Christine Tynkevych is a professional photographer from London and is our latest Starnow Spotlight Interview competition winner. When we checked out Christine’s portfolio of work we were really keen to share it with you. Read the full feature interview below to discover which modern day fashion icons Christine is inspired by, what she enjoys photographing most and what sports she enjoys when not working.
Q: How did you get into professional photography?
I think just like everyone else does. It started as a hobby and then became something more.
Q: What do you enjoy most photographing? What makes a good photographer in your opinion?
The result: a piece of beauty that you have managed to capture.
I deeply believe that a good photographer has to be able to see the beauty that other people don`t notice. It doesn`t matter whether you work in photojournalism or in fashion. You need to have this vision to be successful.
Q: How has the last 12 months been for you?
Full of impressions, excitement, new acquaintances and work.
Q: Who inspires you?
Many people. I`m inspired by those who are not scared to challenge themselves and are eager to always try something new. I`m inspired by people who are talented at everything not just something particular. I call them the Da Vincis of our time. A vivid example would be Patrick Kinmoth or Aliona Doletskaya (the Russian Anna Wintour). But there are many, many more.
Q: Which modern day fashion designers or fashion icons do you look up to?
I am a Chanel fan from head to toe; therefore I should answer by naming Karl Lagerfeld. He is by the way one of those «Da Vincis» of our time.
I also love the work of Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Tom Ford.
Q: Do you prefer using film cameras or digital?
All of my works were made with a digital camera. Nevertheless I`m thinking of doing my next project using film.
Q: Do you prefer to shoot on location or in the studio?
I prefer location. Firstly, I don`t like using artificial light, I always try to use as little additional light as possible. Secondly, it gives you a lot of freedom whereas the studio provides you with a very limited space.
Q: Do you have a specific style of photography that makes you unique?
Well, people keep telling me that I have one. I guess, I just don`t know how to name or describe it.
Q: Do you have a favourite photograph?
It`s really strange, but no, I don`t have one.
Q: Who is your favourite photographer?
There so many photographers whose works I like, often they`re not even famous or well-known. Speaking of fashion photography these are undoubtedly Mario Testino and Tim Walker.
Q: What does fashion mean to you?
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Yves Saint Laurent
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in the future?
I`m only hoping that whatever I will be doing in the future will make me happy and satisfied with my life.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I take a bath. With music, candles and wine.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
The only vacation I can dream of right now is to be somewhere high up in the mountains with my friends. Living in a chalet, snowboarding during the day and drinking mulled wine in the evening.
Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?
Slow Club -- Two Cousins
Gotye&Kimbra -- Somebody that I used to know
The Velvet underground and Nico(1967)
Q: Do you have any interesting hobbies?
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for aspiring photographers what would it be?
Work hard, don`t waste time and always believe in yourself.
Q: What motivates you to do what you do?
The biggest motivation is knowing that what you do makes you feel happy. And my friends are always there to support me, whenever I`m losing this motivation.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I have been working as a photographer for the last three years, but last year I decided to try myself in film. Today I`m a film student and although photography is still an important part of my life I`m putting all my effort to succeed as a director.
Editor’s Note: Christine Tynkevych has an incredible soft, sensuous and commercial style of photography that lends itself to a multiple array of requirements. Definitely one of Urbanity Chic’s Ones to Watch!
If you’d like to see more of Christine Tynkevych’s impressive portfolio of work or het in touch, just follow the links below:
facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1197980181
Some of Christine’s video work:
-- fashion photoshoot: http://christinetynkevych.tumblr.com/post/12802131900