All EYES ON ALEX KINOVA
Editor: Yvonne Krühler
How and when did you come up with the idea of working in photography?
It was about 6 years ago while I was studying my degree in massmedia communication when I said to myself that I would like to do something creative. And photography was probably the closest field to me that I could easily imagine myself to dig into and fall in love with. So I started.
Where do you get your creative inspiration from?
If taking portraits, my creative inspiration usually comes from the person / muse standing in front of my camera. When shooting more editorial stuff I concentrate on the mood / feeling I want to get from the shooting. So most of the time it is about the emotions I want to bring into the photograps.
How would you define your own photographic style?
My photographic style can be defined by 3 words: natural, sensual, spontaneous,..
Please name one (or more) photographer, whose work played a significant role in finding your own personal style in photography.
There are many photographers whose work I follow and admire but if I had to pick 2 of my most admired ones, they would be Damien Elroy Vignaux and Kesler Tran.
Are you using your own standard equipment? Which camera and lenses do you use mostly?
I shoot with a Canon 5D mark II and I have only 2 lenses – Canon 85mm f1.2 L II USM and Sigma 50mm f1.4, but 90 % of the time I only use the 85mm one.
What, from your point of view, are the major challenges in photography?
The major challenges in photography I see in trying to find and define your own style. So if people see your photo, they know right away (or at least might guess) that this photo was taken by this and this photographer. But nowadays it is really a bit tricky to distinguish yourself from the massive amount of photographers out there.