Photography has been with me for as long as I can remember. In my childhood, my father had an old Zorki camera, the Russian Leica II copy, and he had a habit of developing film from our trips in the darkroom. That place with unfamiliar smells and substances had a unique charm for me.
I always asked to be there and learn the process of film development for myself, as seeing the blank paper turn into an image was magical to me. Later on, I was accepted to the Faculty of Art and focused on visual arts and analog photography.
Over the years, I have moved almost completely to digital, though film and analog still hold a special place in my heart.
It all started by chance. While I was in Switzerland, I noticed a moving neon ad of a woman with a scarf when right next to her was a real woman with a scarf that had a very similar shape. The image and the woman were talking to each other. I liked that moment and saw an interesting story.
Because we are surrounded by coincidences, it is often difficult for us to pay attention to them. The camera is an amazing tool to preserve the moment and, in the perspective of time, also to infuse it with additional meanings. I believe that the best moments are continually around us. Since reality is the best director, it's something hard to plan ahead.
While doing street photography, you can stand at a certain point and wait for a certain “perfect” placing and still be surprised by what will happen a second later. Although it may sound like a cliché, the best photos really happen by coincidence.