It’s my pleasure to introduce our newest guest contributor, the talented Alena Shminke.
Am I ready to see a beauty?
My name is Alena Shminke. I was born and lived most of my life in Russia, but over the last two years, I have moved to Estonia. Frankly speaking, I’m a newcomer to photography, and I can’t say I was always interested in photography. I graduated from medical university and worked as a clinical psychologist for several years. Although medicine is a far stretch from art I was always interested and tried my hand in different art forms.
When I moved to Tallinn I had a lot of free time and since I couldn’t find a job I started to think about getting an education in the field of art. I chose photography because creating visual images is the most interesting to me and I have a lot of ideas I wish to embody. I really enjoy analog photography. I like to shoot on film, to develop films and to make prints in a darkroom.
Because of my interest in film photography, a vital part of my work is monochrome.
Possibly the most typical genre for me is fine-art and the most of the images you can see on my blog are still life’s and emotional (self) portraits.The personal part of photography for me is the more I shoot the more I feel that photography is something stronger than me. It makes me stand up and act even when I feel broken.
You can see more of my work on my blog – here
Adelaide St E Architectural Abstract 5 Monochrome
Please visit my portfolio site to see more Toronto architectural abstract compositions.
“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. ” ~ John Lennon
I’m sorry but you won’t find me on wordpress if you have a desire to see more of my work. I am on Facebook, though. And Flickr. Please visit me there and say hello. Emilio Pasquale Photography. Even though my name is not Emilio. Nor Pasquale. OK, so a bit of history…
When Monochromia first started, mine was the very first post. When I thanked Joe for the honor, he admitted that he had pulled my name out of a hat. Nice guy, that Joe. He couldn’t even lie? But I still feel honored.
Then, one day I admitted that I was not a thirty-something photographer, as my caricature logo and writings had lead everyone to believe. I am a child of the 60’s, now retired. I had chosen the name in honor of my grandfather, Emilio, and my uncle, Pasquale, who had passed through Ellis Island with my grandmother on their way to Brooklyn in the early 1900’s. My father was born here in 1923.
I picked up my first camera when I was 18. My dad built me a b&w darkroom in our garage in North Hollywood California back then. Straight out of college, I got a job working as an apprentice motion picture editor. I retired in 1999 and became a Realtor in Las Vegas in 2004. I am now fully retired and loving every minute of it!
So, please come visit me on Facebook or Flickr. I also sell artwork at Fine Art America and am working on getting a portfolio together. For my third career, hopefully.
Las Vegas NV
April 19, 2018
Canon 80D, 18-55mm lens
f14; ISO 100; 1/1000sec
One of my images from the Giselle ballet dress rehearsal – for more of my images see my blog.
David is another talented Minnesota based photographer who has posted many great images on Monochromia. I chose this particular image because I feel its a combination fine art/abstract plus its one that I just can’t stop staring at 🙂 I only wish I had taken this one – Joe
Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R Lens – 1/640 @ f/5.6 – ISO 200