Interview with Iryna Yeroshko, photographer

Photo provided by Iryna Yeroshko - Used with permission

Photo provided by Iryna Yeroshko – Used with permission

Iryna Yeroshko, a Ukrainian photographer, came to my attention when I saw a striking photo she posted on Flickr. When I read more about her, I found out she is working on “Second Home,” which she calls her “first serious photography project about immigrants from well-developed countries who came to live and work in Ukraine purposefully.” Below, Iryna tells us about what surprised her about photography, why she doesn’t have a bucket list, and the best advice she’s ever received.

Names and blog:
Iryna Yeroshko at Reaching the Goal

Fun fact about you:
This summer I tried frozen yoghurt for the first time.

Funner fact:
Oh that’s getting challenging…I don’t cut watermelons myself, because I’m afraid to cut my hand off.

Funnest fact:
I don’t know, I guess I’m not that “fun” person
[Not true! Here’s another fun fact, from her blog: “I speak 3 languages, but mostly think in English” and every post on her blog is written in both English and Ukrainian]

What do you think has been essential to your success so far as a photographer?
I don’t think I’ve reached “success” so far, but positive feedback from some influential people and professionals as well as support my family definitely contributed to my personal growth as a photographer.

What was something that surprised you about photography?
That, while being a still media, it is very live and dynamic, and can have a great emotional impact.

If you had to describe your blog in 6 words or less, what would you say?
Personal story depicted in photographs.

Who or what inspires you?
People and positive things that they create.
[Iryna has written a blog post about her inspiration, if you’d like to read more about her answer to this question.]

What is your all-time favorite bucket list item (of yours or someone else’s)?
I’m not a bucket list person. I try not to take life for granted and enjoy every moment, every opportunity I’m given.

If you aren’t doing anything related to your photography, what are you doing in your free time?
I am a huge fan of self-education, I love filmmaking, traveling, and social work.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Never take “no” for an answer.

Thanks, Iryna, for sharing your time and some of your life experience with us!

Want to keep reading? You can learn more about Iryna, and read stories about her photos at her blog, on social media (links on her blog), and photo sharing sites like Flickr.

Who else do you want to see interviewed? If you have an inspiring person in mind, please let me know using the contact form or comments below.

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