Interview #42: Maria Kazvan


CUS: First of all, the most standard question in the book: how did you get into photography?

Maria Kazvan: I wasn't born with camera in my hands. I started shooting almost three years ago, the first step was DeviantArt. That's even funny, how this thing swallow me.


CUS: Tell us a little about where you live.

MK: Lviv. Small and beautiful town. There's not so much to talk about, you can just Google the name, and find some photos, then you realize all power of this place. With beautiful architecture, nice people, grand history. I only wish it weren't a part of Ukraine.


CUS: What did you have for breakfast this morning?

MK: Coffee.


CUS: What is your most treasured possession?

MK: My mom gave me good lesson few years ago, about not being dependent on things. We're holding so many objects through our live, we love them, than we forget about them. Even when we find something, that we lost, we don't really need it anymore. I'm just trying to keep everything inside my head, all memories, connected with things. But yes, I still have one thing, which is valuable for me, that are all my films. At least, I just can't renew them, if I'll lost.


CUS: What kind of camera do you use the most?

MK: Zenit 11 with Helios 44.


CUS: Do you believe that with the rise of digital photography the phrase “everyone can be a photographer” is true?

MK: I can say it's much easier to be a photographer. Or even not like that,- it's much CHEAPER to be a photographer. But that depends who we call a photographer. Art is such a complicated substance, I can't talk about it.


CUS: Do you always have preconceived concepts of what you want to shoot?

MK: Now I'm trying to. At least I'm trying to make some series, because last year we were just going to take some pictures, now I hardly can use it somewhere.


CUS: What are some of your favorite films?

MK: I'm fan of Coens' movies. My favourite of their works, I think, is "The man who wasn't there". And of course, I have some favourite actors, I always love movies with them. They are: Tom Hanks, Roberto Benigni, Bill Murray. But that's just small part, I'm really love cinematography.


CUS: If you could photograph any person (past or present) who would you choose?

MK: The guy I saw in a bus, few weeks ago.


CUS: What’s your fondest childhood memory?

MK: Scaring of made-up people and things. My fictions were so strong, I still remember moments, when I couldn't go up on third floor where my grandmother lived, because I thought that on second floor was some monster.


CUS: Who, or what, is your biggest influence?

MK: I don't have only one. It's partial coming from everywhere. Sometimes it could be weather,
professor in university, parents, brother, movies, books - which is happens mostly. Sometimes I even hate myself because of all that. I am so compliant.


CUS: What are your other hobbies besides photography?

MK: I was trying few things, before I started shooting. But now I am still writing small stories, which usually can read only my teachers in uni.


CUS: Our last interviewee, Valerie Chiang, wants to know: What advice would you give to an old photographer, someone who has been creating images for his or her entire life and is already a famous professional? 

MK: Slow down, man. Take a rest. No, I'm just kidding. I am not in able to give some advice, really! I can only ask, does photography make them happy.


CUS: Last but not least, what would you like to ask our next interviewee?

MK: What is success for you?

Maria Kazvan, b. 1989 from Lviv, Ukraine.


Images provided by Maria Kazvan. All rights reserved.