Light Blinds, Shadows Show

My name is Kirk. I live in Portland, OR. I shoot things with cameras. I like movies & music & books & science & people & animals.

Which film by Tarkovsky do you like and value most?

I cannot answer this question. For me cinema is not a solution, it is a process. For example, while watching a film I am satisfied with only certain portion of it, and the degree of this satisfaction varies. Before I begin evaluating artistic merits I check whether the craftsmanship is good, I evaluate as a cameraman. Before anything else I feel responsible for the photography. I cannot sleep while the film is being processed in the lab. It’s difficult for me to say which of Tarkovsky’s films I like most. Those, however, which I photographed are a unique experience of my life. While studying at the VGIK I only had an illusion of taking part in artistic creation. Thanks to his films I became a real cameraman and I understood what true creation was.

- Vadim Yusov (20 April 1929 – 23 August 2013), cinematographer of The Steamroller and the Violin, Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Rublev, and Solaris.

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