Oct 12, 2020
Andreja is a Serbian philosopher and photographer greatly inspired by cinema aesthetics. Therefore his natural and spontaneous portraits have an incredible cinematic feeling. When making his portraits, Andreja always looks for the authentic expression, letting the sitters show their current feelings without artificial poses.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
AM - My name is Andreja Marčenko and I come from Belgrade. I'm 34 and have a Masters in philosophy. I work for the Commissariat for refugees and migrations of the Republic of Serbia. In my free time I perform as a DJ as well.
am - How did you start in photography?
AM - I started with photography a long time ago, first using digital cameras and lenses. However, I never managed to capture the colours and tonal and dynamic range the way I observed it with my eyes so, I realised that analogue photography would be more adequate with what I wanted to accomplish. As soon as I shot my first film, I decided to sell my digital camera, and since then I've been dedicating my creative time only to film photography.
am - What inspires your work?
AM - I'm mostly inspired by the aesthetics of cinema photography and by the colours of my favourite artists. If I take portraits, I try to make them as authentic as possible, without artificial emotions. If a person is sad I let them be sad, I want them to be as natural as they can in front of my lens. If I can capture a feeling when I make a portrait, then I consider that I've done a good job. The same thing I try to achieve when I take landscapes, it's all about the atmosphere.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
AM - These photographers grab my attention:
Chill (flickr - superchill), Firefly (@firefly.film), Asketoner (flickr - asketoner), Valeria Dellisanti, Argy M. (flickr - argy_m) Patrick Clelland (flickr - patc7).
I could say that my favourite artist is Paul Klee, I've never seen such amazing range of colours anywhere else.
am - What is your favourite movie?
AM - I like long and boring festival movies, which use image and music as a basic means of storytelling, for instance I appreciate a lot Theo's Angelopoulos aesthetics. His 'Eternity and a Day' and 'Landscape in the Mist' are my favourites, and classics such as Kubrick's 'Barry Lyndon', Kiarostami's 'Taste of Cherry' and Imamura's 'Ballad of Narayama'. These movies made a deep aesthetic impact on me.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.