Alexander Kharlamov

Photographer Male Coventry, England, United Kingdom
My Website: Portfolio
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About Me


My purpose is to create art for my self-fulfilment, if someone benefits as well from it or it ends up bringing up some revenue, then even better but not necessary.

I shoot portraits, if I accept the shoot I never charge for it. But, I shoot very few times per year, time is scarce. This year's target is making 2-3 half-day sessions. If you are interested in posing for me, please feel free to contact me (I am fluent in English, Russian and Portuguese) because I am constantly looking for new people to work with. I do this for quality rather than quantity, achieving a 2-5 decent images after a session is great from my point of view.

My objective here is to network with models in the area and find passionate people to create art with. My aim is to keep on creating surrealism, portraits, and classy nudes.

Personality wise, I love people but in limited doses, I am introverted. My main problem is being too direct and honest (some say I am 'brutally honest'), my humour is quite if you are touchy feely lacking sense of humour, we are unlikely to go along well.

My background and additional information

I am originally from Moscow, lived nineteen years in Portugal, then moved to UK in 2012. Now I am living in Leamington Spa.

I do not aspire to be a professional in the field of photography and my main work is academic research as I am doing a PhD on behavioural operations, analytics and decision-making.

My background education is in industrial engineering, management and research (Lic., MSc & MRes). But as extracurricular activity, I started learning music and painting from the age of eight, going through eight years of live studio painting and seven years of piano in a conservatory. I then pursued both on my own focusing on photography because of the lack of time.

Regarding model's compensation, I always work TF. Resources are quite limited as I am still a student (I am 25 btw), and everything I produce is self-funded. I always ask for a signed models release to be able to exhibit my work later on when the opportunity comes.

People often ask me about my techniques. It is all very simple (literally). Most of my works are captured in improvised spaces using natural light only (sometimes I use a single artificial light with a portable soft-box). I keep my equipment to a minimum as too much gear is distracting and I like to focus on learning the person I am working with. After getting used to space constraints away from studio comforts, I developed versatility. I used to give workshops on digital editing, but now I use it only for my surrealistic ideas and compositions. Everything I call "photography" I like to keep it natural with minimal post-processing. I love natural skin textures, if I want it smooth, I achieve it using optics, light and grain.

My creative process is relatively slow, I like to take my time. The shoot itself is the tip of the iceberg, an image incorporates significant reflection, model's personality and inspiration. I honestly do not believe that anything worth of watching more than once can be achieved in a 'quick shoot', those are creative accidents when they happen. I make images, not simply take them. The only people I seek to please with the results is the model and myself, by making images I can be proud of showing later.

My inspiration comes from painting (Baroque and Surrealism), as well as music (Bach, Pergolesi, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and many others), I love Victorian aesthetics, specifically in architecture.


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