We had the good fortune of connecting with Oleg Kaiross and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Oleg, how do you think about risk?
To my mind, there’s not so much real risk in our lives as we might think. Yes, sometimes we have to choose between the cozy and safe comfort zone and the scary unknown. We consider all the pros and cons to make the most efficient decisions, but the truth is: life is unpredictable itself and avoiding new challenges is a risk. Staying in the familiar, you might even put yourself at danger. When I live and create, I prefer to think of ‘risk’ more as ‘curiosity’, as much as possible. It’s true, however, that it can’t be applied to all life situations, but my life experience sufficiently proves that it is being curious to try something new, it is reality testing that opens all doors in front of you and makes the world play out in fresh colors.
I try to view the world as a huge box full of secrets. Sometimes all you have to do is be a kid, look for something to be discovered, find opportunities around every corner, fail and learn from mistakes. Just the way our ancestors did when they sailed to the unknown lands. Just the way scientists do when they set up unimaginable experiments. There’s no growth without risk, neither development, nor learning about who you really are and what you’re capable of.
Every time I pursue a new passion, get involved in a different project or meet a new client I just look at the perspective, I long for an opportunity to learn something new, meet new people, discover something stunning.
A risk to me is not risking at all

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always appealed to the color, the tone, the play of light and shadow, cinema and the impact that a single frame can have on us. Once I just felt like stopping the moment and capturing the beauty of the people and nature around me. Around 17 years ago, during my school years, I found myself in a filmography class. We would film movies and write scripts there. I was acting, editing and background shooting there as well. That first experience helped me understand how each creative decision influences the viewer’s feelings.

Soon I entered the university and moved to another city. Even though I chose a different path – IT Engineering – I still wanted to evolve as a creative person. Throughout my university years I was working at the students’ TV, filming shows, editing and photoshooting. Besides, I was playing in the amateur theatre. I loved creating my own universe, enliven it and create moods.

At the same time, I got invited to collaborate as a photo model and actor a lot. I created my own community which soon grew to around 1500 people. We were filming movies by ourselves. It was a marvellous experience that gave me special feelings. I was learning from everyone and enjoyed what we were doing.
Having saved enough money, I bought my own DSLR camera and started photoshooting and filming more, as well as sharing my works on the Internet. I started traveling a lot and communicated with lots of people from different cultures. I started getting feedback on that I was doing from many friends and mates, even from those we haven’t been in touch with for years. It gave me inspiration and motivation to do more. Around 5 years ago I started photoshooting professionally.

It’s the people, nature and different countries I visit that I like shooting most. I love the diversity that we have in this world. I shot portraits for people from more than a dozen different countries and nationalities. To me, it’s individuality and uniqueness that defines a photo shot. In my work I aim at revealing the person’s character, their soul and peculiar traits, rather than just their beauty. As I’m shooting, I like talking to models and learning more about them, about what they love to do, what motivates and inspires them, about what excites them.
My nickname Kaiross comes from the ancient Greek Καιρός, meaning the right moment to act to achieve success. And just like that, in photography you have to feel and know for sure when to click the shutter.
Photography to me is a magical moment when the space is refracted and the world appears from a dramatically different perspective.
I want my shots to resemble paintings.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I moved to LA (as well as to the US) half a year ago, but I already grew to love the city. It’s amazing in its diversity, nature, tons of creative people and projects around. My favorite spot here so far is Hermosa Beach and its surroundings. I enjoy just walking around there, breathing in the salty air from the ocean, staring at the houses and people around. There’s some magic in it.
Besides, I love Malibu with its magnificent beaches and one-of-a-kind hiking trails.
I’m still learning about LA and hope to meet many like-minded people here, as well as future colleagues and just wonderful people. Without doubt, this place is rich in talents.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It’s thanks to so many people, books, movies, occasions that I’ve become better at my art. In what I do it’s very important to see and feel things, that’s why I try and learn from every person I meet.

I can’t thank my family I was born to, and my wife enough for motivating me, for giving feedback, for being kind and supporting me at whatever I do. I’m also grateful to everyone I cooperated with in my creative works: my soulmates, teachers, clients and students.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olkaiross

Other: Personal Instagram profile https://www.instagram.com/olbelousov

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