My name is Denis Churin (I also called myself Wordman some time ago, and even had a web site of the same name).
I was interested in photography during my work as a seller consultant in the photo equipment shop in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) in 2002. Naturally, nobody taught me the photography theory or the laws of composition and, naturally again, I thought I don’t need it at all. “Talent is the main thing!” I told myself and was very surprised when my photos of flowers and butterflies didn’t win any photo contest.
From 2003 till 2008 I almost didn’t doing photography because of my participation in a rock band as a bass guitar player. But I still dreamed about my own photo camera. Fortunately, I bought my first camera in the Summer 2008 (it wasn’t as easy as it sounds but it doesn’t matter anymore). Of course, this camera was DSLR as well as I knew a lot about cameras being a former seller of it. But as it always happens the wide photo equipment knowledge doesn’t guarantee that you will make masterpieces. As for me I made mediocre images. Honestly, a great bunch of it was really awful with a very few not bad photos and it was like faint glow of light in the far end of the tunnel (or may be it was just a freight train? ).
It happened that almost in the same moment I started doing commercial object photography to my employer (let’s call it additional duties) and of course it improved my photography skills soon. Moreover, my leaving the rock band in the Spring 2009 gave me a time for creative photography.
Finally, in the end of Summer 2015 I was refused in study permit in one of the foreign colleges (I wanted to study photography) and was absolutely tired of my work as a boat equipment seller. In addition, I had some little achievements in creative photography to that moment (I believe the top one is that my “Flowers of Rain” photo was included in The Russian Museum collection). Furthermore, there was an acute feeling of sand of time leaking through my fingers into emptiness. Therefore, I decided to change not only my job but also my entire life: I left my work and became a photographer freelancer. Since November 2016 till December 2018 I was a full-time product photographer in the “1000 and One Shoe” company. At the moment, I am an interior and product self-employed photographer, again.
And that’s why this web site has two main sections: Art (where you can find my best photos and the latest photo series) and Portfolio (samples of my complete commercial orders in interior, object and report photography).
Well, and to complete this self portrait I can add that I’m very fond of words (think that’s noticeable ). I mean I love to write. Stories, articles, tales, even poems. (I know that my English is not really good and I beg your pardon for it. But I learn it everyday and it constantly improving so if you visit my site some times in the future I will warp you by my English less and less with each passing day.) Therefore, I try to complement some of my photos and every new photo series with either my own lines (“Fairy Tales About Trees” for instance) or texts by my favorite writers (excerpts from Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” in my “One Summer Morning” series for example).
So, if you are not tired yet (it would surprise me!), and already have seen my photos, and still don’t want to escape from here I offer you to read my blog. And thanks a lot for your time!
Participation in exhibitions and contests, awards, publications:
2018 – “The Head of the Dragon” photo is a winner of the photo contest “How beautiful is this World – show!” by TV and Radio Company “MIR” (Russia)
2018 – won “Best Of Houzz-2018” award in “Client Service” nomination
2017 – won “Best Of Houzz-2017” award in “Client Service” nomination
2016 – “Farewell To The Summer-6” photo is the finalist of the “Nothern Beauty” photo contest by “National Geographic Russia” magazine and the participant of the “Nothern Beauty” collective exhibition in the “Galereya” mall in Saint-Petersburg
2013 – “At the Doorstep of Sky” photo is joint winner of “10 years and 3 centuries of relationships between Russia and South Italy” photo contest in “Art photography” nomination
2012 – “Flowers of Rain” photo took part in the 2nd Biennale “Contemporary photography” by The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg). The photo included in the museum’s collection and published in the Biennale catalog
2011 – collective exhibition “Space” in the “StART Academy” gallery (St. Petersburg) with the participation of the photographer Rip Griffith (USA)
2010 – a portrait of photographer Valery Degtyarev published together with the report of his creative evening (report is by Denis Churin too) in the newspaper “The Photos of Saint-Petersburg” (№1 (189) 2010)
2009 – “The Shadow Girl” photo is joint winner of the photo contest by Kodak and the magazine “The Consumer. Photo & video cameras”
2005 – collective exhibition in the “Vladimir Mayakovsky memorial library” (the organizer is “CCP “Alba”) (St. Petersburg)
2004 – collective exhibition “Sky” in the “Nickolay Chernyshevsky memorial library” (organizer is “CCP “Alba”) (St. Petersburg)
Several works are in private collections. “Flowers of Rain” photo is in The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) collection.