Ilya Shtutsa

I began taking photographs in high school with a rangefinder camera I borrowed from my uncle. That was fifty years ago I was born in 1972 in the Far East of Russia. I was about 12 when I got my first camera. It was the simplest thing, a Smena 8m. I believe that probably each Soviet child had such toy. I was taking a lot of pictures of all that surrounded me but when I was 18 my interest in photography faded away. It took me 20 more years to resurrect it. It happened almost accidentally, when I got a cellphone with very small camera inside. Mobile photography captured my mind, and then I found an article in a photo magazine about Matt Stuart, Nick Turpin and David Solomons that made me realize what cameras are intended for. After this moment it was just a matter of time before I bought my first DSLR and began shooting street.



Here in the US, family pets live large.


People can have a spiritual experience anywhere, or so it seems.