THE LITTLE THINGS WITH @SHURUPCHIK
After relocating from Russia to Germany eight years ago, Alexandra Kryaneva set about photographing her new homeland. The photographer has a knack for finding beauty in the little things, whether in Dortmund, St. Petersburg or one of the many other destinations she has visited worldwide. With a splash of colour and striking composition, her images capture nature, architecture and those fleeting moments that make you stop and appreciate life. Here she talks to us about her inspirations and her travels.
What are the best and worst things about moving from your home country to a new one?
Leaving Russia was difficult because it meant leaving behind my loved ones. But at the same time, every moment we spend together now is a special one. I think we sometimes forget to appreciate moments spent with family and friends when we see them every day.
What are your passions in life, besides photography?
I enjoy being outside; taking long walks and being surrounded by nature. Saying that, I like to spend my spare time exploring new cities too. Travelling is one of the things I enjoy most. I also like reading, going to museums and exhibitions, watching sunsets and being with my loved ones; simple pleasures really.
Tell us about your photography
Photography occupies an important place in my life. It all started as a hobby and has developed into the passion of a lifetime. I'd describe my photography as spontaneous; most of my photos are taken on the go or during my travels. I like variety and experimenting with different styles. Recently I started adding some portraits and self-portraits to my portfolio and this is something I'd like to continue developing.
You have travelled to lots of incredible destinations. Is travel a big part of your life?
I never thought I'd say it, but yes, travelling, especially in the past few years, has become a really important part of my life. Having family and friends spread all over the world and wanting to visit them has got me travelling more and more frequently.
Where is the most memorable place you have visited?
Every place I've visited so far is special to me. Travelling through Namibia was amazing for its unbelievable wildlife and nature. Escaping a typhoon in the Philippines was an unforgettable, adrenaline-filled adventure. Being in Borneo was a great experience but at the same time a tough one; I saw orangutans and other rare animals losing their homes to encroaching palm oil farms. Dancing at the Rio Carnival made my feet hurt but it's a night I'll never forget. And a recent road trip from my home town St-Petersburg to Moscow brought back childhood memories and evoked lots of emotions; seeing little villages left abandoned with almost no inhabitants and, at the same time, huge cities being built was pretty unsettling. These places live inside my memory and have given me so many wonderful experiences and moments. Every trip changes you a little.
What motto do you try to live by?
Hm, I don't think I have a motto as such, at least not that I know of. But I try to live by simple rules; enjoying the little moments in life, listening to my inner conscience and giving instead of taking.
What emotions do you hope your photographs inspire in a viewer?
I hope my photography makes them want to go outside, to find something that catches their eye in their everyday routine. I get feedback saying that some of my photographs motivated people to travel to places they never thought would be interesting and this makes me happy. I'm convinced that you do not always have to go far to find something beautiful.