Ilona D. Veresk
Ilona's works are to be marveled at. She has accomplished so much in her short career as a photographer, and we wish her every success in the coming years. We hope to see more of you!
Ilona D. Veresk is a fashion & fine art photographer who currently resides in Moscow. Born in 1993, she grew up in Izhevsk (Small city of Russia), where she finished the Art-Aesthetic lyceum. When she was 18 years old she moved to Moscow. She started her path in visual artistry from photo manipulations and painting. Finally, she was influenced in photography as the best ways to realize her ideas: "Photography combines my warm love to all visual and handmade". The most popular themes in her work are Russian and Slavic folklore, mentality, society and personality, artist in a modern world, a psychology of relationships, exploration of materials and combining different styles and epochs, self-cognition, irony. She makes a claim about herself on personal exhibition in Moscow in November 2015.
Ilona: "Informational silence! This is the thing I'm trying to reach in my artworks. Every day, minute, second the modern person has surrounded by the cocoon of brands and news. Even if you want to buy ketchup, you will have to look at tomato fields, and read the stories full of pathos about "our tomatoes are the most red-ripest". I don't want to glorify redness and Pantone of tomatoes in my art. I'm about the harmony of coexistence of a human, nature, and consciousness. A utopia after tomato apocalypse."
Currently involved in the commercial activity like art, fashion and advertising photographer. Ilona works as an art director and a producer of her own surreal fairy tales, she works by herself with light, pre- and post production. Sometimes she makes clothes and accessories for personal art projects. Ilona has also been fortunate enough to receive a number of sponsorships and accolades; Broncolor and Wacom. Content collaboration with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd and Adobe Stock Premium. Client list including Buccellati, MAC, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Svetlana Evstigneeva, ShuShu, Fangahra corsets, Saint Kashmere, ChillyDash, Sasha Unisex, Gingerbird and other. Own advanced and basic educational programs (British Higher School of Art and Design (BHSAD), MSU, Academy Of Photography in Moscow Re:store academy) Recently she is also writing photography and retouch themed articles for Broncolor GenNext and her personal blog.
"When you start to think you are successful - take a look around and you will find another goal."
Ilona's works are to be marvelled at. She has accomplished so much in her short career as a photographer, and we wish her ever success in the coming years. We really hope to see more of you!
How did you get to where you are now in your career?
Tell us something interesting about you, something inspiring. Don't be shy. :)
I am a fashion & fine art photographer, focusing on advertising, beauty art direction, post-production, and retouching. I am 23 years old, living in Moscow. My debut personal exhibition "Victims" was presented in November 2015 and got a lot of reviews. My style contains fantasy, surrealistic elements, sometimes dark and mysterious. I'm shooting fashion and advertising for different brands, editorials for fashion magazines and promo-shoot for popular musicians and celebrities. "Fairytale fashion" is a word which I can fully describe my style.
Have you taken any photography courses?
The best teacher is your own experience.
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
I'm never creating a hero for myself. Every human which has a success in his/her activities is a hero, in some sense. If you have a volition, wish to be the only one, and wish to be the best - you can do anything. But if you give up - I'm sure, you are just not even tried.
Do you feel like you’ve met your goals and are successful?
When you start to think you are successful - take a look around and you will find another goal. So, I'm successful in which way, what I can do what I love and people help me to fulfill my dreams.
If you were to do it all over again, what would you change?
Everything goes on as usual. If I was not born in the town where I was born, I'd never become a person like I am now. I don't want to be another person, it would scare me.
Just never give up. If you really think what your way is a one way - take anything possible to show your soul to the world. You do not immediately receive recognition, but if you will find your own style - follow it to the end. The only reliable support in your life bridge - is yourself.
How do you stay inspired?
Inspiration is not a windy muse, it's a hard job. If I've been lazy for one day, I'll start to think that I've missed something really important. So it's a greater incentive for me. Also I've found a support in nature. In the dense morning fogs, in colorful meadows, in the murky swamps, in majestic mountains and bitter berries.
What photography-related tips do you recommend?
If you are only start to photograph, do not run to buy an expensive professional camera. It can fight off the desire to understand its settings. Try to find something more reliable to you, the device which you can take with you everywhere, like phone or compact camera. And later you will understand yourself, so it's a time to switch it to more serious equipment. The time, when your projects find its own auditory and clients. And remember, you first 3 years of photography are the worst.
What is your most memorable moment on the job?
They are just looking to my art projects and if they love it, they will hire me, but if whey think what your art projects are bad - it's not your client. Even if they will hire you, you will never get a good clients. They will always be unhappy. Try to find the people who are on one wave with you. Which understand and respect your ideas.
What is your favourite camera?
Most part of my portfolio was made with Canon 600d, but for serious projects I'm using Canon 6d or 5D MK III.