There is nothing more uplifting than an adventurous spirit. One of our top contributors, Galyna Andrushko has a special gift for catching the waves of wanderlust and creating beautiful art in the process. Today she shares with us her story, her experience and her unique talent.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience as a photographer.
To be quite frank, my whole life has revolved around the urge for adventures and most of all, adventures into the wild. From this, comes my geology background, my successful job in the business of selling equipment for extreme sports. I left my job when it got in the way of my travels, took interest in landscape photography and made my way to the stock market. It’s been 20 years and I can’t imagine traveling without a camera in my hands (under any circumstances).
What is your creative process like?
It’s kind of hard to describe. I just try to be at the right place at the right time and when I see the perfect shot, I go for it. I call this “natural reporting”. The post-processing stage is unlikely an artistic one, it’s more of a business process. But some of the other things I do include analysing demand, trends, and trying to meet the needs of clients and even surpass them.
Who or what inspires you and where do you get your ideas for photoshoots?
It really is nature, which is like an endless source of inspiration. Initially, it was the motivation that was born out of a desire to share the beauty of landscapes with friends and family; to recreate those magical moments for them.
Right now, stock photography helps me share my vision with the world. This is inspiration in itself. Besides, my cat with her graceful nature always reminds me of the beauty of nature and its creation when I edit my works at home.
How do you choose which themes and trends work in?
I would say that life chooses the themes for us. For example, in 2008, when my friend who was good at shooting still life asked me what I think about the growing crisis, I said, “You should take pictures of burning dollars”.
What is vital for a successful stock photograph?
I think that it’s more important to find in your own art the themes, plots and styles that will be in demand. I do want to emphasize that it’s about your works, not the big shots.
What is your favourite photograph that you have taken and why?
After each trip, it’s a new pictures. Almost always! I’d like to think I’m always in the process of growing and improving. Let say, after my recent trip I love this one:
How should one go about creating more original content for stock photography?
I think it’s worth listening to your inner voice.
What’s been the biggest mistake you’ve had to learn from during your career?
To be honest, the biggest mistake I’ve made was choosing the ‘conventional’ life path – school, university, being hired for work. I really hope that mankind is moving towards a more ‘entrepreneurial’ society or at least towards a freelance one. People should have more freedom than they have right now.
Can you share some insider secrets for landscape photography?
You shouldn’t photograph nature the way you photograph models – it will be really difficult and really tiresome work. You should surround yourself with nature and when you reach an inner comfort and ease, you will ‘feel’ your shots as you see harmony of light and landscape. Maybe this just works for me, but it really is my secret.
The colors in your photographs are absolutely stunning. How do you achieve this effect?
I think you just need a lot of patience to find that ‘magical’ light. Luck is another factor 🙂 Especially for landscape photography.
Do you travel a lot? Where do most of the pictures from your portfolio taken?
Yes, I do. The majority of my shots (and trips) have been made in the U.S. It’s really rich with diverse nature sceneries. It’s not by chance that Americans say that nature is their national treasure!