Hello Wanderer!

 

 

Thanks for stopping in and checking out my work.

I  have been working for some time on launching my new website and it turns out, as in most things, that it’s harder than I originally thought. 

I have consulted with on-line content specialists and they insist that, in order to get you to look at my photography, I should also provide you with some great content, not just photos, but stuff you can read. 

I am working on it!

I expect that in the future I will try to tell you about some history behind different types of photography, and talk to you about photography as art.  

I am also happy to give out some “how to” photography advice.  Please feel free to leave a comment with your photography questions at the end of this post, and I will try to get back to you with some answers. If there are lots of questions, I might start a separate blog, we shall see. 

I have also been told that you might like to know something about me.

So here goes:

One of the questions I get asked a lot, most often by my mom, is how a boy like me, born in the Soviet Union to a family of physicists, grew up to become a man who abandoned the family business –the study of physics, and became a photographer in the US.

The answer is simple: it just happened.

I did study physics (which I loved) and was looking forward to a future spent in a Moscow lab, writing papers that no one would likely ever read. But the Soviet Union fell apart right in front of my eyes and with its fall, a lot of doors opened for an educated kid with no family to feed. So my college buddies and I decided that we wanted to start our own business.  We were physics geeks, and high-tech business seemed like fun, so we started a company called MDIS.

Our most interesting project was the creation of a digital recording system that captured all the conversations between the MIR Space Station and earth. This kind of project was our idea of fun. I got to listen to some of those conversations and met some cosmonauts, too. 

But the world marches forward, and the old MIR station was deemed out of date, so it was brought earth and was buried in the Pacific Ocean. The Russian Government invested in the International Space Station and I started to move on as well.

Right about the same time as the MIR station went into the ocean, my wife gave me the best present ever: she sent me to photography school.  She was pregnant with our first child and most likely just wanted to get me out of the house.  Photography school changed my life.

A couple of years later, I sold  MDIS to one of my partners and started working on my photography fulltime. The next decade included: a move to the US, the birth of our second son, and a new photography business called Mind On Photography!

Here are some examples of how I spend my days now.  I hope you will enjoy looking at my photos as much as I enjoy shooting them!

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