Beyond the Shutter: Yegor Malinovskii
This interview is sponsored by Bay Photo
Interview by Tiffany Reed Briley
Hey Yegor! It’s great to meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in the Ukraine. After living in Texas and Colorado, I made Maine home in 2008. I try to live each day full of passion and have an immense appreciation for my family, life, work, adventure and photography.
When not photographing I work in the car business managing 8 dealerships, contributing to the local community, schools and raising two young boys with my wife, Krystal. I primarily shoot Maine landscapes, but also travel the globe whenever possible seeking my type of light in places that either are known or remote. Photography allows me to visit some of the most beautiful places in the world, get out of the city, the daily grind, and connect with nature in it's purest form.
Is photography your full time job?
No, it’s not. It is definitely more difficult nowadays to find the time to shoot having two super active boys under the age of five. Combining my family with the fast pace of the automotive business, photography has become similar to tasting your favorite desert while you are on a diet: little bites and portion control.
Photography is very meditative to me. I clear my mind, take a moment to enjoy nature but at the same time restore my energy and willpower for the day or weeks ahead. Is it a hobby? Yes and no. I think it's more of my second favorite dream job, pastime and memory.
If you have a photographic style how would you define it?
Dramatic light. Sometimes the images are dark but always very personal and emotional. Water. That is why when I moved to Maine I was instantly in love with the ocean. I try to incorporate some sort of water element in all my scenes. As to artistic style, I am inspired more by modern artists along with classics such as Marc Adamus, Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, Jimmy Chin, Alex Noriega, Ted Gore and Alexandre Deschaumes. I love color and drama but always was intrigued by black and white photography as well. Maine’s own Nate Parker or Neal Parent are truly inspirational to my style.
I should also add that music is a huge source of inspiration. I am a huge music fan so my pictures are nearly all styled and inspired by songs in my iPod.
Where was the last place you photographed?
I had an opportunity to travel to the Canadian Rockies last January and, wow, what an incredible area. It was very similar to Colorado, yet somehow completely different and with good food! Seriously, I can spend months exploring the area and never get tired.
What did you specifically love about the Canadian Rockies?
The variety of landscape. The young mountain peaks in almost any lighting – they are remarkable! Mythical in essence, the frozen lakes, the terrain of snow, and unpredictable cold weather conditions allow to shoot in many formats; abstract, telephoto, ultra wide, close ups, and intimate scenes. Limitless possibilities in such a grandiose environment was very exciting for me.
What was the last image you have printed?
'Coldest Heaven'. I chose to have Bay Photo Lab print it in metal with a floating wood frame in a 24x36. I feel the frame completes a refined look to the metal which otherwise can be taken as too modern or simple. My mom thinks its my best picture too.
Winter is my absolute favorite time to photograph. The air is very crisp and paired with amazing light reflected on the snow or ice, it’s pure awesomeness. This image was printed for the Maine Photography Show in Boothbay Harbor which is coming in April. The picture was taken in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire.
What’s your next goal in your photographic journey?
I would like to spend more time focusing on photographing more intimate scenes. I think ultra wide grand pictures are always going to be everyone’s favorite, yet, there is so much to explore in New England with a lens such as a 200mm or 400mm.
Next on my bucket list is Greenland and Norway. I am drawn to the vastness of uninhabited land, the open sky and air. Together, these stimulate my creative and adventurous side. The adrenaline, really feeling one with the earth and raw terrain is what allows me to capture my best work, and feel like my best self.
Interview taken by Tiffany Briley