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10 Questions: Bob Sala

Meet Bob Sala. You might have come across his work - cinematic 60s-70s ambient stills that remind you of your mother’s childhood (or for some, your own). His (portrait) images go beyond making a fashion statement on a particular era; they tell a story of society and culture.

10 Questions: Vittore Buzzi

Milan based photojournalist Vittore Buzzi's photography is fuelled by the search to understand and accept reality - which translates into an exceptional eye for capturing moments and stories.

10 Questions: Meg Umberger

When you view Salem based Meg Umberger’s work, you can’t help but to feel the warmth, and the tingling feeling of her passion for creativity.

10 Questions: Alex James

Alex James' work brings drama and cinematic atmosphere into life - making ordinary moments and landscapes extraordinary.

10 Questions: Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones' work is both honest and surreal to me; it evokes emotions that hit you deep down and leave an imprint.

10 Questions: Darina Stoda

Darina Stoda was born in Estonia - a place of forests and rivers straight out of folklore, and has since lived for many years in Norfolk (UK) surrounded by large wild spaces and ocean. Even though I’ve never been to Norfolk or most parts of the UK, when I see Darina’s work, I can almost smell and feel the crisp air - her dreamy approach to incorporating nature in her story telling is inviting.


10 Questions: Jakub Fabijański

What is very inspiring is Jakub Fabijanski’s work, which brings a kind of dreamy cinematic take to photojournalism that you can’t help but to fall in love, along with the people in his photographs.

10 Questions: Don & Helen Bringas

Based in Spain, Don & Helen document weddings all over the world. Don & Helen’s work speaks humour, spontaneity and most importantly, the emotional connection to a moment captured in their frame forever.

10 Questions: Jesus Caballero

Portugal based photographer Jesus Caballero, traded in a career as a biologist for photography. Trained professionally in photojournalism (even mentored by a Magnum photographer), Jesus skillfully combines lifestyle with photojournalism to give wedding a fine art visual voice.

10 Questions: Susann and Yannic

Berlin based photographers Susann and Yannic created a food blog “KrautKopf” 2 years ago to share their love on making good food during the off Wedding season (Winter months) and have not looked back since.

10 Questions: Danelle Bohane

Auckland based New Zealand photographer, Danelle Bohane, started photography when her grandfather bought her a camera when she was still young. From there it has been a journey of discovery inspired by her love of people, art and connections.

10 Questions: Jessica Tremp

Australian photographer Jessica Tremp shoots Weddings to pay her bills whilst also being an accomplished fine art photographer. With no formal training in photography, Haunting, poetic and mesmerising - with a strong narration and fluid energy - Jessica’s work draws you in, hungry for clues; wanting more.

10 Questions: Thierry Joubert

French photographer Thierry Jourbert blends childlike openness, and philosophical ideas of trace and sign, with a skill for telling other people’s stories. Unafraid of dreaming big - Thierry’s work showcases his mastery of light and the depth of human emotions.

10 Questions: Junebug

For those in the wedding industry, Junebug Weddings is a familiar name. Based in SeattleJunebug was formed in 2006 and is now one of the leading international wedding blogs. In this special interview with Junebug Weddings, we reveal what it takes to be the world’s leading wedding resource, and where Junebug predicts the Wedding industry will be in 10 years’ time.

10 Questions: The Eagle Hunters with Sasha Leahovcenco

Sasha Leahovcenco’s passion for documentary photography is evident through his personal work. Sasha’s Eagle Hunter work provides a striking sense of what it must be like living in those amazing landscapes and harsh conditions, and you feel their pride in keeping with their long standing traditions. Come read our special 10+4 Questions interview.

10 Questions: Yoris Couegnoux

Yoris Couegnoux's work showcases great skill in capturing light, combined with sensitive narration. His work transports you to a cinema set, as if you were watching a modern interpretation of a classic film.

10 Questions: Lilli Waters

Melbourne based photographer Lilli Waters' photos are widely exhibited and published. Her practice draws inspiration from nature; there’s a rawness and openness centred around female themes, and strong narration that leaves you wanting more.

10 Questions: Sam Hurd

Sam Hurd is well known in the photographic industry for his ‘prisming’ and ‘lens chimping’ techniques - and epic portraits series (of celebrities). Sam is not afraid to experiment. His works reflects a sense of experience, skills and maturity beyond his years yet it still has that freshness in it that is charismatically attractive.

10 Questions: Niki Boon

Niki Boon’s work marries fine art and photojournalism so delicately that the energy and spontaneity captured in her work transports you as if you had lived it yourself, viewing it now almost nostalgically. It’s a testament to what life should be when growing up.

10 Questions: Gary Lashmar

Gary Lashmar's work, commercial and personal, especially his street photography, is the proof of Gary’s passion in life, his unique point of view and approach to life - a style that he alone defines - and he shoots from his heart.

10 Questions: David Heidrich

David Heirdrich’s work reminds you of fairytale stories - art and emotion evoked by out-of-this world settings in ethereal light that David so perfectly and intricately captures.

10 Questions: Victor Hamke

When you look at Victor Hamke's work, you feel his sensitivity - his storytelling vision marries surrealism with documentary - a style so unique and poetic that it completely mesmerises you.

10 Questions: Clare Barker Wells

Clare Barker Wells' family and newborn work not only captures key moments but also the in-betweens artistically.

10 Questions: Cristina Venedict

Cristina Venedict's fine art captured our eyes - it  not only showcases her skills as a photographer, but her imagination and creativity. Her work is painterly,  poetic and romantic. 

10 Questions: Zalmy Berkowitz

Zalmy Berkowitz's artistic vision describes rhythm and movement amongst the chaos of life’s candid moments. His film work makes you fall in love with analog all over again.


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10 Questions: The Eagle Hunters with Sasha Leahovcenco


The name Sasha Leahovcenco is probably familiar to most. We interviewed Sasha in August 2015. When we heard about his Eagle Hunter Project, a self-funded personal venture, we couldn’t resist a follow-up 10+4 Questions interview to find out what inspired him to seek out the Eagle Hunters and document their portraits, as well as the challenges he faced, and overcame. Though an accomplished commercial photographer, Sasha’s passion for documentary photography is evident through his personal work. Sasha’s Eagle Hunter work provides a striking sense of what it must be like living in those amazing landscapes and harsh conditions, and you feel their pride in keeping with their long standing traditions.


1. What inspired you to document the Mongolian Kazakh Eagle Hunters?

Mongolia in general was always a place I wanted to visit. And when my good friend Cale Glendening, who is a producer behind this amazing story, asked if I would like to join him for the trip, I immediately said yes. [Editor's insert: As soon as Cale's footage is ready, we'll link to it here]


2. How long did you plan for the trip? How long were you there? Was this project self funded?

I had about two weeks to get ready which included applying for a visa, getting some winter clothing and gear and figuring out the best way to get to Mongolia. We spent 5 full days in the country and my travels and expenses were self funded.

3. How did you get access to the Eagle Hunters? Did you know someone?

My friend Cale contacted a local guide who organized the trip for us from the capital all the way to the Delüün village in Western Mongolia. The Eagle Hunters that we spent time with lived about half an hour drive from the small village of Delüün in the mountains.

We visited two different locations where the eagle hunters lived. Both were near the Delüün village in the mountains. Since we travelled by car, it took us only an hour to get from one place to another.

Our guide, Jagaa was our interpreter. Before we arrived we asked him to meet with the Eagle Hunters and explain our intentions and purpose as far as film and photos.


4. Did you share a "ger" (traditional felt-lined tent) with the hunters? 

The Eagle Hunters in that area of Mongolia live in the tents only during the summer time. As winter approaches they move to houses which are built out of clay. Since our trip took place during the winter, unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to live in the traditional tents.


5. Do the Eagle Hunters breed their eagles or are they captured? 

All of the eagle are captured in the wild and trained to hunt.

6. Is eagle hunting traditionally practised by men? Did you meet a huntress during your trip?

We heard stories of huntresses, but we didn't encounter any women hunting in the area we visited.


7. How would you describe the bond between the hunters and their eagles? 

We were fortunate to spend a lot of time near these absolutely phenomenal birds and their owners and it’s astounding to witness the clear communication and understanding between the eagle and the hunter. The bond is undeniable.  

8. Did you have to go through a crash-course to ride the pony?  

Too be honest, we were winging the riding part on our end so the ride didn't last for too long, but they carry more than 240lb almost every day so at least the weight wasn't an issue ;)

The hunters ride their ponies with their provision and eagles frequently. Often journeying for 10-12 hours at a time.  


9. What difficulties did you have to overcome on this project? 

At the end of the day all the difficulties were worth the experience and outcome. But during our stay we had to climb a hill/mountain top every day to follow the eagle hunters and cary all our gear with us. We had a generator, so luckily charging the batteries every night wasn't a problem.

At night though, the temperature would drop to anywhere between -5 to -10 ºF (-20 to -23 ºC)   which required sleeping with several layers on and consuming a lot of tea to stay warm. But since our days were active we were fine with an under layer, good warm pants and jacket.

10. What’s the eagle hunting like?

It’s a lot of patience, and hard work. Sometimes eagle hunters would hunt day after day without success. They often travel long distances, and it’s definitely a tiring job.


11. Can you describe a typical day during your trip? 

Usually we would wake up at 7am, shoot some morning photos/video footage, have breakfast with the hunters and their family, and then follow them the entire day as they hunt. The days were cold but not unbearable. Especially when you're moving around that much.

12. Do the eagles get a share from the hunt?

The eagles do get a share of their catch. They are usually fed 2-3 times a day in a special way. Meaning, their food isn't just handed to them.

13. Was the younger generation keen to be trained as eagle hunters? Do you think the tradition will disappear, or be replaced with a tourist version?

The younger generations tend to try to go to school, and get a higher education. Yet there are still those who are trying to preserve the tradition and pass it on to their children. So I am hopeful that the tradition will continue to live on.

Tourism is not very common in the area we visited, as it is very hard to access and conditions of living are not tourist friendly. For instance - there are no inside restrooms in the houses, or any sort of beds to sleep on. You are in the wild, sleeping on the floor and don't have access to running water.


14. What gear did you bring? What did you end up using?

I brought two Canon 5d mark III’s, 24-70 II, and 85mm. And for the light - 1xAlienbee 800, 35 Octa and portable battery.

For trips like these I always like to pack as light as possible since I know I will need to carry it all around.

The landscape was so gorgeous, so I wanted to incorporate it in all of my shots that’s why I ended up shooting 95% of all my photos on 24-70II mostly wide angle.


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