Interview: Antonina Zazulina
Luca Curci talks with Antonina Zazulina during the 18th edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Antonina Zazulina is an art photographer currently living in Sweden. Antonina is a very versatile photographer. But no matter what she photographs, she tries to capture a unique moment, emotion, and mood. One of Antonina’s favourite genres of photography is art portraiture. She is very inspired by the emotional portrait of her characters, which allows you to reveal the inner essence, inner world, emotions and dreams. Her task is for every participant in her photo shoot to see the finished portrait and say: “Yes, this is me, me, the way I am.” Having the education of a cardiologist, an economist-manager and a photographer, Antonina settled on making her dream come true – photography. And she devotes every step she takes to that same childhood dream.
Luca Curci – How did you get into photography? Do you remember why you took your first professional photo?
Antonina Zazulina – I have been taking pictures since I was 7. My grandfather gave me my first DSLR camera. Photography was his hobby. Every Sunday we went on a photo hunt. It was street photography where I learned the basics of composition and fell in love with photography more and more. Since then, I have always looked at the world as if I had a camera in my hands. My dream has always been to make photography the main thing in my life. My first professional photograph was a portrait of a friend of mine for a book she wrote. It was at that moment that I realized that portraiture is my favourite genre in photography.
LC – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
AZ – I don’t really understand the phrase good photo. Are we talking about the correspondence of photography to certain canons or about light design or composition? In my opinion, photography should evoke emotions. And it doesn’t matter whether these are good emotions or emotions of sadness, melancholy, even anger. Any emotions mean that the photograph made an impression on the viewer, and made man stop and think. The photograph made an impression on the viewer – this is the best assessment of my work. That’s why I focus on making the photography as honest as possible. And since my favourite genre is the portrait, I try to help my hero reveal himself as much as possible so that when the viewer sees his portrait, he sees him with his heart.
LC Among the several techniques you use, which one do you prefer to practice and which of them are most compelling for you?
AZ – The best technique is impromptu. I certainly make preparations and plan every shoot, but I always go with the flow. The chemistry between the model and the photographer is important. Understanding each other and joint creativity leads to amazing results.
LC – What do you think about art on social media? Are they turning into the new showcases of contemporary art?
AZ – Of course, social networks are a denial of reality and it is stupid to ignore them. I personally actively use Instagram, because it seems to me a very convenient platform for a photographer, where you can see your entire portfolio at a glance and make a conclusion whether this is my photographer or not. The photographer has the opportunity to create his own virtual exhibition and that’s great!
LC – What issues do you intend to deal with in the future?
AZ – I would like to shoot a portrait report in a nursing home. This is where the life journey of many people ends. what did they end up with?
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
AZ – You successfully combine photography, performance, and fine art. The theme of the exhibition allows the artist to reveal his full potential and creativity.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
AZ – The theme of the exhibition is unique and logically unites different areas of art.
LC – What do you think about the ITSLIQUID Platform?
AZ – Your platform allows thousands of artists worldwide to showcase their art to the world.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AZ – The event was perfectly organized.