This reportage like photograph was made during my business trip to London in June, 2011. It was a rainy day, but the Royal Guard was preparing for some performance. Then suddenly I saw a military officer, nicely suited in red and golden suite, who was marching along the bus. It took me a couple of seconds to open and switch on my camera, but I managed to catch them both with the composition answering the question written on the bus. Humor of this photograph in relation to myself is that I graduated from the military academy long time ago, and served for several years in the army, but since then my career and interests were far far away from the military field. However, experience and knowledge I received in the academy, became a great use and value. So, answer yourself now: who do you want to be?
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | February 13
Award Score: 63 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 16, Style 12, Skill 11)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Street Photography
Photograph Location: Royal Guard military base, London | The United Kingdom
Photographer: Sergiy Kadulin (Kyiv, Ukraine) Registered
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1967, Sergiy Kadulin grew up in the family with his sister and mother, as his father died when they were two years old. He graduated from the military aviation academy (avionics engineer), and later on, from MBA school (IBR school, based in Ukraine). While majority of his professional career was with information technology, where he worked for such companies as American Power Conversion, hp, Microsoft, and Apple as director of Apple VAD in Ukraine, but photography is his greatest passion and hobby. On June 2013, he left his present job and career in IT to focus full time on developing his own professional photography business.
Sergiy’s first experience was with his grandfather’s camera (made in 1936), and while he was studying in school he started mode in-depth learning of photography, including dark room processing, shooting on color films, etc. His first own camera (shared with his sister) was Smena-8M, which was very popular in Soviet Union as basic and very affordable camera for children. In upper class his mother gave him a gift – Zenit-12SD, which was his first real film DSLR and he enjoyed it for many years. Later on, while being on business trip in Canada, he bought Minolta with set of lenses, which was far more advanced one. Large part of his film photo collection was made with it. Sergiy was quite skeptical towards digital photography at the beginning, and switched completely to digital workflow by late 90’s until early 2000. About 7 years ago he graduated from the professional photography course in the Kyiv School of Photography, and later on, continued to study (distance learning course of professional photography) in New York Institute of Photography. He also attended number of training courses in different other schools and on top of it, learn new interesting areas online. He did his first photo exhibition in April, 2011, which was named “Sikkim. Beginning” and was devoted to his trekking in Himalaya, Sikkim, India, in 2010. Sergiy’s favorite type of photography is travel and landscape; however he likes reportage as well. He does devote significant portion of his time to internal growth and development, which to his strong opinion, is the most important part of any creative human. He is trying to use photography as means to share his deep love to the world, to other people and nature, and pass warmth of his heart to them.