ART PHOTO OF VLADIMIR SELEZNYEV
Photos of Vladimir Seleznev demonstrate an unusual approach to the creative process - it does not capture an interesting moment, but creates from everything that it sees around, a static…

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KONSTANTIN OF MUSHROOMS ABOUT THE “GENERALITY” OF GENERS OF PHOTO
Fascinated by the magic of film from childhood, Konstantin Gribov from an early age realized that he wanted to link his life with photography. He works in different genres, and…

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The art of black and white photography
Any photographer tries to stand out among his colleagues. Some go along an alternative path, preferring minimalism in their work. Sometimes such a person can pick up a smartphone and…

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LIGHT AND SHADE MARIA’S SPARROW

Both in painting and photography one of the most difficult genres is still life. The author here has to deal with a closed space, a relatively poor set of expressive means, the absence of explicit dynamics in the plot. In the genre of still life, finds are rarely found, even less often – discoveries. The more valuable every luck. One of them is still lifes of photographer Maria Vorobyeva, who managed to find a new approach to this classic genre.
In her works you will not see the usual ripe fruit, elegant vases with bouquets of flowers, antique jewelry. Maria Vorobyeva shoots something that usually stores human memory, and not film or digital media. These are images of the life that once was, and then dissolved in time, leaving behind only ghostly shadows. In order to learn more about the unusual technique of the shadow still life, we met with Maria Vorobyeva in her workshop.
Mary, how did you come to such a non-trivial view of still life?
I did this project “Apartment No. …” for the VGIK Photo School. I was about to shoot a series of still lifes about an abandoned, abandoned home. Just at that time in my apartment was being renovated – wallpaper was torn off from the walls, beneath them was exposed spongy concrete with pieces of old newspaper pages. And I decided to shoot at home. For a long time she conjured over various things, and suddenly realized that it was much more interesting for me to consider not real objects, but their shadows on walls that had seen a lot. I began to experiment with mirrors and glasses – it was thanks to their re-reflected light that the shadows became so voluminous, turned into a parallel reality and finally missed the reality we were used to.
I think that it is generally important for any person who is trying to engage in creativity. I mean the need to free your mind from some familiar images, to give yourself a chance to see the world differently. Remember the wonderful phrase from the movie “The Matrix” – “there is no spoon”? This episode perfectly illustrates the idea that our possibilities are limited only by the freedom of our consciousness. I was very happy to hear something similar once from Georgiy Pinkhasov. I am not going to quote the master, but his considerations were that it was best to remove them by turning off the logic, ceasing to analyze and calculate. This, of course, does not mean that I am completely divorced from reality. After all, shadow still lifes are just one project. I do subject shooting, street photography, and commercial photography — I was happy to remove dishes from the menu of the restaurant Honest Kitchen, a collection of clothes created by designer Lena Uvarova, to order.
– I saw your other art photos. Of course, they are all different. But one thing unites them – I think you are trying to convey the fleeting mobility of the world, which in its time fascinated the Impressionists.
– Such a comparison to many obligations. I really love the impressionists and the light is very important to me. I only recently began to understand him – the way he reveals the form, texture, constantly changes familiar objects and spaces. But the knowledge of light is a long way, on which, I hope, many discoveries await me.

Transmuseum by Igor Gusev in OXM
In October 2018, the Odessa Art Museum opened the Transmuseum experimental project of the artist Igor Gusev, which became an artistic intervention in the museum exhibition of classical art. Getting…

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Alexandra Exter: Amazon, carried away by the whirlwind of the revolution
Malevich, "inventing" Suprematism, did not let anyone into the workshop. The only exception was the avant-garde artist Alexandra Exter. Once a resident of Kiev, having moved to France, she taught…

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SVETLANA POZHARSKAYA: MASTER OF SPIRAL PHOTO
Svetlana Pozharskaya has always been attracted to art, and to art, not large-scale and official, but to her own, personal, sincere. As a child, she literally fell in love with…

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