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Ilko Allexandroff: Interview: Understanding the talent of a Portrait photographer

Ilko Allexandroff is a highly talented portrait photographer you may remember me featuring a while back, he really does create portraits than define beauty! I love the lighting, location and natural elements of his work. Enjoy this interview with the man himself where he shares some of the secrets of his success.

Asuka @ Deyashiki 出屋敷 桜 @5:30am

How did you get into photography?

I got into photography after I came to study in Japan in 2008. When i came to Japan I got a small portable camera so I can send photos to my friends back in Bulgaria, and it was very interesting to just snap around. I loved the feeling that by taking a photo I show something I’ve seen to people in a way, that they may have never seen it before.

What inspires you to create the work you do?

There are 3 different things that inspire me to do my photography, first its other photographers amazing work, I can spend hours just watching beautiful photography. Secondly, it’s the feedback I get, if people are happy seeing what I’m doing, that’s a really good feeling for me, and I’m motivated to keep on taking photos. If they criticize me, I’m still motivated to improve. And thirdly, we all see so many beautiful things in our everyday lives, and sometimes I think it’s such a waste not to capture those moments so we can make other people happy by seeing them.

Asuka @ Kitashinchi / 北新地

What is the most satisfying part of the photographic process for you?

The most satisfying thing for me in photography is when I see other people enjoying my photos, no matter if it’s the models I’m shooting with, my friends who are viewing my photos or even the client I am shooting for. Often when I am some shooting for work and my client is clearly happy with my work, then I’m really motivated to do more and more, but in order to achieve the best I can I have to work really hard!

What do you aim to capture in your images, are their specific messages in your photography?

The things I aim to capture in my photography are to reveal the personality of the people I’m shooting. So when I photograph somebody especially if it’s the the first time, I try to ask them about their interests, hobbies and possibly try to use the interests/hobbies as part of the photograph. For example if they play some music instrument I might use it in the photo. Every person has own their character and charm.

@ Banpaku Park

Do you use any specific techniques in your work? (i.e. HDR, Long exposures)

My photography is mainly based around using off-camera flash lighting. I am trying to experiment a lot and try different lighting techniques. Usually when I upload photos online I try to write a whole description of how I took that particular photograph, plus I recently have enjoyed including some OFF shots and describing the process of shooting. I believe it’s interesting to the viewer to feel the atmosphere of the photo shoot itself.

What are your future ambitions for your photography? Where do you want to go with your work?

Having high ambition is what helps us all to improve more. I also have high ambitions, but the most important thing for me to do…is to be able to please one of the most difficult people in the world to please… myself! The more I’m taking photos the more it’s difficult for me to be satisfied with my own work and sometimes I’m even afraid of my own high standards!

Asuka @ Amagasaki / 尼崎・寺町

How do you create such stunning portraits? What in your opinion is the key to a successful portrait?

Actually I don’t really feel that I’m creating stunning portraits, but I want to be able to do that one day in the future. Anyway, the most important thing for me when I’m shooting portraiture is the communication with the model. If the model trust’s me and we have good rapport then it’s easy to get a good expression from them. While I’m taking photos you might see me doing so many stupid things to lighten the mood and I would really do ANYTHING to make the people around me have a fun time, that’s why I like photography.

Thank you for taking time out for the interview Ilko, to see more of Ilko’s work simply click on any of the above photographs.

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Freedom II: More Photography from the Streets of Japan

After the beautiful additions from Japan yesterday, I thought I would continue the Japanese flavour this week with some work from a photographer who has been featured on the blog before.

These are some of Freedoms latest additions to his flickr page, some really impressive black and white street photos which have alot of mood and intensity to them. They really capture the feel of a fast paced city in a powerful fashion.

Simply click the photos below to see more of Freedom’s work…

japanese Street Photography blur fast paced black white

Japan Street Photography candid people black white

Japan Blurry Street Photography black white fast pace

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Ilko Allexandroff: Japanese Portrait Perfection

Introducing to you the great Flickr photography talent that is Ilko Allexandroff, he is a Bulgarian photographer currently based in Japan. His work is very creative and unique and I immediately noticed how his work stands out from the crowd. As you can see , his work is vibrant, has deep and rich colour and the lighting is perfected. Really impressive professional looking photographs are the result!

Especially the featured escalator photograph… Incredible reflections and symmetry! If only that photograph was one of mine…

To see more Ilko’s outstanding work simply click on any of the below images.

Me, Myself and I stunning powerful portrait girl escalator japan photograph

japan model pose beautiful portrait photography

japan street model beautiful pose perspective colour photography

Dreaming of Something Nice pretty model girl photograph stunning colour

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Freedom II: Powerful Japanese Street Photography

Another taste of Flickr brilliance today from a photographer who goes by the name of Freedom II. As a tribute to all the people in Japan who have suffered great loss and are now working to rebuild their magnificent country after the recent Tsunami, I thought I would include some Amazing Street Photography from Japan.

These photographs are great captures and show the beauty of urban Japanese streets, to see more of Freedom II’s work, simply click on the photos below.

Great powerful Japan Street Photography

Great Japan Street Photography

Great Japan lines reflection Street Photography

Great Japan street photography portrait candid people

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Japan Tsunami: 20 Unforgettable Pictures

As many of you are most likely aware, Japan is facing huge devastation at the moment and are now facing the prospect of rebuilding their country after the devastation caused to them by the recent Tsunami. Events like this, truly are a tragedy for all involved. The Japanese have been extremely resillient for many years now living with numerous earth quakes, rarely though does the devastation escalate to this level.

I have a huge respect for the Japanese and there numerous achievements in the manufacturing of cars and electronics. Japan has a proud history and continues to be a global leader in production of high quality technological products. While other well known brands that symbolise quality have began letting their standards slip, Japan has remained at the forefront of producing high quality goods. They remain a proud, strong and stable nation and I look forward to seeing them bounce back from this set back.

My best wishes and thoughts go out to everyone affected!

Some ‘Unforgettable’ photos from the National Geographic Magazine- Click link- Japan Tsunami: 20 Unforgettable Pictures.