Using a multitude of props, decorations and great locations, Ukrainian photographer Oleg Oprisco creates surreal dreamlike photos with many layers that reveal a unique story to anyone looking at his work.
Hailing from Lviv in western Ukraine, Oprisco began his creative career at the age of 16 when he started working as a photography studio assistant. It was a good opportunity for him to explore all the different processes of film photography and he tries all possible photographic genres.
“I worked with photography, I was surrounded by photographers, all my friends were photographers, so it was an amazing environment for development and constant experimentation,” Oprisco says. PetaPixel.
“I quickly felt that I liked telling stories, stories on several levels that everyone understands in their own way. Therefore, for more than 10 years I have been improving my skills in this genre.
Dreamlike worlds captured through photos
Oprisco’s portfolio grew to encompass a vast collection of surreal portraits, each bearing a theme that could be interpreted differently by each viewer. To find inspiration for her creative work, Oprisco simply looks to the people around her and their life stories, talents and skills.
“My task as a photographer is to convert a great story into a single photo,” he says. “I use tools such as props, location, clothing, color and composition. Like a writer who reveals the idea of the book using chapters, characters, twists.
He is fully involved in all stages of filming, including preparation. Oprisco often creates clothes for its models and uses real props and decorations, some of them looking as big as in the final photo.
“It seems like a very illogical, expensive and stupid process – why create big wooden gears for several days if they can be drawn in the editor?” Oprisco talks about the design of his concept art. “But when I spend dozens of hours preparing, I can think in detail about what I want to create, or change the plot ten times, or I can cancel everything.”
Oprisco also uses medium format film and “the simplest and cheapest cameras”, such as the Kyiv 6C. To some, this may seem like unnecessary complexity, but for Oprisco, the challenges and constraints are also what help it turn each photo “into one long story of creation.”
Today’s challenge for Oprisco, a modern and surreal fine art photographer, is that his country is embroiled in a war with Russia more than anything else. Every day, Oprisco and his team, as well as his friends and loved ones, do everything to help Ukraine in this fight.
“I hope peace will come soon and I’ll get back to the classic problems of a concept artist, like finding buyers, choosing a platform for implementation, and diving into the world of NFT.”
More of Oprisco’s work can be found on his Instagram and Facebook.
Picture credits: Photos by Oleg Oprisco.