Nikita Savchenko
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What made you want to be a part of Neighbo(u)r?

I thought the challenge of the project was very fitting for my insecurities, and I loved the idea of it involving the expired film.

What was the most challenging part of the project?

The most challenging part was trusting myself and letting unfamiliar people trust me with such a personal process as taking pictures of them. I didn’t know what the result would look like and I didn’t want to disappoint the ones to whom I promised the pictures.

What was the most rewarding part of the project?

The feedback from my models helped me a lot, I feel more confident with my work and I can be more brazen to approach strangers with my photography.

Did this come easy to you, or did you find it difficult to approach strangers?

I find it energy consuming. After I approach at least a couple of strangers in one day, I feel like I need to take a rest from photography for for another day or two. Sometimes it depends on the people as well: some models made feel charged and more inspired after I approached them.

Who did you take photos of, and why?

Because I lived in college residence, most of my neighbours were the people that I saw almost every day, but I barely talked to them. And I picked my models because they looked interesting to talk to. Because of Neighbo(u)r, most of those encounters turned into friendship and productive relationships.

Did you learn anything about yourself or others during the process?

As I worked with unfamiliar models more and more, I became more relaxed and confident with how to make every person look as interesting as I see them in my head.

Did you make any new friends?

Of course, I’m planning to keep in touch with most of the people I took pictures of during that month.

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