1) When did you start your zine Young?

The idea of a zine came in early 2015. I think it was a moment when I became more specific about my photography and wanted to have something that I could show, a finished project that’d reflect my interests. So I decided to make a photo zine. I also thought it’d be more interesting to make a printed zine and share it with friends, rather than just place photos on Tumblr or Instagram. By this time I already had some photos in my collection, but I thought I need something different. I made a small list of people that I’d like to be featured in my zine and started hanging out with them. Most of the times I just had the camera with me and it was all about capturing the right moment and sometimes it was more about directing, like organizing everyone to go to a certain spot to get a certain photo.

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 2) I read that skateboard videos really influenced your personal photography style. What skateboard video’s influenced you the most?

Skateboard videos influenced me as a person. First video I saw was Flip Really Sorry. I was really impressed by how tricks, music and personal style mixed together. I remember watching videos like Pigwood Slaughterhouse, Zero videos, Baker 3 and I think my favorite was Black Label Black Out. For a teenager that wears school uniform watching long haired guys in skinny jeans grinding down the handrails and throwing themselves from huge gaps was really mind blowing. I still have all these skate videos on a hard drive. It’s something I grew up with and it made me who I am today.

I think my teen years were a golden era of skateboard videos and I still prefer full videos to random internet parts, because they are not only about tricks, but also about visual style and creative concept. As for photography I must say that AWS Mindfield and AWS Life Splicing series influenced me the most. I guess they changed the way I see skateboarding.

After watching these videos I started seeing beauty in other things.

3) Do you think that with the Internet, Russian youth are becoming more similar to American or European youth?

Yeah, I think so. Of course there are local differences, but with social medias people get inspired by the same things. There’s Instagram that helps people share their interests with anybody from anywhere. Just one tap separates you from other people’s lives.

Young 94) Do the youth you document and the skateboarders you hang out with care much for politics? 

No, they don’t really. There’s too much lie and propaganda going on, that it makes you indifferent. People just want to live their lives and not be involved. It’s a rather difficult topic, so we try not to really debate about it much. Of course you can’t live your life with your eyes closed, you see the news and you hear it from others, but every time I see how the same news differs in different countries, I ask myself who’s right and who’s wrong when everyone’s just following their own interests. And that’s i think one of the few things that i wanted to show in my zine – insouciance.

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5) How is skateboarding viewed in Moscow? Do you get kicked out of the skate spots like Canada, or the U.S.?

It depends. Most of the time police don’t care for skateboarders as we don’t have skateboarding tickets, but you can get kicked out by security guys. In public places you can skate freely, but sometimes you can get in conflict with locals. They start yelling that you’re destroying the property and they get in your way. They can also call the police and police will tell you to go away, but most of the time you can return after 20 minutes and continue skating.

6) Are their any other projects you are working on right now beside your zine?

I’m very attracted to the local club scene right now and my new projects will be connected with it.

I’m working on a new video, new photo project and I’m also doing electronic music. As for skateboarding I don’t have any particular projects right now, but I’m getting into 16mm film for videos and I’d really love to do a dreamy video like this scene from Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park. This scene was also a big inspiration to me.

7) Is it hard to get photography work in Moscow? 

Russian economics is in a recession and it’s now hard to get any decent job in Moscow and especially in creative field. There are not many opportunities for photographer as budgets are tight and competition is big.

A lot of people lost their jobs when the crisis started. Same happened to me and after that I spent a year working on occasional projects until they all ended. I tried to find a job as a photographer or videographer, but couldn’t find anything decent. I spent months without any income and this was really upsetting as I also had to pay rent. Then I almost accidently found an ad that said that auto warehouse is looking for a photographer. Now I work as a photographer and I shoot truck parts. Unfortunately it’s a temporary job as they have a limited quantity of parts. Which means that I only have a few months until I’ll have to search for something new again.

8) What would you advise to a person who wants to make a zine?

If you have an urge to do something, then do it. Don’t wait for anybody. Do everything yourself if there’s no one who can help you. You can learn everything by yourself, especially now with loads of information available in internet. To make this zine I downloaded a demo version of Adobe InDesign and opened it for the first time in my life. It took me some time to understand it, but I learned it and designed the zine by myself. As for photography, you don’t need an expensive camera to take good photos. All you need is passion.

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