Alex Kolodyazhni is a professional fashion and beauty photographer, who was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He wasn’t shooting beauty or fashion photos from the start, because he had no idea how to do that. Alex was shooting some nature, some portraits and different experimental things. All that trained his skills so he started with fashion photography.
Which place do you call home?
My home is my family. You can go and fly wherever you want, you know. But still the place which you call Home will be the place near your friends and family.
Are you self taught or schooled?
100% self taught. In each specialty
How did you get into photography?
Well, it’s an interesting story from my life. Let’s say that there was one person, who claimed that I will never become a photographer in my life. I showed the opposite
How long have you been a photographer?
For almost 10 years now. Wow.
As you look through the viewfinder, what is the most critical moment in capturing your image?
The moment itself. It is always the moment, emotion.
How would you describe your style?
Right now I’m working on “casual beauty” style, but I want to work more in fashion industry and I think soon you’ll see some different “me”, if you can say so.
What do you think makes a truly memorable photo?
That’s a hard question. I have no idea…
I guess it could be the story behind the picture, behind the curtains.
We know each of us has someone or something that inspires our life and work.Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration?
It can be anything. It can be color of the wall, it can be music, arts or works of other photographers. Or it can be a word, or the texture of the mineral, or even a dream. I always record my dreams, if it’s possible, because there’s so much creativity out there, you can’t even imagine.
What does fashion mean to you?
We all know that fashion is an art form. It is pure art.
And I love art since I was 5. So it means a lot to me. Art is a place where you can do whatever you want and no one can stop you. Isn’t that freedom?
What’s the craziest/funniest thing that ever happened in one of your shoots?
Alright, here it comes. Well, I was shooting one model of mine, and her boyfriend didn’t know about it, neither do I. So, we were at her place, in the bedroom, you know, doing some shooting. Some poses, erotic, lingerie, etc. So, we’re shooting and this guy walks in. It was pretty awkward, but no one got hurt.
What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?
Another hard question. I can’t answer that in one sentence. There are dozens of different photographers, not only fashion by the way. Nick Knight, Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, Terry Richardson, Mario Sorrenti, Mert&Marcus, all the big names you know, I guess. If you want some new names – Joseph Tran, . I’ve found his works online, awesome. Separately, I want to emphasize Annie Leibovitz for her incredible courage and contribution to the art of photography.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
DSLR only, right now my camera is Canon 5D Mark III.
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
I think it will be 50mm lenses. Because it shows how a person sees with his own eyes. Well, almost. Let’s say it’s more natural than the others. Without much of distortion.
What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
My eye and my finger.
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
Very important. Retouching is a very powerful tool for any artist. Don’t hesitate of using it.
How important is a website and social media for your business?
Also, very important. You can showcase your work to any person in the world. Definitely “must do” thing.
Do you listen to music while doing your shooting? If so, what are you playing right now?
Every single time. Right now I’m playing Thom Yorke.
What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?
Practice. Just shoot, improve your skills and you’ll be fine.
What lies ahead for you?
I have no idea. And that’s challenging.