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Portfolio: Ilya Atlas

In today’s portfolio — Ilya Atlas from St. Petersburg who specializes in street photography and is convinced that a good photographer needs a good audience.

Ilya Atlas Age 28

Photographer from St. Petersburg. Studied Math at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. Exhibited his works in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, and Poland. Participant of Innervisions, a travel exhibition of street photography. In 2012–2013, curated the student exhibition Politekh Photo, judged by Sergey Maximishin and Pavel Markin.

— My love of photography started with museums in my childhood, digital camera at school, and meeting the right person in my student years. Today, I photograph on an Olympus OM-D and iPhone, and before that I used Canon DSLR cameras for five years.

I shoot in the street and travel genre. I am inspired by the street itself, its rhythm, sounds and smells. I am interested in people, their emotions, and interaction with each other. The shape, the color, the light, the atmosphere — to make you want look at this photograph for a long time.

I just want to say ‘Hi!’ to the audience, and then have them understand me without any more words. Photography in the modern world is a way to share some beauty, emotion, story that you noticed, without words.

I just want to say ‘Hi!’ to the audience, and then have them understand me without any more words.

I would like to never lose interest in creativity. I think that the creative process can have no aim, the point is just to be in it. My main job is unrelated to photography, so I don’t think that much about the financial side.

To be a good photographer, you need enthusiasm, love for life, and a flexible mind. A good photographer always has something to say, a good photographer masters the visual language. To be in demand, you need a good audience — I think that few people now are ready to take time to think about a photograph because of the excess of visual information and the feeling of the lack of time.

Few people now are ready to take time to think about a photograph.

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