Diversity Inspiration Session – Konstantin Halaburda
July 6, 2020
In this community, we believe in telling stories that matter.
It’s not just about taking pretty pictures, but it’s about capturing the full range of human emotions. We want to be a place that celebrates diverse people from all around the world telling stories that matter to them. In the last few weeks, I’ve been at awe of some of the art created by our community that’s inspired or documenting the Black Lives Matter movement.
This moment in history is important to capture – whether it’s photographing a protest or something more abstract like the session featured here. Konstantin is a photographer from Russia who brought his creative skills to the table to give a unique perspective on the emotional story unfolding before us in America right now.
Tell me a little bit about where your inspiration for this session came from?
I was outraged by the situation that recently occurred in the United States. And in these pictures I wanted to convey to people that we are all equal and have a right to exist regardless of who we are.
How did you find your location and what do you love about it?
Survey (session) was conducted near the pond for a reason. For me, water is a symbol of purification and purity. Water washes away all the bad, leaving only the good.
What is your favorite image from the session and why?
The combination of white and black in harmony with nature, in this case very much reflects my social idea and conveys to the viewer the right idea.
What did you learn from shooting this session? (anything big or small….ex. how you triggered your camera for self portraits, a new pose you tried and loved, something new you noticed about light, editing tips etc)
For the first time I used an additional light source, a small round mirror to reflect the sun on the face of the characters. As for the tinting of photos here – it is minimal. I made only a light color correction, so it is almost the source code.
Did you struggle with anything during this session?
The only difficulty that arose during shooting is that there were lots of people, but I think we coped with this task. ⠀