Interview With Yegor Malinovskii

Yegor Malinovskii talks to Tiffany Reed Briley about his birth place in Ukraine, his move to Maine and his incredible passion for landscape photography and his photographic style

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 ...

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