Who I Am

Without realizing it, my thoughts about photography and other visual arts began when I was only 6 years old while living in an orphanage in Rudnyy, Kazakhstan, a sparsely inhabited, dark and dreary country located in central Asia. In 2003, I began my journey to a new beautiful country, America, with my new parents. My life in the orphanage was a gloomy, dull black and white photograph. I longed for the rest of my life to be a spectacular color photograph – a kaleidoscope. This was genesis of my passion for visual art.

I use photography and film as a means to document the world around me. I use the changing light of day to stimulate my mood and create visual dreams. I use portrait photography and film to forge new relationships and tell stories of interesting people that I observe in the world around me. While shooting a photograph or creating a film, I create drama by using just the right amount of light and darkness.

I continue to pursue my passion through my current position as Assistant Photographer for the University of Florida Athletic Association and as a freelance photographer, videographer, and filmmaker in Gainesville and South Florida. There are great moments waiting to be discovered everywhere, every day and I always have an eye out for that electrifying image.

For more information on my work, to contact me regarding employment opportunities, or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch.

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