Evgenij Soloviev is a photo illustrator from Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia famous for his surreal photo manipulations. This interview showcases some of his favorite works and inspirations.
Interview with Evgenij Soloviev
Tell me about yourself and the work you do.
My name is Evgenij Soloviev. I am 21 year old photo illustrator from Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. This year I'll graduate an University in the marketing sphere and planning work in this stream. In my view photo manipulation is the easiest way to bring the viewer any information. For those who can not draw, you can safely take up photography and work of these pictures with your thoughts. In my images are mixed feelings such as loneliness, despair, and peace of mind. All these states are displayed on the background of the epic landscapes. Many people think that all these feelings I've missed through itself, that's not so. One of reasons, why I do that, is to strengthen positions of the Russian designers in art.
How did you get started in what you're doing now?
I started off in the "Design World" in spring of 2005. At first I began with processing of photos with Photoshop and Corel Painter, then for a joke I cut out objects and placed them in non-standard landscapes. As I grew more serious, I started designing much more seriously. It is necessary to note that I the self-educated myself completely.
What programs and/or software do you use for your work?
To my mind choosing of software is one one of the important points for photo manipulators. Today, I use Photoshop CS4, Lightroom and Cinema 4D. The last program I use for creation various items and architecture's objects. Rendering takes a long time, since it is necessary to sharpen the object so that it's similar with photo.
How do you bring inspiration to people through your pictures?
It is rare that inspires me for doing something - basically images appear in my eyes when I wake up in the morning and I try it note it on a leaf of paper. Sometimes, listening to music affects me.
Who is someone that inspires 'you' in the work you do?
Perhaps, the largest contribution to formation of my images put Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison and their series of works "The Architect's Brother". I also adore photography by Scott Mutter and Jerry Uelsmann.
In many of your work, objects and people seem to defy gravity. Why is that?
Sense of gravity's lack in images gives to the viewer feeling that to be in place of depicted character. Feel that there are no borders or frames of everyday life.
Which piece of yours are you most proud of?
My favorite piece is "Time manager". It shows us the boy who dreams. I wished to show in these that at all standards, nevertheless to age, race, sex or time would be desirable in life. Structure's height is breathtaking
What would be one advice that you would give to someone that wants to learn what you're doing?
I want to tell the readers of the Photoshoptutorials.ws, try to make something strange, which can't be visualized in the head with words. Also, always try and look for new ways to express yourself in your art. Pay attention to the perspective and color.
Looking ahead, what are your goals?
I train their skills in using 3d. I plan to focus on the Sci-fi and create interesting designs and architecture. Maybe my image will be brighter and more cheerful.