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I AM “VIC BAKIN, I’D CALL MYSELF A PART TIME PHOTOGRAPHER”

Who are you and what are you doing?
I’m Vic. I’d call myself a part time photographer.

Have you had any educational experience in photography?
Not exactly. I started taking my first pictures at fourteen or fifteen with an old camera called FED-3 (named in honor of Soviet revolutionary Felix Dzerzhinsky) and I didn’t like at all what was coming up. I love cinematography. Works of Lance Acord, Christopher Doyle, Harris Savides and many others can teach you a lot about light, composition and movement.

Most of your photographs feature the naked male body. What is so interesting about it for you?
The people in my photos are mostly friends and friends of friends. I started to explore how the light affects the slenderness and the roughness of the male body, its narrowness. It is distinctive and decisive thing. At the same time I don’t like to be too poetic and too conceptual about that. What engages me is a spontaneous everyday-life kind of approach.

Your photographs are a mix between still life and nude photography. For those images you use often young male models. A way for you to make these subjects interesting for the youth?
I hope it’s interesting for anybody. Hopefully I would love to characterise most of my work as “everyday life meets colour Robert Mapplethorpe meets big soft bed”.

What does the youth express in your opinion?
Youth express its unquestionable energy. Vitality in those faces and bodies.

Your photographs often have something to do with sexuality. Is that a subject which engages you?
For me sexuality is some kind of force for the living. A spark.

How is it to be a young and rough photographer in Kiev? Do you think you could totally express yourself like you want to?
There’s a lot of creative people here in Kiev. And a lot more freedom today. Ukraine, maybe slowly but somehow, going in right direction.

What is the advantage of analog photography instead of digital for your work?
In analog there’s light reflection and kind of fuzziness different from those in digital. Sometimes it gives you an unpredictable magic. Furthermore, it does all the work for you (just joking).

On what kind of project are you working right now?
Portraiture and documentary still are a study for me. It’s an endless search. And sometimes you don’t think of those things and just grab your yashica and click.

Find more of his stunning photographs on his Flickr Account
or his website.

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