I am a Russian born and that is the core of my
being. Through photography I exercise all my experience of the Russian
culture, which is built on appreciation of classical art. Nude is a favorite
subject of classical art of all ages. It is my favorite as well. In classical
art the female body is perceived not as an erotic object but as expression
of natural beauty. When I was working to compose a photograph of a female
nude, there are moments when I see through the camera the relationship
of light and dark, a graceful line of a hip, or a bend of knee, that all
seem to work together, creating a perfect balance and harmony that make
the image work and speak. I strive to show the idea of a moment, a captured
movement. In my close-ups I try to catch the lightness of a body fragment,
as if it were simply caught by your quick glance and stayed in your memory
for a little longer. Some of my close ups bear a removed sense of abstraction,
others reveal the relationship between pure line and personality, and
the rest imply subtle sensuality. I want my audience to be drawn into
my photographs. I truly enjoy taking pictures of men and women who have
no experience modeling in studio settings. Their spontaneity and frankness
make our collaboration very interesting and productive, and more fun.
It also makes me happy when they see themselves from their perception
of themselves. Just as I share with them my creative process, I enjoy
sharing the final result with varieties of audiences and get feedback.
I see it is as double reflection of my inner perception of beauty - through
my photographs, and in the mirror of viewers eyes.