Learn to dream: incredible stories of photographer Kirill Umrikhin

What to hide, journalists are often invited to press tours. For us, this is not just an opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of the event, but also to meet and communicate with unique people. During my trip to Krasnoyarsk, I became a listener of the Boardspeskers lecture, as part of an extreme weekend from Toyota. One of the speakers at the lecture hall was photographer Kirill Umrikhin .

Learn to dream: incredible stories of photographer Kirill Umrikhin

Photo: from Kirill Umrikhin's personal archive

He talked a lot about his travels in pursuit of stunning shots. He talked about how these trips radically changed his life, taught him to think bigger and not be afraid to get involved in adventures. After that we managed to communicate in person. For me, this is not just an interview, but a great opportunity to show readers that when you truly love what you do and are not afraid to put everything on the line at one point, you can hit the jackpot and go on an incredible and exciting journey of a lifetime.

History 1. Raise the sails of the legendary Kruzenshtern

Location: the world's oldest sailing ship Kruzenshtern. The history of the ship is unique - it went through the Second World War, it was not destroyed, it was not damaged during the war. It went to Russia as a payment to the winning side. If he had stayed in Germany, he would have been cut into scrap metal. And in some incredible way, he went through the 90s. It was built as a cargo ship, but has long been helping naval college students master the profession. When I was offered to go there and shoot, I agreed without hesitation.

Travel time: 8 days on the high seas.

Route: Amsterdam - Copenhagen.

- Kirill, tell me how you got on the sailing ship?
- I've been invited there for two years. The bottom line is that anyone can get on this ship. Moreover, Mikhail Kozhukhov, the founder of the Travel Club, made it so that everyone could get on it, made an agreement with the shipowners, and this is very difficult ... They wrote to me, told me not to plan anything for July, and I agreed. I thought I had never sailed a yacht. Therefore, before that I went to Norway on a small yacht for a week, then trained in Moscow and only then got to Kruzenshtern.

- Were you called to photograph life on the ship?
- I was invited there to shoot mostly a photo reportage from a drone, no one has ever done this before me. Because there are a lot of difficulties in the process, starting with the fact that the ship is metal, and this creates interference. Plus, you can't lower the boat, sail on it and start the drone from there, because it's very difficult. The boat does not catch up with the ship, nothing can be done on the move.

- You said that Kruzenstern's sails were stuffed especially for you. Tell us about it.
- Oh, that's another story! Stuffing the sail takes about two and a half hours. That is, 200 people for my sake spent two and a half hoursrus to get a beautiful shot. When we did it on the first day and I showed the footage to the captain, he was very surprised. When you see your ship from the side, from above, the frames are like from a movie. We filmed two days in a row, and on the third, at some point, he calls me and asks if we filmed everything. I answered yes. Then he told me that he was asking, because if we didn't remove the sails in half an hour, we would crash into the ground.

Learn to dream: incredible stories of photographer Kirill Umrikhin

Photo: from the personal archive of Kirill Umrikhin

- How was it technically?
- Technically, it was perhaps the most difficult shooting in my life. It got to the point that the sailing master said: Let him already crash into the sail, we will catch him, just to return the frame. Because everyone sees a beautiful frame on the screen, which is obtained, and the drone soars in the sky at this time. As a result, I made a one-minute video, especially for the guys. The photographer, who lives on the ship, saw and said that he went around the world for 14 months. For his sake, the boat was launched four times in 14 months. That is, he had the opportunity to photograph the ship from the outside four times. I had this opportunity for two or three days in a row thanks to technology and drones. Then he asked to send these photos to publish them in the book.

- What was the most difficult - starting the copter or landing?
- Of course landing. During the start we almost crashed into the flagpole. You start in the shade of the wind, near the sail, and then you take off, and the drone immediately blows away. The ship is sailing at full speed, and it is technically very difficult to catch up with it. The ship also rocks a lot. Therefore, it is very difficult to synchronize the drone so that it does not crash into anyone.

- How long have you been on the ship?
- About 8-9 days. We came from Amsterdam, from Den Helder. The large ships festival was held there. We left the Kruzenshtern festival in parade. I had to shoot the parade myself, but due to the fact that it was a NATO military base, we were forbidden to raise the drone, and the weather was not very good. We left Den Helder, circled the entire North Sea and entered Copenhagen. The North Sea is very difficult to navigate. We ran away from the storm all the time.

Learn to dream: incredible stories of photographer Kirill Umrikhin

Photo: from Kirill Umrikhin's personal archive

- How did you plan the shooting?
- I had two drones. If one fell, then I had the second - that's all ( laughs ). Every time I landed, I changed flash drives and took off again, so that there was already some material. When we saw all this on the computer, it was incredible. This year they offer me to rent the rest of the sailboats. There is also Sedov, there are ships that sail in the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps I am still going there.

Story 2. Conquest of Antarctica

- Tell us about your experience of a trip to Antarctica. How did it happen? It's insanely expensive!
- I think the most correct thing in life is to do what you love. Becausein this case, you get to do your job cool. When you do your job cool, people notice you, and after that they want to invite you to such unique projects. In another way, you can get to them only by being an oligarch. Because a trip to Antarctica costs at least 50 thousand dollars, and this is without tickets. I'm not ready to pay that kind of money to go there. I went to Antarctica with the Mamont Cup. Mammoth is a foundation that develops unusual adventures. After Antarctica, I realized that there are real travelers and discoverers on earth. It would seem that everything is already open, but there are things that no one has ever done. And such funds help budgets to make a new discovery.

Learn to dream: incredible stories of photographer Kirill Umrikhin

Photo: from Kirill Umrikhin's personal archive

The mammoth organizes a trip somewhere every year. Two years ago, I ended up with them as a drone operator. I am usually taken as a person who will take off with a drone where others say that you cannot fly here. When conditions are very difficult: wind, sea, ocean, mountains. They called me there two years ago, there was a place on the research vessel. Then I said that everything is fine, but this is December 22-26, I have New Year's plans, and January was scheduled. I could not agree to a two month expedition. Therefore, when they called me for the second time this year, I thought that it would be impossible to give up Antarctica the second time.

And it was right. It is impossible to realize where you were, it was more like space: both in feelings, and in sensations, and in distance. There are only a thousand people around you on a circle of 6000 kilometers.

- Do you often go on such trips?
- There are trips where my name is a photographer, somewhere like drone operator. And other projects have to be organized by myself. This is much more interesting, but more difficult. First you get an idea of ​​where you want to go, then you put together a team, you find a whole team, sponsors, media support. It's a lot of stress, but when you see that people are happy, companies are happy and you yourself are happy with your photos. And when you show it at exhibitions or in magazines, you see the result.

Learn to dream: incredible stories of photographer Kirill Umrikhin

Photo: from the personal archive of Kirill Umrikhin

Story 3. Story with continuation

- Which of the last projects are you proud of?
- I've just started filming in Krasnaya Polyana. I really want to show this region as a diamond of Russia. A place where there is nature, surfing, snowboarding. But this story is not over yet. Now I am organizing the next project. There are very distant islands where I am going to go on a yacht, having gathered a team. There, 9 out of 10 people do not even know that this is Russia. This is the Far East, the Pacific Ocean. I want to try working there. We have assembled a team, it remains to understand how and when we are driving, because it is unsafe and difficult, we need to take everything into account. It's storm seasonand for the shot we need a storm, but we also need to sail on a yacht for two days to the place of filming and return from there.

And a small project that I did in October together with Pasha Vishnev. There is an amazing place, almost no one knew about it - the village of Konduki. In the middle of the twentieth century, there was a quarry, which was abandoned after the revolution, because coal is not profitable to mine. They dug huge pits, which are now filled with blue water. It's very beautiful there. What the locals dug up, they put in the mountains. It turned out to be sandy mountains from solid ground, blue lakes and golden autumn trees in the background. Not a single person around. When we met with the operator, we simultaneously told each other that it was so beautiful there that it was not clear how to shoot it. Blue water, yellow trees and blue sky are perfect. I hope I'll come back there, because the prospects of this place, in terms of filming, are colossal.

It is important to learn to dream

- When you started working as a photographer, initially thought that everything would develop like this?
- As a child, I read several motivating books at school. It said that it is important to dream. And my mother also told me that it is important to do what you like and it is important to dream. When you find a dream, you reluctantly mentally go to it. Apparently, I wrote and drew some of my dreams somewhere.

Basically, I wanted to become a sports photographer from the 10th grade. I loved snowboarding and accordingly wanted to shoot it. I wanted to travel. Previously, these were business trips from magazines, then from brands, now there are some own projects. This is developing, and it is important for me to look for new ways. It is important for me to tell, to engage people in sports and photography. I feel that by teaching people or developing, I get the opportunity to move on and not stop. What this will result in, I do not know. What has happened now? In beautiful photography, wonderful emotions and in the fulfillment of my goal - for people to get up from sofas and go to travel, seek adventure, go in for sports, a healthy lifestyle, travel around Russia.

Learn to dream: incredible stories of photographer Kirill Umrikhin

Photo: from the personal archive of Kirill Umrikhin

The crisis gave motivation to study Russia, not to go to the Alps, to the States, but to find new places with us.

I am often asked what to shoot. It doesn't matter if it's a super expensive camera or not. It is important to take pictures, to get emotions and pleasure. One of the most important values ​​in life that we can get here and now is adventure and travel.

Learn to dream: incredible stories of photographer Kirill Umrikhin

Photo: from personal archive of Kirill Umrikhin

And during adventures it is difficult not to take pictures, so you need to get up and do it. Get up and seek adventure, no matter where, in the city or at work. If they are not there, then there is a kind of wilting. It is important to constantly strive somewhere. You have to look for what you want to do anddo it.

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