Tell Us Your Story: Anton Jankovoy
I had the opportunity to interview one of the most impressive travel-photographers of our time, Anton Jankovoy. His work caught my attention when I stumbled upon this image which has almost hit 1.5 million views in less than a month! Check out his fantastic viewpoint below.
Anton Jankovoy is professional travel-photographer, shooting in such genres as travel, landscape and portrait photography. A participant of an International Union of Wildlife Photographers (IUWP). The head manager of Zhytomyr photographers club «Photosphere» and the author of the project “Photo-Travel”. Lately travels much, arranges seminars and master classes on travel photography. Participated in many domestic and international photo-exhibitions. His works were published in the most prominent publishing houses of Russia, Ukraine and Nepal.
I went in further to disover Anton’s amazing site: http://www.photo-travel.com.ua/
A travel group that focuses it’s activity on arranging photo seminars in the most exciting and interesting places of the world. With the help of Photo-travel people get a chance to have a lovely vacation along with photography classes. The trips are arranged in such manner that the person will get at the right place at the right timing for the best snapshot.
What was it that you to get into photography, specifically travel and landscape photography, and how old were you when you first began? What were you doing before coming into the world of photography?
I’ve been fond of photography since I was 15, so becoming a photographer was not something extraordinary for me. I’ve been studying at the university for business administration, and still doing photography.
I chose travel and landscape photography because it is about the only genre that inspires me. I spend most of my life traveling, that’s why this genre is my favorite.
Also, I try to travel in the regions with virgin nature and landscape, to take beautiful photos of them “to save” them in my works. Globalization is spreading fast around the world, so my aim is to capture the authentic life, before globalization hits those beautiful regions of the world.
I understand that your work is primarily published and part of many photo-exhibits. With a majority of your shots, are you sent out on assignment, or do you shoot them and then look to get it published later? Tell us how it works for those who are not familiar with the process of your work.
Most of my works, I shoot while traveling, and I don’t get any specific assignment to do that. Then when I return home, to Ukraine, I start working on the photos, choosing the best ones and promoting them.
I like to have freedom for the creative process, that’s why I try not to limit myself with attaining a specific task. I’m doing what I enjoy doing. People and publishers who like my photos work with me. I participate in many international exhibits and my photos are being published through the world.
for promotion I mostly use the internet.
Tell us about one of your most memorable experience during your travels, and why it was memorable for you.
You know, for the last several years so many exciting things have happened to me, so now it’s very difficult to even remember something that impressed me the most.
Even now, it’s very difficult to impress me with something. My life turned into a constant adventure. Every day is another exciting experience. I cannot really pin point one out.
Is there a specific location that you have not been yet that you are looking to go to? What about it intrigues you?
In several months I’m going to Indonesia and Malaysia. I’m going to do a series on local culture, nature and all interesting things out there to see.
Also some very interesting regions for me are the northern parts of Russia like Yamal, Siberia and the rest, where people’s live and culture have stayed the same for thousands of years.
The main intrigue of those places for me is that globalization hasn’t got there yet, and people that live so far from the modern civilization madness are open-heated. Nature is beautiful and it looks like it’s a totally different parallel world.
Who were your idols when you started (even now)? Is there any advice for photographers who are looking to do what you do and want to start following your footsteps?
I’ve never had an idol. I’ve learned photography on my own, I didn’t go to school for it. But among the modern photographers it would be Steve Mc’curry. His works and his unique vision I enjoy the most.
As far as the beginners, I would recommend them not try to worship the modern technology, popularity and demand of the masses. But to listen to the heart and unique perception of the world, to try to express their vision. It’s always better not to follow any stereotypes and old fashion pattern. Just be yourself, and do not follow the fashion and one day you become a real creative artist.
We thank Anton for this amazing interview and sharing a part of what he does with us. Connect and see more of his work through his sites: