Most of all I like to go away, float away, leave.
Indeed, I should say it is not photography but what accompanies it. Story, people and notes in notebooks are my main work. Photography is just a side-effect of all these. At least I would like to think so.
I’ve been wanting to become a writer since I was 7, so I entered philological department. Since 27 – an artist so I entered The Rodchenko Art School but then left it. I also studied it ICA (Institute of contemporary art). But everything I use in my work now I’ve learned myself.
Photography from «The Village day» series.
My favorite camera is Yashica 124 Mat. I don’t really like its results but I like it in process of shooting.
I like to photograph Russia. Here I can see a double bottom behind a picture, be nostalgic, laugh and feel pain in my heart. All my impressions here are absolutely personal and concern me. I photograph countryside because I have feeling that real Russia and real life exists only there.
Photography from «Kich Gorodok» series
This is Nina Alekseevna, we met her in Kich-town (small town in Vologda Region) near her house. Nina Alekseevna was wearing a black padded coat, rubber boots, black kerchief and with scythe in her hands – she was mowing the grass on her plot of land. When she found out about the shooting she went inside her house and came back in her best dress and shoes. She sat on the porch and made her face like you see it on the photo.
"The Sheltering Sky" Paul Bowles
"Les Bienveillantes" Jonathan Littell
"Door in your eye" Wells Tower
"Die Frau Auf Der Treppe" Gerhard Richter
I don’t have any.
I haven’t been following anyone for a long time and it is not that interesting for me as it was before. American school impacted on me a lot in my time – Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Alec Soth, Garry Winogrand and many others.
I am interested in contemporary art. Too pity that it is a rare thing to bring something really good to Russia.
Photography from «The Village day» series
To continue my work in the same vein.
David Bowie "Space Oddity"