ALENA KAKHANOVICH | WARSAW, POLAND
My name is Alena Kakhanovich. I was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1985. I first graduated from the Belarusian State University, Faculty of Radiophysics and Electronics, in 2008. Since 2011 I dedicated myself to photography starting to take pictures with a Yashica Mat-124G camera as well as shooting Polaroids. I’ve now completed my degree at the Academy of Photography in Warsaw in 2016.
What is your work about?
My photos focus on psychology, people and environment-based relationships. I am also interested in both memory and mythology as undercurrent topics in my photography.
How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
I prefer making film photographs rather than taking digital ones for several reasons. First it helps me maximize concentration on each and every frame: having only have 12 frames and almost no chance of doubling takes makes one pay much more attention to each individual frame. And it makes one think. I do not succumb to the temptation to make many shots that a digital camera would allow me to do. Secondly, film photography is a magic process for me. I like to control it and to some extent be a witness of my taking frames from the beginning to the end. I also enjoy film processing and printing – this is the real magic – and I like to be as involved with it as much as possible.