Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1999, this website was launched.
At that time, my entire world was essentially limited to my home town, where I lived and worked; therefore I decided to call my first website My Little World. Little I knew that just a few years later, thanks to a series of very lucky coincidences, my life would have changed so much, and my world would have become so much bigger!
On June 13th 2000, I moved to the US to study at the Stony Brook University, where in 2003 I got my BS in Computer Science, followed in 2005 by an MS in Computer Science. After graduation, in the spring of 2005, I started working as a developer in small web development company located on Long Island, few miles east of New York City.
My love for photography was born somewhere in between playing with my father’s old Russian rangefinder, and with my first film reflex, a used Minolta X300. Somewhere in my attic I still have boxes and drawers full of negatives and prints of some of the best shots taken with those cameras, mostly shot on either the bold Kodak Gold 1000 or on the grainy black and white T-Max 3200.
After I moved to the US, I switched to digital photography. This transition allowed me to experiment more, and to become a better photographer. After playing around a few years with a small SONY digital camera during my years in college, I celebrated my first pay-check buying myself my first DSLR, a wonderful full frame Canon 5D. It was the beginning of a long exploration into the world of photography, learning off-camera lighting, digital darkroom post-processing, and different kind of photography.
This long journey into the fantastic world of photography left me with some dear memories, which I would like to revisit in more details with you: