Name: Ilona D. Veresk
Birthday: September 9
College: Artistic lyceum in Izhevsk
Color: 30% Grey
Book: Fahrenheit 451 of Rae Bradbury
Movie: Too many and too different. Maybe Fight club, 99 francs, The book of Eli
Food: Italic cookery
Quote: When you begin to think you are successful just take a look around and you will find another goal (own)
Luxury Cars: Ford Mustang 1969 is a car of my dream.
For how long have been in photography? How did you start? I started my way as photographer about 3 years from now. Before this, I used to work with painting and matte-paint (creating collages from photos in photoshop combined with digital painting). It was popular genre for filling cd-covers for music bands. It was interesting thing and some revenue for that my age. However, now I prefer to create real decorations, I dressing up my models with handmade props sometimes, as in the start of my photographic career. Most of photographers started to study from shooting people who are familiar of yourself, I’m not an exception.
Photography is a main job for me. I started as freelancer when I was 16 years old, it became a great experience for further life. Closer to my 18 years I started to travel on Russian cities and finally stopped in Moscow. This city inspires me, after all boring things I saw before. However, I’m missing the nature, i’d love to see more beautiful places here: like wild forests under my window or small nice rivers and lakes, or giant fields, but i see grey boxes of houses around me. This way the nature becomes my lead-motive in art.
How would you define yourself as an artist? My photography is maybe a romantic and strange side of me, which is full of infantile curiosity to the whole world. Everyone can see something peculiar in my pictures, and I don’t want to create borders for fantasies.
Where do you find inspiration? Nature is my huge inspiration, but I’m also inspiring by the people I’m working with: My models, stylists, make up artists. People in this industry are really interesting and creative with their own vision.
Why do you do photography? Because I can’t do this as well as i see that, it’s like a quest
Were you always interested in photography? Wonked out, yes. In my deep childhood I always loved to look at the magazines and pictures in advertising, but I didn’t know what is “being photographer” and what it can become my profession.
Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life today? Tim Walker, Nick Knight, Eugenio Recuenco and haute couture of Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Valentino, Agnieszka Osipa, Zuhair Murad and more.
What was the defining moment that made you want to become a photographer? This moment I somehow missed, maybe I was too carried away.
Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts? Everyone has his own methods. Brainstorming for me is just a small part of pre-production process. Sometimes ideas comes from life experience, sometimes from color combinations i saw in nature, sometimes i can look at the glass of water on the sun rays and catch new concept. This way brainstorming is a thing which allows me to regulate the thoughts in my mind and give the right course of creative searching for me and for my team.
Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology? Digital technologies gives us really great opportunities and I’m joyful when I reading about new devices. Some of this items is working on the magic as for me. However I don’t know how my works looks like if we lived before the popularization of digital cameras and computers. Modern tech can makes the process really faster, predictably and more cheap than the film.
What type of camera do you use most? I can use any camera if I need that, no matter, which brand you are keeping in your hands, most of the modern cameras are good at doing its work. But my favorite here from tested is Hasselblad. I’m not an owner of such expensive one but when I worked with it i fall in love with a quality of the camera and of my images. Casual projects i shoot with Canon.
What is your favorite lens? Mostly i use Canon 24-105 f/4L. It’s universal, but unuseful when i you try to shoot in the dark.
What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
My first work with foreign client, it was a time when i just started to study english language, and it was really funny sometimes. My customer was from USA, but we are found the understanding with my client and later my work was represented as campaign for his company on NAMM music expo, the girl with the beautiful custom guitar.
What are your favorite three images you have shot recently? I can’t choose. I like every of which i’m using now in my official portfolio in the context of series, of course.
How important is an awesome website for your business? Maybe not so important as your socials. Instagram for example, most of my clients are from there. But I trying to moderate all of my pages including website. I improving it constantly to make it simple and understandable.
What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have? His own life experience and vision. Also the meticulousness to details sometimes playing its role.
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction? My best project is a project which i plan to shoot tomorrow. I’m always running to get something better, that’s why receiving an experience from my next work is a most desired thing ever. I like it as a whole production process, but most of interesting thoughts about who I am and what I do in photography industry i received shooting “Rustling in the reeds” series.
Who are the photographer’s you admire the most? Tim Walker, Nick Knight, Eugenio Recuenco, Mario Testino, David Lachapelle, Annie Leibovitz, Christian Martin Weiss, Solve Sundsbo, Bruno Dayan, Jhang Jingna (Zemotion), Craig Mcdean, Miss Aniela, Zena Holloway. Also i like the works of my compatriots like Uldus Bakhtiozina, Ekaterina Belinskaya, Anna Radchenko, – they are are out off the beaten paths.
What about architects and designers? Hm, it’s boring a little bit. What is about sculptors? I like the works of Kris Kuksi, Motohiko Odani, Antony Gormley, Yayoi Kusama.
What are your next projects? Collaborative educational projects with companies Broncolor and Wacom. There will be something really interesting, but no more words, shh..
Define KLASSIK MAGAZINE for the audience? Klassik for me is an independent magazine about art with its own style. Unique one i think in arrangement of material.