Modern Russian photography has not been as well recognized as it should have been for reasons incongruous with its rich cultural heritage and deeply refined aesthetics. The motherland gave us literary giants such as Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, where War & Peace and Crime & Punishment are often required reading for high school students all over the world.
So back in March, when we saw the image of a beautiful golden sunset interrupted by a girl floating on top of the water, we were mesmerized and not the least bit surprised by its Russian origins. We reached out to the photographer, and amidst his travel and work, he graciously accepted our interview. The interview was conducted in Russian translated by my brilliant friend Nika A.
iLHP: Hi Yuri, thank you for speaking with us today. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I know spring is coming but let’s rewind a little bit to this blizzard we underwent during this winter because it offered very interesting things. So how do you photograph extreme conditions in a way nobody does? It depends on the way you look at it.
Part 1 of this series had a common approach winter photography, mostly from a landscape photography point of view. Here, I wanted to explore the situation with a different eye. I wanted to look at perspectives that people wouldn’t see by themselves. I wanted to look at those tiny things that we would forget, but that the camera lens can make us see differently, thanks to the depth of field and bokeh that our eye cannot reproduce naturally.
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