Total White, Sergii Khandusenko
Carnival Magazine talks to Ukrainian fashion photographer, Sergii Khandusenko, about his photographic career and multi-disciplinary inspiration. In Total White, Sergii explores the character, personality and attitude of Fashionista Olimpia Whitemustache...
Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Kherson – city in the south of Ukraine. On my thirteenth birthday, my Grandma got me my first camera. With it, I made my first shots. In the university years, I played in a rock band and wrote songs for it. In 2000 I moved to Kiev and engaged in graphic design. I then spent the next ten years in various advertising agencies, at first as a graphic designer and then on art director’s position, while continuing to make photography. I started with shooting music bands and street and later became interested in fashion. In 2012, I left my career in advertising in order to concentrate on photography.
Tell us about your work.
As I mentioned, my passion for photography began with photographing music bands and streets. Here I try to capture the candid and unique emotional scenes, catch the magic moment occurs suddenly in the midst of everyday life. My interest in fashion photography has become an extension of my love for design, creativity and art in general. Currently, I am working as a freelance photographer. Shooting advertising, fashion events and editorials.
What do you love about photography?
Authenticity, creativity, and ability to convey the essence.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
My favourite photographer is William Klein. I also like and have been following the work of Mert and Marcus, Nick Knight, Ralph Gibson, Irving Penn, Steven Meisel and many more.
Tell us about the featured photography, Total White.
For this shoot we captured Olimpia Whitemustache – famous Ukrainian fashionista and model. Olimpia is known for her unique style and strong bright personality, so we decided to combine calm and muted clothes and atmosphere with the energy and passion of the model.
PHOTOGRAPHY / Sergii Khandusenko
MODELS / Olimpia Whitemustache
FASHION STYLING / Ruslana Nefedchenko
HAIR STYLING / Daniil Martemianov
MUA / Carolina Mavardi
See more of Sergii's work in Carnival Magazine Issue 02 and on his portfolio website.