW

April 15, 2020

CATCHING GLIMPSES OF LIFE

IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEXEY STRECHEN

Photography by Alexey Strechen
Interview by Melanie Meggs

Alexey Strechen is a Belarusian photographer currently living in Moscow, Russia. Only just at the beginning of his photography journey, Alexey likes to capture glimpses of characters on the street.

TPL: Alexey, when did you start getting interested in photography?

AS: I started taking photographs regularly quite recently, in March last year. My girlfriend made me have an Instagram account. At first, I did not know what I could upload to the network. I found photos from a trip to Italy and began to post. Then I picked up a camera and went outside to make some extra stuff. And here we go.

TPL: Where do you find your inspiration?

AS: Inspiration in street photography is quite simple. You just need to force yourself to go out and start taking pictures until the first one that interests you. The rest will flow like a river.

TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance?

AS: Alan Schaller is the first person whose Instagram account I show people when they ask me this question. I am motivated by his photos. I would like to be able to develop thoughts and plots in photographs the way he does.

TPL: You are new to photography, describe your style?

AS: Over the year of experimenting with colors, lighting, and composition, my idea of photography has changed a lot. The first six months I took pictures on the Nikon D3200. The lens was catching everything that was around me. As a result, my photos were like a set of completely different pictures. Now I’m trying to find my own style.

I guess I don’t like photographing just architecture, just people or just nature. I like to capture moments in the photo. The faces of the main characters in my photographs are usually hidden in whole or in part. The final photographs often turn out a little gloomy, but from this the moments become only brighter.

TPL: Where is your favourite place to shoot?

AS: In street photography, you’re constantly looking for new places. I like what I'm doing now in Moscow. There are many places for experimentation. This allows your photos to reach a new level.

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography?

AS: Canon EOS 80D is my main content creation tool. But equipment is always in second place. This is just a tool that helps you realize your ideas. The most popular photo at the moment in my account was taken on the iPhone XR. I was afraid to continue taking pictures on Canon in such rainy weather, but I took a couple more pictures on the phone until I caught a man running across the road with an umbrella.

TPL: Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?

AS: No I haven't.

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

AS: Now I'm working on creation my first portrait series. Stay tuned!

TPL: "If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...

AS: I’m not a professional photographer. Photography is my hobby and only a part of my life."