Alexander Pisarev was born in 1983. Graduated from International Academy of Management & Business, but in 2007 he took a great interest in photography and made it his profession. Oriented towards long-term, self-generated projects.

Alexander Pisarev

Alexander Pisarev. From the private archive

Bleek Magazine: What is art for you? Give a definition of art photography. Do you consider your works as art?

Alexander Pisarev: It’s hard to tell what art is as well as it’s hard to tell what love is. Every definition for such kind of words and phenomenons is too narrow. People much wiser than me have reached a deadlock trying to give a definition of art. Art is a way to explore the life and it’s the life itself at the same time. Besides, art is the only thing which deserves your time, efforts and even life because ants, dolphins and other animals do all the other things people can do, except art. Art is the goal of humans as a species.

As for the second part of question, I’m not a theorist or an arts critic. I’m always very careful with any kind of definitions, especially when they are relating to photography. In my opinion, boundaries between photography genres in modern world became so illusory, so it’s not interesting to discuss them anymore. And it’s exactly not my prerogative to define my work as art or not art.

Alexander Pisarev. The photo from “Phobia” series

Bleek Magazine: What do you think about artist’s vision in photography? Did you have it from the beginning or was it developed over a long period of shooting?

Alexander Pisarev: I suppose, people get the most of talents including vision when they are born, but on an infant level. Not always one has conditions and will develop these talents. It is unlikely you can develop anything more than technical skills while shooting. Development is a much more winding way. Everyone has got his own path.

Alexander Pisarev. The photo from “Phobia” series

Bleek Magazine: Which part does mind take in the creative process? Do you act at random during shooting, relying on intuition, or do you plan all your steps in advance?

Alexander Pisarev: It depends on the matter of a project. If I realize my ideas in a studio, I try to prepare everything in advance very carefully. On the other hand, if I work on documentary project I just walk and react to things which are relevant to the project context. Excessive planning works badly with photography I’m interested in.

Alexander Pisarev. The photo from “Phobia” series

Bleek Magazine: What do you think about “soul” in photography?

Alexander Pisarev: It exists, if it does, in a photographer himself but not in his pictures. Photography is just a projection of artist’s thoughts, feelings and his level of talent.

“Photography is just a projection of artist’s thoughts, feelings and his level of talent.”

Bleek Magazine: What do you think about technical component of photography?

Alexander Pisarev: I think nothing at all about it. It’s like asking a pianist what he thinks about structural features of piano. Technics is technics. Neither form, nor content depend on it.

Alexander Pisarev. The photo from “Phobia” series

Bleek Magazine: Light serves as the basis for making a photograph. How do you use light? How deeply does light influence your works?

Alexander Pisarev: I adore observing all the light shades to feel delighted by the way light modulations affect perception of reality.

Alexander Pisarev. The photo from “Dream Office” series

Bleek Magazine: Why some photographers living in the age of colour pictures choose black and white film? What’s your opinion about this choice?

Alexander Pisarev: I worked with black and white photography for a long time. I liked its graphic and abstractness. But now I need realism given by color. It’s just two different languages you can use to say the same.

Alexander Pisarev. The photo from “Dream Office” series

Bleek Magazine: What’s your opinion about beauty in photography? Should it always be the goal for an artist? How do you think, have art photography influenced on humans attitude towards the beautiful in visual arts? What’s a beautiful picture for you?

Alexander Pisarev: My attitude towards beauty is extremely positive. My last project “Waste life” aestheticizes things being far away from being meant beautiful. It seems for me, art can’t talk about beauty in its content but subconsciously real art harmonizes reality, creates an order from chaos. Art cuts off needless but keeps the main thing and it creates beauty. Art photography had no influence at all and will not have any influence ever. I don’t think some art has ever influenced something. If a person seeks for beauty he will find it everywhere not only in art. But if this person is indifferent to beautiness art is powerless here.

“If a person seeks for beauty he will find it everywhere not only in art.”

© Bleek Magazine. Translation: Kseniya Cherepanova.