Today as part of our photographers to note series we’ll present to you Elena Shumilova.
I came across her work by accident, through some content curation and inspiration websites and this picture of the boy in a winter wonderland quickly won me over.
Elena not only has the gift of playing with light, but also captures emotion in a personal way. I thought to myself I want to learn more about the person behind these amazing photos so I contacted her for an interview. Here’s what I found out.
Raised in a small town near Moscow, Elena studied in a common school, but her passion for music an art went along. The passion for art followed her through the Moscow Institute of Architecture where she practiced sketching and painting.
“I suppose it is sketching and painting that defined my feeling of style in photography and composition.”
After her graduation, she practiced design and architecture for several years. 2012 is the year Elena started photography, when she got her first DSLR. “Soon after – in the summer – I upgraded to Canon 5dmark2 with a 50mm lens.” sais Elena.
After getting the new camera photography became an integrated part of Elena’s live.
“I’ve been shooting every day and processing the images at nights. By autumn I felt I found my own way of approaching photography.”
After a while, she got a new lens, the 135mm one, which became her favorite one. “Almost all spring and summer photos this year were made with that lens.”
The subject of light had to come up, since it is the factor that give to her photos the magical feel and depth.
“When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image.”
Elena largely trusts her intuition and inspiration when she composes her photos.
“I get inspired mainly by desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is.”
Article by Raluca Piteiu. You can find the Romanian version here.