Do you miss Moscow?
What are your main inspirations?
I often miss the sense of community
My main inspirations for most of my
that I had as a fashion photographer
works are myths and fairy tales. You
in Moscow. Over the years, I’ve built
could not find a better place for such
my network here in Switzerland and
shoots than Switzerland. Lake Geneva,
feel quite confident putting a team
the Alps and numerous castles help
together for a shoot – but it did take
me tell my best stories about faraway
me a couple years here to reach that
lands. The photographers who also
inspire me most are Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh and Tim Walker.
How would you qualify your
What themes do you explore?
It is difficult for me to define my own
As a child, I’d read a lot on Greek
aesthetics; every shoot is different
mythology as well as Hans Christian
and I don’t have any “signature tricks”.
Andersen’s fairy tales. As I grew older,
My friends here in Switzerland often
I found the deeper meaning in those
tell me I have a very “Russian” vision,
stories. They are an expression of
dramatic and romanticised. I can
human emotions and feelings, born
argue against that since they’ve never
before the age of statistics. The fairy
actually visited Russia, but that is just
tale moves people’s souls just as
how other people see my work.
I wish my pictures would. →
Published on Dec 14, 2015
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