Award-winning artist Alexander Sviridov reveals the secrets of his spooky images
Based in Ontario, Canada, Alexander made his own mark on fine art and horror photography. Often using himself and his daughter Iris as models, he creates a classic pictorial style in his modest home photo studio.
Alexander’s photos have won several international photo awards in some of the biggest photo competitions, such as Trierenberg Super Circuit, 35Awards, WPE, VIPA, Photocrowd, Gurushots and Viewbug.
This month, we caught up with Alexander to learn a little more about his unique creative process, digital manipulation techniques, and the equipment and practical effects he uses to create his digital images. You can find more of her amazing work on her Instagram.
“After studying fine art for seven years, I started to try other genres such as realism, impressionism and abstract. I moved to Canada in 2000 and it was very difficult to find a job as an artist, but using more skills able to get a job as a graphic designer.
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“In 2012 my three year old daughter Iris walked up to some flowers in a vase and leaned in to smell them, the natural light from the window fell beautifully and created an elegant scene. became a much needed epiphany that I was looking for, because at this point I hadn’t done anything artistically for 15 years, but from that moment I knew photography would be the answer to my creative hiatus.
“I have always been a fan of the classical masters of painting and have a keen interest in surrealism. I am influenced by my favorite artists, such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Dali, combined with some of my own pizzazz, I have come to my own style of photography. Many of my photos are edited to appear as if they are paintings. I am constantly on the lookout for new and creative ideas to project them into my artwork.
“While I don’t just specialize in the horror genre, a lot of times ideas come to me with horror elements and then I have to figure out how to make the image come true using my camera and editing. While I like to use models when I can, usually myself or my daughter posing for photos, because it’s a fun way to spend time together. “
See the slideshow below for more on Alexander’s incredible work.
01. Canon EOS 6D
“I have used this camera for over seven years and it is still as powerful as my main work device. This is a super lightweight Canon EOS full frame digital SLR at a very affordable price, plus it’s perfect for traveling. It has a modest 20.2MP resolution, which is good enough for the types of images I love to create. On top of that, it has excellent color rendering and low noise level. It works well even in harsh weather conditions, like in the rain. “
“This is my favorite lens because of all the lenses I own this one produces the clearest and sharpest photos. It can be used for all kinds of shots, macro close-ups, let’s say a person’s eye, to landscapes. The autofocus is fast and quiet and the lens is made from high quality materials. It is also dust and water resistant. I use it extensively for over five years and it still operates like new. “
“I use this lens primarily for portraits, in my opinion it’s Canon’s best budget portrait lens for DSLRs. This lens is convenient to use, light and compact, and it also finds focus. It also offers a nice blur and even bokeh. I only use prime lenses because I find they offer the best sharpness and I don’t mind going back and forth to zoom in with my feet.”
“The Canon 40mm f / 2.8 is the perfect all-day lens – it’s super small and light, that’s usually what I leave on my camera when I’m not shooting, so my camera is always on. ready to go. It is often used for the digital collages I do, as the wide 40mm focal length is better for fitting more into a scene than my 85mm and 100mm lenses. I find it to be sharp even at f / 2.8 and has high contrast with no visible distortion.
“To consistently illuminate my subjects, I use this handy, battery-powered wireless flash. The AD200 is powerful, light and compact. It offers good quality for a low price. It can be used both in the studio and in the studio. outdoors. This flash can produce a very short flash duration: 1/13000 s at the lowest power setting. I have used it to take pictures of splashing water, and the fast flash has very well frozen the image. “
“This FotoPro tripod comes with me everywhere, even in my studio. The tripod is made of high quality carbon fiber material, so it is also quite light. It is ideal for photos of wild animals, outdoors and adventure, as well as taking my composite collage images, where I have to take multiple images which will all line up perfectly in Photoshop. It is easy to carry and the legs fold upside down, which makes it makes it compact for storage and transport. “
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