IN A DIFFERENT LENS
Sergey Sheptun is an internationally renowned New York based model and photographer. A Different Lens Magazine is excited to share this interview about Sheptun's outstanding work as an art model and his captivating photography. His work was published in several books (the latest was “Provacations” by Kevin D Hoover) and magazines. He was a part of exhibits in New York City including the Leslie Lohman Center.
How did you get into photography?
After some years of modeling, I was thinking to start discovering for myself new horizons. With help of my friend and I can say mentor, Richard Rothstein, who inspired me, I opened myself to the world of photography.
How do you prepare for a photoshoot as a photographer and as a model?
Some photoshoots take some time to come up with a concept and idea. But mostly I adapt to the situation at the time of the photo shoot and allow my creativity to kick in. When I arrive at a location, I figure out what I see as a photographer in my mind, how much light I have, and what my options are with props.
As a model, I try to work my poses around space, light and props. I play with the storyline on set and also bring ideas of looks and poses with me to the set.
How would you describe your photographic style to viewers?
I am always open to new styles and live to discover new ways of photography. Currently I think I mostly focus on male artistic nudity. I love to present lines and shades of the body using day light or a range of colour lighting.
What motivates you to be the best photographer you can be?
There are so many talented photographers around me, who I can call my friends. They are the best motivation for me. My biggest inspiration is my passion for photography and wanting to produce the most unique images.
How do you keep people comfortable in front of your lens?
I always make sure there is no stress and that there is a friendly atmosphere on a set. I always act in a very professional way. Sometimes getting to know the model more before the session is very important. It is helpful to discover the models' interests and backgrounds.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Basically from everywhere....and usually when I meet the model, I get ideas developing in my mind of what I want to do. It's like an inspiration...
What style of modelling do you like the most?
Usually the same as my photography. Art male nudity is what I prefer the most, but again I am always open to new ideas....
We all have guilty pleasures. What are yours?
I love food so much! I literally like everything (oysters is on top of pleasures) .
I also can’t live without Broadway. I see every single show...