Interview with Taras Bychko
My name is Taras Bychko. I’m 31. I’m a lawyer by education. After the birth of my son in 2012, I’ve first bought a camera. By that moment, I was absolutely not interested in the photo, but I clicked on the shutter release and I felt a great admiration. After that for two years I devoted all my spare time to the study of the history of photo, it was interesting to get acquainted with the extremely rich world of photography. But while working in a large state-owned company, I didn’t have enough time for filming. The solution to this problem was daily shooting in the intervals between the road to work and home and lunch breaks. And what could be better in this case than not a street photo? Then I understood that this was not enough for me, I wanted more time to give to a photo. If work interferes with photography, you have to leave your job.) Now I’m doing my own business and trying to give as much time as possible to photowork.
I was born, grew up and live in Lviv (Ukraine). My city is very beautiful, with rich history and magnificent architecture and multinational culture. I can travel a lot, but I get the most satisfaction from the photos taken at home. It seems to me that Ukraine is very little photographed and here is a lot to tell and show to the world.
Apparently, when and wherever I go, the camera is always with me. During the time when I admire a street photo, I realized the most important thing: an interesting one can wait for us anywhere and every second; we don’t know what is waiting for us after a turn. Maybe that’s where our best shot is.
For me, street photography is not hunting or sports, it is a watch over the life that surrounds me.
The scenes of my photos are constantly changing. I’m trying to combine photos with certain series. Sometimes I manage to work on several projects at the same time. However, I often resorted to some one plot, which at this moment becomes a favorite. Now it’s very interesting in looking for unique markers of time in everyday life. What inspires me to choose a scene? It can be read a new graphic novel, a previewed movie, a trip to a new country, or an occasional meeting.
Because photography for me has become an impetus for the knowledge of myself and the world around us. A photo makes me constantly look for, not stop, move forward. It is a continuous development, a favorite case and a disappointment and so in a circle.