For me it became more than just a shift from black and white to colour, I was looking at things differently, searching for other kinds of harmony and interactions between subjects, colours and shapes with the latter two becoming increasingly important and at times overtaking the subjects.
I believe that colours and shapes have their own meanings and I often tend to look at my photographs as if they were abstract paintings with two key distinguishing features: first, all my photographs portray real life, they are not staged, manipulated or set up in any way and; second, in contrast to the paintings, they include the element of unpredictability, mostly in the form of a human element. In my photographs I often use reflective surfaces as they help me to make the photographs more abstract, change the meanings or sometimes add some mystery. In many of my photographs colour is playing the leading role, it is the main subject of my images. I want my viewers to ask questions, to find their own meanings and to get aesthetic pleasure from my work.
When we think about colour photographs, we often recall India, Latin America and the USA, but usually not England. In contrast, Heavy Colour has been inspired by London. I came to London from Southern Europe and initially found it rather grey and dull so to cheer myself up I decided to challenge myself and hunt for intense colour here. It is a challenge that I still enjoy every day.” Dmitry Stepanenko