Artur Zaitsev is an international photographer and videographer originally from Belarus, a small country in Eastern Europe. The 27-year-old describes himself as a visual storyteller, and his work is absolutely stunning. He has travelled to many amazing destinations, and seeing his work, you can't help but fall in love.
"When you have passion, you will always go far" – Artur
What inspired you to become a photographer?
I studied architecture in college. It’s there that I developed a great passion for photography, and later filming. Eventually, I graduated and worked one day as an architect; I don’t think I’m ever going back to that field.
How would you characterize your style?
It’s probably a good mix of candid, lifestyle, and fine art. I’m still in the process of trying to figure out my own unique voice, but that’s the direction I’m moving towards.
Is there anyone in your field you look up to?
I look up to a lot of photographers and cinematographers out there: The Kitcheners from Scotland, Elliot Erwit, and Toronto native Gregor Colbert just to name a few. My favourite classic photographer is Khalid Mohtaseb, a cinematographer from New York. I also look up to Marat Safin, a photographer from Russia.
Do you, or did you, have a mentor?
I wish I had one. During my first four years of school, instead of doing homework or studying for exams, I would browse through hundreds of pictures on Flickr. I would post one of my own photos every once in a while and ask for constructive criticism. In a way, the Internet was my mentor. I wish I knew back then where I was going so I could have found a mentor who fits me. Years later, I took several workshops from my favourite photographers and it gave me a great push to move forward.
Where do you see yourself or your business in the next 5 to 10 years?
I can’t clearly see where I’ll be. One thing for sure is that I will always be striving to get better at what I do. I will forever keep pushing my boundaries as an artist in order to get better every day.
What advice would you give someone who is trying to pursue his or her dream?
Sometimes a dream could be seen as something so far away that it’s hard to see and grasp it. Break up your big dream into small goals and take it one step at a time.
Looking back, did you ever think that you’d be where you are now?
I’m still far away from where I wanted to be. I might not see all the fruits of my labour just yet, but I know I’m never going to be happy if I don’t constantly strive for something bigger. As long as there’s room for improvement, I’ll be pushing myself to get better. The journey of chasing the dream itself is a fun experience.
Do you regret any mistakes you’ve made, or have they made you who you are now?
I look at mistakes as an opportunity to start something fresh without repeating the same error. Learning from your mistakes is the most important thing.
Why do you love what you do?
There’s an old saying that goes, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Isn’t that a dream for a lot of people? Doing what you love is a big luxury, and I’m just happy that my passion turned into work.
Who motivates you to keep going?
It may sound a little selfish, but my biggest motivation is myself. I’m my own toughest critic. Being a perfectionist allows me to strive to be the best, and I always push myself further.
If you had the opportunity to work or collaborate with someone, who would it be and why?
Right now I would love to be on the movie set of a David Fincher film. I love the aesthetic of dark moods in his movies and I would be very interested in seeing what goes on, on set,—the lighting, and his behaviour with actors. That would be very cool.
What is the one thing you can’t leave the house without? (Cell phone not included . . . )
Ha, it would have to be my keys and wallet. ;)
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