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Interview of a Street Photographer - Matvey Z

Each week we would like to feature one of our members from the Street Photographers Community, ask 10 questions, share their images and their insights.

This week we have the great pleasure to interview +Matvey Z
You can check out his fantastic work in his G+ collections:

interview by +teresa pilcher

1. Please tell us a little about yourself: Where are you from? How did you get interested in street photography and how long have you been shooting this genre?
I’m originally from Ukraine and moved to New York in 1997. I remember my first film camera was a point and shoot by Vivitar. So I started to take pictures of everything I found interesting. I’ve been shooting streets on and off for the last 10 years. New York is a Mecca for street photography so I can’t miss this opportunity.

2. Do you have a camera or lens of choice?
My current camera is Nikon D7100 and 50mm lens. Also, I use my old 35-70 mm lens for street portraiture.

3. How often do you shoot at Street?
It depends on my mood… could be 3-4 times a week.

4. Do you shoot any other genres?
I like to travel a lot and to bring memories in pictures from my trips. I also do landscape photography.

5. Are there any photographers who have inspired you?
One of my favorite painters is Salvador Dali, I think that’s why I like photographers like Rodney Smith, Kyle Thompson and old school photographers like Henri Cartier Bresson and Helmut Newton.

6. When you process your images, do you have a preferred editing system?
Each image is unique so I don’t have a standard schema for post processing. It all depends on how I feel at the moment. As for tools I use Lightroom, Photoshop, Macphun Tonality Pro, and some filters from the Nik Collection.

7. Is there any advice you would give to beginner Street Photographers?
Just do what you feel is right and follow your intuition. Learn your camera and fight your fear to get closer to the subject. You will get used to it and you will realize how much fun it’s to talk to strangers.

8. Are you formally trained or self-taught?
Self-taught. But I’ve taken several workshops and participated in The Aracnum (on-line learning platform)

9. Why do you shoot Street?
I love the feeling when I can catch The Moment. That’s what I’m looking for when I go outside. Street photography also helps me understand the nature of people. To see, catch, and present their feelings.

10. Three words that best describes your style....
Moment, feelings, love.

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Toronto monuments - color

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Enjoying the sun in Nottingham

1/1000 at f5. ISO100, 43mm.

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Doorway that let you to see a great sightseeing. Guayaquil-Ecuador D5500 23mm; f/5; 1/2000s; + 0.7V; ISO 500; Aperture Priority

#WeeklyChallenge #Doorways

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1/600s f/8.0 ISO400 FUJI X100
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