Hi Art! To begin with, how has your day been so far?
Hi! Today I was shooting the Toyota Supra (Mk IV) and Nissan Fairlady Z (350Z), two awesome cars for my current personal project which I will soon present on my website.
We’re very much enjoying your beautiful landscape photographs on Kuvva. However, can you tell us more about the mastermind behind them?
As you may already know, my name is Art Lasovsky, I’m 22 years old and I live in a nice city called Murmansk. I love photography and it is my one true passion, but also I like to play the electric guitar, listen to music, watch movies and find inspiration around me. And I love to be with my family and friends.
You started off with photography more or less as a hobby, how did you manage to turn it into your career?
After graduation I accidentally decided to buy my first DSLR camera (it was Nikon D40). For about 6 months, I just started to shoot pictures, but didn’t feel anything, it didn’t do anything special for me. But one day, I made a shot and tried to edit it, and the result was so cool that I got inspired to do more of these things… I started to walk around the city with my camera and shoot everything around me.
After a few month I saw that one of the local venues were looking for a photographer to shoot rock concerts. I wrote to them and ended up working for them. It was very positive experience for me, because the light on the stage changes so fast forcing you to have to react rapidly and you were required to set the right aperture and shutter speed at the right time. Finally I tried different other genres of photography and finally decided that commercial photography was the best fit for me. I can’t say how, but I felt it was the right thing for me.
You’ve experimented with several genres before you settled with commercial work and landscape photography. What made you decide to settle with those genres? As I said before I tried concert photography, I also have experience with wedding and event photography, and more and I must say I was pretty good and people like my photographs, but I wasn’t passionate about the work I did. But when I started to shoot commercial work, I clearly understood what I needed to do and what I wanted to achievel. It’s not about the money, it’s simply about how passionate you are. I love the process. Landscape photography is more or less a hobby of mine.
The selection of imagery featuring this week on Kuvva is simply stunning! Can you tell us more about them? For instance, are they all from the same location?
This summer we had few trips in our region, most of the pictures were taken on a trip to a place called Titovka. Only two pictures of the set was shot in Murmansk city. Thanks to the Polar weather I was able shoot outdoor with the wonderful sunlight setting. For me, photography is all about getting the right light setting, I love to see how the light drops on different places, objects or surfaces.
Are there any particular shot you’re really proud of?
Actually I never post shots that I personally don’t like, so I can say that I’m proud of all the work you see on my website or Flickr by me.
Can you tell us more about the equipment you use that made these shots possible?
My main camera is a digital medium format SLR - Hasselblad H4D-31 with a kit lens HC80mm f/2.8. It’s an amazing camera, it was my dream to have one for a long time. Before that, I had two Nikons - first, a Nikon D40 , very cool camera, I loved it. After that I had a Nikon D300, it a was good and reliable camera. Then I decided to purchase a Hasselblad because it’s suitable for 100% of my photography style and I was required to use some extra accessories like a Waist Level Viewfinder, which I wasn’t available on 35mm cameras.
My work computer is a MacBook Pro 15” and an iMac 27”. I have used Apple devices for about 7 years and it has worked perfectly for me. I also use a Wacom Bamboo for retouching purposes for my photos. As for software, I work on a Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, use Hasselblad Phocus raw converter to import, sorting and edit photos, and for retouching photo’s I use the Adobe Photoshop CS5.
The pocket camera I use is an iPhone 4S. I learn really fast when it comes to using new technical devices, I think I got it from my Father. So whenever I get a new camera or something else, I try to learn how to use 100% of its features.
Do you have other passions other than photography?
Yes, I love music, play the guitar… I also love Formula One, cars and automobile design. I love to enjoy good works in any sphere of arts. My current personal project involves shooting rare and interesting cars in the Murmansk Region.
What tickles your creativity?
I don’t have any real idols, but I love to see people doing things what they love, because it’s always really inspiring for me.
The website I often visit:
fstoppers.com - many interesting Behind the Scenes videos.
creativelive.com - a lot of workshops for wide range of themes.
htv.hasselblad.com - Behind the Scenes videos with Hasselblad users.
I continuously look for interesting photographers on Facebook and subscribe to them. I also always look for inspiration and new photographers on flickr, behance and tumblr.
Got any essential tips for aspiring photographers out there?
You can’t learn how to ride a bike, if you only will read about it, you need to ride it and make mistakes. It’s my main principle… If you want to do something, you need to just do it, because if you really want it, you can achieve your goals. And I NEVER do something purely for the money, it’s simply not me, I need to feel passionate about the project I before I can deliver 110% results. I’m always open to communicate and collaborate with creative people, so if you have questions or want to just talk, feel free to get in touch with me :)
Thank you for your interview!
Thank you for your interest! I love Kuvva, hope it will become better and better.
Celebrating Creativity with Art Lasovsky
This week’s featured set is by Murmansk-based photographer Art Lasovsky. His wonderful landscape imagery is now available on Kuvva to visually awesome up your desktop. View his set here.
@artlasovsky / artlasovsky.com/ Kuvva Set
Hi Art! To begin with, how has your day been so far? Hi! Today I was shooting the Toyota Supra (Mk IV) and Nissan...