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Meet Alexey Bever

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexey Bever.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I spent my whole night just watching clips on YouTube of Clark Little shooting shore breaking waves in Hawaii. I got so inspired to capture waves. I told my mom that I wanted a GoPro and she just told me it’s your money, we will go after work. So, I waited and waited until she arrived. Finally, I got the GoPro and just did everything to capture video and pictures. My parents saw that I liked doing this, so they bought me my first camera. I shot with a Nikon D3200. Then with saving up more money I saw that a photographer was selling his with a water housing. So, I jumped all over that! I drove half way to meet him, he gave me the walk around on how to use the water housing and I drove back into Laguna Beach.

With minutes to spare, I went to my favorite beach and shot the sunset just in time. I fell in love! As shooting waves was a huge hobby of mine, I still kept myself shooting landscapes. With swells being low and not much else going on, I would challenge myself on what else I could do. So, I would go to the beach almost every day. Searching out new spots and just experimenting with long exposures either during the day until sunset. Getting images with other subjects in them than just the clouds being blurred. I wanted to have part of the wave showing its face with the water in the foreground be blurred as well. Making those kinds of images really made my day and getting to sharing them over social media to have everyone see them is my way of getting my work out there. I then began saying this phrase on my images, ” enjoy the paradise” so who ever sees my images would do just that. I didn’t care where you were, I just wanted to you to “enjoy the paradise”.

Please tell us about your art.
In my photography, I wanted to incorporate a darker tone to some of my images. Even if I was shooting waves, landscapes, portraits, etc. The darker tone in my images was like my way of expressing my mood in a way. I just liked how it looked overall in the image. I create my images sometimes based on how I am feeling that day. I get motivated by blasting music in my car while driving there. There are some days where I will drive up and the weather takes a turn for the worst and I am stuck with nothing. That doesn’t stop me all the time, I will challenge myself on trying to getting something. Set up the camera, make sure the composition is good, take a test shot. See where I want to improve on, make changes and keep hitting that shutter. Some nights I will park my car at Heisler Park in Laguna walk and capture until I get to Main Beach. Turn back around and do the same. Some compositions don’t hit me until I just see them from walking around. When people see my images, I want them to just enjoy. Plain and simple but it gets the point. I want them to enjoy the creative idea behind that photo, where and what I did to capture that photo. My photography is always getting better and my creativity is always wondering!

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success to me comes in layers. Once you reach the first layer, there is just another layer ahead of you. So, to reaching that success just means to work harder. Make your work the best quality that you can. It’s just going to get better the more you work on it. The more you work, the closer you get and the more successful you will get. No matter what, there will be a time of no success, but never let that just take you down. Go at it with everything you have. Success is a great feeling, celebrate to that time and get ready for the next! Passion is what drives you, find inspiration and motivate yourself to get to success.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Come by & see my website! www.alexeybeverphotography.com. I have an online gallery that is being updated all the time. During the month of December, I release my calendar that has a mix of waves and landscape images from that year. Everyone gets excited about my calendar because it’s the perfect gift during that time. You are more than welcome to support me in social media. My Instagram is @alexeybever & my Facebook is @AlexeyBeverPhotography. Give me a follow!

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