Please Introduce yourself
My name is Taras Bychko. I’m 30. I live in Lviv (Ukraine).
What made you start with photography?
I bought a photo camera after my child was born for photographing my family. Before that, I didn’t have the desire to do photography.
Why do you take pictures and why street photography?
The photo is what I really love. I like using a camera to explore and memorize the modern society and the relationship between characters and their surroundings. I try not to limit myself to a single genre. For me, street photography is a photo about life in all possible manifestations
Describe how you shoot, do you follow a specific approach or is it more spontaneous? Is there something specific you look for when taking pictures?
Actually, a good street photo is a luck and a present. But luck comes only to those who work obstinately. I don’t like to plan routes. I like to devote to the shooting process completely, become one with the flow of the urban environment. Often can happened situations that I find myself in completely unexpected places, which I would never have appeared obviously. Precious observation and spontaneous intuition are the most important for a street photographer, combined with a complete stomach and comfortable shoes, of course :)
How often do you go out to take pictures?
The camera is always with me, because we don’t know what awaits us for a turn. By the way, very often I take pictures in the intervals between work and home
What gear do you use? (analog or digital) and do you think gear is important?
I use digital cameras almost always. The feelings that I get from the shooting process are very important for me. The camera should be a continuation of the hand. This is probably my most important criterion, which I use in choosing a camera. I found these feelings in Fujifilm cameras. By the way, I became the first Ukrainian X photographer few months ago
Color or B&W? Please explain why
This is an interesting question and I have found the answer for a long time: the scene, on wich I direct the lens, itself dictates - a color or a black and white photograph. Now I want to explore color more, though my early photograph was mostly black and white
How important is the editing phase to you? What’s your editing process?
Basically, I'm taking a photo in JPG and I try not to interfere in the photo. I think that it’s better when I less interference
Have you ever had moments without motivation? If yes, what do you do to get new inspiration?
Yes of course. But I really love “the creativity crisis”. They allow me to stop and look back. I can do self-examination and self-criticism in such moments
Which photographers do you admire?
There are many photographers that I like. But my favorite are Harry Gruyaert, William Eggleston , Constantine Manos , Boris Savelev, Daido Moriyama
Would you still take pictures if social media didn’t exist?
Yes, of course
Do you have any specific project going on?
In street photography - no
Would you like to give any advice to newbie street photographers?
If you really like what are you doing, you have to go to your aim and to trust only to your heart and intuition
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