Photographer | set designer
Hello, friend! Now, you’re in my holy of holies! Here is the place where I store all my most precious things! My art, my characters, creatures and monsters. I hope you will love them!
First, a little about me.
♡ My name is Yana, I was born and grew up in Ukraine, but now I living in New York City (USA) already 7 years.
♡ I started my way when I was a child as an artist, then continued my studies with design at the university, now I combine all this experience and takes a pictures in the end.
♡ I have a wonderful family and friends. They all helps me with everything.
Now, I’ll probably tell you more about my art.
♡ I started taking pictures in 2012. I studied simply in practice and watched YouTube tutorials.
♡ On my photographs, I reflect my inner world. I like to revive fantastic and surrealistic paintings from my imagination. Each character has his own mission and story that can be unraveled.
♡ I used to make a lot of photoshop manipulations and compositing on the pictures, but now I try to do everything as real as possible. This is harder, but no less interesting.
♡ Each photo project is very important for me, I will never go on the photo shoot, if I have not thought out everything to the smallest detail.
♡ Preparation for the shooting can take from a week to six months. I do not regret time for a good result.
♡ Almost all my props and costumes are selected / made by me and my assistants. I always have a drawer of tools, fabrics, cardboard, paints and much more near me. I adore to create setting.
♡ I do not have a warehouse for suits and props. After filming, a lot of things have to be disassembled or disposed. Favorite things are stored in closets and attic.
♡ Retouching takes up to 10 hours. For me, working in Photoshop is like jewelry-making, so I’m never in a hurry.
♡ I'm using Nikon full frame camera and 50 mm, 135mm Nikon lenses, LED lamps for lighting.
♡ I take inspiration from everything. Especially from modern artists
♡I do a thorough research, making mood-boards, draw sketches and light scheme before every project.