IN THE UNIVERSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY ONE CAN IDENTIFY DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES. AT FIRST GLANCE THEY LIGHT HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON EXCEPT THE FACT THEY ARE ALL EXECUTED IN A SIMILAR WAY. WITH NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL LIGHT, WITH A CAMERA AND A FLASH. BUT WHEN YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT IT, YOU CAN FIND SIMILARITIES. SIMILARITIES BETWEEN LANDSCAPE, ARCHITECTURE AND PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHY. STRANGE? NOT REALLY.
Have you ever heard of Kaliningrad? I bet many of you haven't. Formerly known as the East Prussian city of Königsberg, Kaliningrad was founded as a city back in the year 1255 and has since then known turbulent times. Due to its strategic position at the mouth of the navigable Pregolya River it has been victim of periods of colonisation and Germanisation in the centuries following its foundation. Until, again due to its location, the city became largely destroyed by both British bombing attack and Soviet offensive during WO II. The city was renamed Kaliningrad after the war when it became part of the Soviet Union until the fall of the communist nation. Currently Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.
The city of Kaliningrad is home to photographer Alex Klimov. Alex has been active as photographer since the year 2000. He embarked on his artistic adventure without any education in the field and so he can safely be labelled as completely self-taught. Taking pictures is for Alex a creative process that allows him to reveal his vision of art. Several years ago he mostly worked as wedding photographer but has since than shifted his interest to landscape, cityscape and the male body. An unusual combination of disciplines? Not for Alex Klimov. "I feel some connection between these three objects," Alex explains. "The male body, to me, often looks like a chic relief landscape with rolling hills and ravines. And many of the buildings in a modern style are as sexy as nude body."
When Alex Klimov laid eyes for the first time on the famous sculpture of David by Michelangelo, he had a stroke of insight. Looking at this flawless example of male anatomy, he knew he wanted to be a photographer. Like Michelangelo he wanted to capture the magic of the male body: "For me, the human body is a wonderful gift of nature, and my mission, as a photographer, is to record and preserve this beauty right then and there and then pass it on to others for their appraisal." When Alex is working on a male nude he likes to capture a combination of masculine and male power with tenderness, grace, and emotion. His ideal model would be a calm and relaxed superman, looking like an ancient Greek sculpture. Always relaxed, but full of courage and determination. With his male figures Alex Klimov likes to show the viewer that combination of courage, strength, and delicate grace that can live in the one and same body. He tries to be creative with each and every model and to find his own look.
Most of Alex Klimov's models are not professionals. They are ordinary boys, but they all go to the gym to work out and have incredibly beautiful bodies. Basically, he finds my models on social networking websites, sometimes on the streets. He loves and respects his models. For Alex they are the best models. He always compliments them on the set, thanks them, and expresses his sincere admiration. In his work, in his life, Alex likes the style of minimalism. He loves to create effective, but simple images, without unnecessary decorations, concentrating only on the beauty of the model. The openness of landscapes, the strength and simplicity of architecture and the grace and beauty of the male body. It all comes together in the photography from Alex Klimov. –BM-
ALEX KLIMOV | BEAUTIFULMAG