Alena Kakhanovich | Warsaw, Poland

Short bio:
My name is Alena Kakhanovich. I was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1985. Graduated from the Belarusian State University, Faculty of Radiophysics and Electronics, 2008. Since 2011 I am keep on photography, starting to take pictures with Yashica Mat-124G camera and Polaroids. I’ve took part in the collective exhibition “Artery” in the centre of contemporary art in Minsk, 2015. Now I’m studing in the Academy of Photography in Warsaw, 2016.

Why do you photograph on film?
I prefer making a film photography rather than digital one by several reasons. Firstly, it helps me to concentrate maximally on an each frame. Knowing that I only have 12 frames, I have almost no chance to make doubles – I pay much attention to an each frame. A film make me think. I do not succumb to the temptation to make many shots that a digital camera allows to do. Secondly, a film photography is a magic process for me. I like to control it and to some extent to be a witness of making a frame from the beginning to the end. I like film processing and printing – this is a magic – and I like to be a part of it.

What is your work about?
My photos focus on psychology, people and environment relationships. I am also interested in both a memory topic and a mythology in photography. My photos can be characterised as frozen movie frames.