AN ARTIST, A VISIONARY, A DEEP SOUL: DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST OF INSTAGRAM ANTON ALEKSEEV.
Who is behind your IG account?
It’s me with ketzal_coatl IG profile!My name is Anton Alekseev, I live in Minsk, Belarus. I don’t consider myself a photographer, I’m doing all this for fun mostly. My work is not related to photography, actually I’m an hairstylist.
Why did you open it?
Just like most of people I decided to create an account to show my style and vision.
Do you work alone or with someone?
I do it all on by my own. Sometimes you can see my friends featuring on the photos. All the rest is by me: taking pictures, selecting and editing them.
What job did you want to do when you was a child?
I dreamed to be an archaeologist but all went in a completely different direction. Those were rather my infant fantasies and wasn’t a conscious aspiration. I simply was excited by dinosaurs and other fossils. I was attracted by this profession because it involves chasing for the unknown. And perhaps now it finds reflection one the object of my pictures. Now I can see some parallels between my desire to find something and extracting something that will catch my eyes. And the process of seeking something encourages me a lot.
Where do you usually get inspiration from?
Unfortunately I cannot take pictures everyday because it’s hard to find beauty where I live. But when I travel I have a fresh vision and I get to see a lot more objects that awake my desire to fix it. In my hometown these are mostly my friends and animals that inspire me rather than the local architecture and landscape. When I travel I see a lot more beautiful things around me and I feel like capturing it all. I edit the original pictures and I try to enhance my impressions and my vision of what I see in a specific moment.
Why do you prefer pink color?
Usually I don’t use pink in my pictures but I like shades of pink and purple right now. I don’t have a concept built around that colour.
What about the cat on your IG?
My cat’s name is Misha, he’s a Don Sphynx. Misha turned 4 years recently. I believe he’s a major reason of my account’s popularity. He’s extremely cute, kind, intelligent and he’s loved by everyone. We get along with each other, it’s a pure joy to share space with him, he’s very flexible. He often gets cold and in summer he lies under the sun whenever possible, I cover him with a blanket because winters are tough here. To be honest he doesn’t like it very much to participate on my shooting.
The most beautiful memory until now.
Talking about brightest memories in recent time… I’d say that my trip to Thailand. Nature, buddhist temples, monasteries, people and atmosphere: this is what impress me the most. It seemed to be the best trip of my life but I think about every trip the same way immediately after because the memories and the emotions are still so fresh.
Photos courtesy of the artist