The future belongs to those, who believe in the beautyof their dreams.

In my childhood memories, cameras and printed picturesalways aroused my genuine interest, they created the fairy atmosphere for us –little boys. However, at that time I had no opportunity to go in for professionalphotography.

It came into my life later and through another hobby – traveling. My family, my friends and I - we all together have visited a lot ofinteresting places in Russia and other countries for two decades. I always hada camera during our adventures. My photos were quite amateur at the beginning, but over time they began to convey feelings, observations and relationships. Thephotos have become much more than just a snapshot.

The most memorable and interesting trips wereexpeditions to Kamchatka, Gorny Altai, Spain, Greece, Australia, Mongolia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Laos and Cambodia.

The camera has gradually become my companion not only whiletraveling, but also in my everyday life. I decided to try myself inprofessional photography seven years ago, combining regular shooting with mymain job.
As an art form, photography is very democratic andaccessible to many people. The number of genres and trends is so vast, that everyonecan find something to meet one’s interests. Undoubtedly, reaching the toprequires talent like in any other creative professions. However, determination, perseverance and diligence also play an important role.

For me, a photo becomes a piece of art, when it combinesthree components: composition, light and emotions. If they all unite in oneshot, it means that the photo is good enough and worth of existence. The most important for meis the situation when the watcher, looking at a particular photo, becomes aparticipant of the action, and his own story is born in his imagination. It is especiallyvaluable, when a photographer manages to look through the picture into thehuman soul or convey the mood.

Many of my pictures are monochrome. Black-and-white photography allows to concentrate primarily on the emotional component of the picture. It cuts off unnecessary details and focuses the watcher's attention on the mostimportant. A black-and-white photo quite often erases time boundaries.

I am interested in street and documentary photography, where the role of staging is minimized and the rule "decisive moment" comes to the fore. The works by Cartier Bresson, Eugene Smith, Elliott Erwitt, Romualdas Rakauskas, Vladimir Lagrange are my favorite ones.
Interesting and emotional moments arise in the courseof shooting continuously one after another. The task of the photographer is to foreseeor even to anticipate the next moment, to show up at the right place at theright time.

Over the years, my works participated in many contestsand exhibitions, which opened new opportunities for me, including communicationwith people passionate about photography and sharing of our experience.

Member of the Russian Geographical Society and the Russian Union of Art Photographers.

email: alexandr.shilov@gmail.com

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