Meet Fine Arts Photographer Oleg Oprisco. His impressive career started in a photo lab in Ukraine at the age of 16. Years later he’s still at it, creating remarkable images for everyone to enjoy. We asked him to answer a few questions for our readers.
1. How would you describe your unique take on photography?
Good idea + Preparing + Originality.
I love when the picture makes sense. The photograph must immerse into the atmosphere to tell the story. Ideally, a photo creates that same feeling people get when they see a movie or read the book.
2. Your photos involve models, props and unique locations. How much behind-the-scenes work goes into each shot?
It all starts with the little black book where I write down all the ideas. When I feel ready to shoot, after I’ve found the right models and the desired location, I start preparing.
I’ve found it ideal to do everything myself. I come up with a concept, create the clothing, choose the location and direct the hair and makeup.
When I was working at a photo lab, I would look at hundreds of photos a day trying to understand what the client wants and needs. Warmer, richer, brighter images always had better success. So, that dictated my choices.
I work with only the best. Nowadays, I am constantly experimenting. Before shooting, I plan the overall color scheme. According to the chosen palette, I select clothes, props and location, making sure that all of it plays within a single color range.
3. There’s a great shot on your site of a girl standing with an umbrella with streaks of paint dripping everywhere. Tell us about this shoot.
I painted the scene for several hours. The idea of rain paints is not new, but I have not seen such a picture, so wanted to show a moment after the rain.
4. Please share a picture that you’ve taken recently that you’re proud of. Please explain why.
I always like the last photo that I take, but the feeling passes quickly and I again want to create something even more complicated and more interesting
5. There’s a unique photo that you took of a woman holding an umbrella that’s on fire. How did you get that shot? Explain some of the technical aspects of capturing something like that.
This is a really difficult technique and I don’t recommend repeating this picture. The secret is in the umbrella. There are several layers that don’t burn, so the model is safe. Experiments on the material took me a few days. If you use an ordinary umbrella, synthetics will melts instantly and drip on the model. No picture is worth sacrificing safety.
6. In an age where technology is more affordable and easy to use, do you think this will hurt the profession? Explain.
I still use film. I like that photography is so accessible to everyone, but we need to understand that successful and popular pictures will always be original, interesting shots with a creative atmosphere.
I recommend thinking more about the organization, planning each frame and shoot, shoot, shoot. Practice is very important
7. What’s next for you?