year of birth: 1981
Q1: When did you start making art?
If by “art” you mean “photography”, then it was pretty late, when I was 23 y/o. But I enjoyed making music long before that. And drawing too. Although I’m not good at it.
Q2: What does inspire you?
All kinds of darkness, emotions connected to it. And feminine beauty obviously, as a medium, not in erotic sense.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I’m a half photographer/half retoucher. The original photos are just a beginning of my work, even if I used film camera during photoshoot. I like simple but striking images so my techniques are about bringing some specific elements while hiding everything else.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
There’re many I guess. I’m attracted to dark beauty, a sense of desolation, an images of inner demons (in psychological sense).
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
It changes as I progress (or regress) with what I do. I’ve started with full colors. Then red (hot colors generally) was a dominating color and I think I still have some photos in my gallery from that period. Then it was the opposite, depressive cold, blueish tint and generally lack of colors. Now it’s mostly black and white. Partly because of my recent passion for film photography.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I need more practice, that’s for sure. And I really need to put more work into original photography process, working with models, make-up artists, preparing scenes, etc. Often I lose many good shots because I wasn’t paying enough attention. That’s disappointing.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I don’t at the moment. But I expect the following summer to be full of artistic events.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Kostassoid.
Reflexive, inquisitive, contemplating.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I don’t think I have it anymore. I tend to delete old pictures quite often and relentlesly. But one of my first images which survived till this moment is this HERE. It’s very raw and low quality with naive retouch technique but I still love the true feelings it emits.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Many things. I’ve already mentioned the changes in my retouch preferences. My methods of conveying the ideas became more subtle, less obvious symbols, less unimportant details, more focused on what I have to say.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I’d say essence of life but it could be a self-deception. One thing for sure, art is essential to my survival and growth as a person.