Behind the Lens With Arkady Mitnik
Meet Arkady Mitnik:
Born in former USSR, Arkady combines his professional career of Engineer with his main hobby of jazz photography.
A number of Olympus E-cameras with top Zuiko lenses, Canon G-12 as well as analogue (film) OM-1 OM-2 and Mamiya 645.
Teachers and/or influences?
Leonid Levit from Ukraine, Alik Beliavtsev.
I knew I wanted to be a photographer when...
Well, to be honest, I never knew it, and still do not know.
Your approach to photography:
Be as natural as you can. Be yourself.
Your teaching approach/philosophy:
Share what you know, do not influence but offer what you have.
Your biggest challenge when shooting indoor (or low lighted) events:
Think less about how you shoot, versus what you see.
Favorite venue to shoot:
Favorite festival to shoot:
Jazz In Kiev, Ukraine.
Where was your first assignment location?
Wow... so many years ago... I guess first concert of Pat Metheny in Ukraine around 1987, if I am not mistaken.
Your favorite musician(s) to photograph:
Bass players in general. Composition, hands and fingersmusic itself... love it.
Did you know...
I have way too many hobbies, and skiing is right next to jazz photography.