True love will find you in the end
Vitalik Melnikov is a fashion photographer from Odessa, Ukraine. His works are a deep stare into the human soul, the appreciation of the established personality, the moment of closeness with the character. Pondering on existence, earning for the undefined, living the life, and just being happy and content are the main moments, the main elusive elements. Self-portraits are yet another attempt towards the realization of personality, of what is possible to capture and bring forward in a frame.
"I think the characters are very magical and love is in their minds".
True Love Will Find You In The End is a recent editorial shot by Vitalik with the stylist Anna Sandri and the makeup artist Regina Khanipova. Love, romance, tenderness and a very unique affection. Delicate hands, the time of waiting for the special someone.
What is this story about and what is the dynamics between the characters?
Name of the shoot is True Love Will Find You In The End. It’s the name of the song by Daniel Johnston. I think the characters are very magical and love is in their minds.
You shot both indoors and outdoors. In which city and what locations did you shoot it? How many days did it take to finish?
Yes, we shot in Barcelona, in our stylist’s apartment, and in the park. It was a one day shoot.
"The one thing that is also the most important is to see a true life in the models. We don’t seek beautiful girls and boys, rather we prefer more natural talents with character".
Tell about the process of casting, what was important for you to achieve with this shooting?
Sometimes it takes us several days to make a choice… Stylist and I write to various agencies in Barcelona and ask to see available talents. So, it’s not always a simple choice because agencies send us details, but we might request seeing more and more. The one thing that is also the most important is to see a true life in the models. We don’t seek beautiful girls and boys, rather we prefer more natural talents with character.
What was the main inspiration for the story?
I wanted to shoot a couple, a girl and a boy. They do some normal, classic things and they are a little bit crazy about clothes. I think it’s about the love of a girl and a boy who are very open to the world and aren’t shy to do what they want.