I am frequently asked this question. Please find below a range of responses I have given on this topic during previous interviews.
Belarusian artist Jurij Treskow was drawn to the world of photography not by a fascination with cameras, but by the intoxicating lifestyle of high-end fashion. It happened when he was still a student, when a friend's cousin, a model, visited from Lithuania. "She would tell us stories of her travels, the world of fashion, and photo shoots," Treskow says.Maxim USA 2017
It annoys me when I'm asked the same questions over and over again. At first, it was flattering, but now it's maddening. "How did you start doing photography?" Oh, for heaven's sake! It's because I couldn't do anything else properly and still can't. Sladkoenapotom. 2011
I took my first photos with my grandfather's camera. I took pictures of everything I saw, which wasn't much back then. I didn't have a strong passion for photography at first; I was fairly indifferent to it. I enjoyed looking at photographs more than taking them, like any other child would. But my love for photography came later, as a result of my love for life.KYKY 2013
From my childhood, I remember the rare, boundless amount of film my grandfather used to shoot, which was uncommon at that time. The boundless amount of developed film equated to billions of boxes of black and white photographs that I still love to look at today. Perhaps this was the beginning of the reason? The continuation took place in Germany, where my first success came when my project was chosen as exemplary during an art class on the topic of "photography." It was the moment when I realized that I could be better than others in something, and it didn't depend on knowledge but on skill. The third part of the reason, in the best traditions of life's paths, was a coincidence. My friend, who worked at the "Elephant" modeling agency in Brest, suggested I take pictures of the girls. "Take pictures" is a very fitting word for that stage. Honestly, it was a photoshoot to get to know the girlsFatal 2018
At first, I used to photograph morning dew and various small objects. Macro photography was my preference. There was a website called skill.ru where I used to post my works, and there was a comment and rating system.
I was one of the first registered users because I knew the creator of the project. At that time, there was a very peculiar online community. The incentive to post photos and receive feedback from people was very exciting back then, around 2002-2003, or perhaps a little earlier. It was great for expanding my horizons and connecting with people, even if it sounds strange. I posted all kinds of pictures, and at the time when there were rankings, I was in the top 10, not because of quality but simply because of my persistence and methodical approach. Gradually, these photos led me to realize that if you photograph people, you get a higher rating.
Later, I moved to Brest and stayed with my friend who was a stylist. He had contacts with models from the "Elephant" modeling agency, and he told me that there were a couple of very talented girls and suggested that we organize a photo shoot with them as friends. At that time, it was just a photo shoot where I asked the models to bring some clothes, and I came up with various different concepts, bought red threads, and brought strange things from home.. Odyssey 2019
Treskow took a camera for the first time at three years old. His grandfather was an amateur photographer and collected old cameras that he used as building blocks to build his fantasy worlds, as precious pieces of Lego in the last breaths of the Soviet Union. Three decades later, the camera remains the element he uses to catch his fantasies. His main influences are Avedon, Newton, Bourdin and Penn.Solar 2018