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PATTERN MAGAZINE has existed since December 2011. On that day, first met the current composition of the editors to discuss the first issue. Two months later, comes out February issue. The magazine will be published once a month. In each issue we will introduce you to the photographers, stylists, makeup artists and photo models from around the world. This magazine is about people, teams, ideas and their implementations. The magazine is distributed absolutely free of charge from various sources on the Internet. Was chosen as the most popular format for distributing magazines online - pdf. Editorial team, itâ€™s the volunteers who are interested in photography and are ambitious enough. Team of magazine is still formed and we welcome new sponsors and participants of this project.
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Greetings from chief editor Let’s get acquainted That is. That is how it all started. One winter morning we gathered to get acquainted and to discuss something principally new. Even those who knew each other for a long time were recognizing each other again from the other side. Some people were new for us and we were twice as happy because we didn’t count on them when our plans were just written on the paper. Some people were among our old friends but as it turned out this fact wasn’t important for building a team. That morning we all were well aware that not all of the will be with us till the end. But those who will stay, they will really be enthusiastic about this job. Then again, no. It all started nine months ago. When idea itself was on the tip of the tongue but was afraid to appear on the paper. There were some shy attempts, samples of covers were created, the sites were designed, the articles were read but everything broke against one simple word – “later”. And there were always reasons to delay it and the reasons then seemed evident and unquestioned. No sponsors, no supporters and no time. Every time when I delayed it for a month or for two I forgot about it at all and spent my time working on other projects. Ana maybe everything started even earlier when I for the first time visited a real editorial office of a glossy magazine. I saw its life; when I was speaking to elder people, people of other generation; when I was making my first steps in this field, when I was getting people’s opinion. I should thank them. My teenage minimalism didn’t allow me to realize what I should thank them for. Now I realize it better. Then I learned the most important thing: only a team of like-minded people and real fans can make something really interesting. I learned that motivation can be different, that attitudes within the team are no less important than everything else. Actually, it doesn’t really matter how it all started. The major thing was to tell ourselves that we want to do it and we’ll do it. To set a deadline, to communicate, to be rejected but keep on going. To change something when you are on your halfway as it happened with the name of the magazine and with the topic of our first issue. But I treat it as development disease. But we are developing with confidence, strictly as planned because we are very young. I sincerely believe that our current team that was working on the first issue has all the potential for growth and development. We didn’t plan to give life to the first issue and then die. We know our strengths and weaknesses and we’ll be trying our best to improve with your help. Our editor staff is open for criticism but let it be well-meant criticism.
Because of all this we may forgot about the main point. You may ask what our magazine is about. First of all our magazine is about people. About very different people who work in such a complex field as photography. Photography can be as different as billions of people on our planet. We combined several various cultures form many corners of the world. Every person brought to our magazine a special value and we never forget them. They believed in us and in our abilities. And thank you, our readers, that you reading this. Thank you all! Be with us!
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DANI MANTIS VALLAPEOPLE PROJECT............................................................................9
INTERVIEW ALEXANDER STRELTSOV..............................................................................65
COLLUM LUBOV SHATALOVA.............................................................................................109 YOUTH MIHO NEIMAN..........................................................................................................117
BEAUTY ANNA KARTASHOVA.............................................................................................131 PHOTO MODEL MARINA MARINKINA..........................................................................139 INFO..............................................................................................................................................145
DANI MANTIS V A
VA L L A P E O P L E P R O J E C T AND TRIFÁSICOS PROJECT Daniel Prieto Redondo - more commonly known as “Danimantis” or Dani Mantis. He was born in Valladolid “Vallacity”, Spain in 1976, 29 April. He photographs since sixteen years old and now seriously considering taking the step to a more professional level. Recently he finish one of his biggest challenges and projects. That was one picture every day for 365 days. 365 portraits in one year than all the people walking or working in his city. In his life there is nothing more important to children Bruno and Matthias, and of course my wife, Anita.
One and distinctive aspects of his project, which distinguishes it from similar, were photographed hands of people. They are like a passport for each of us. All of them are different, but can tell you even more than we are currently.
His family has actively supported during the project. Becoming part of a project of the inhabitants of VALLA city.
The project presents people of different ages, professions, social status.
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NAD ROMERO UAE, DUBAI http://500px.com/NadRomero
Indonesian photorapher from Philippine Base in Dubai UAE Amature in pho-
tography more on portraiture, i love capturing mix emotion facial expression of people by taking picture starts from the heart passing in the eye, interested more on culturistic portrait and glamour photography.
Photographer living and working in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As an architect and his work for carrying out most of his time, he still finds an opportunity to create
the correct and geometrically adjusted photographs. His main work has an impact on the image created by them, making them quite different from the others. INDONESIA, YOGYAKARTA
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Photographer form Indonesia. His best photos are made with the help of a natural and portable pulse light. No matter what Bosco takes up either wedding photography, or family session or commercial shooting the result is always of high quality.
DANI PARA Spanish photographer Danny Parra who lives and works in Madrid. His works are based on the amazing processing of urban landscapes. He actively applies his excellent knowledge of still processing and that allows him to obtain outstanding results. SPAIN, MADRID
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Evgenia is a 25 year old photographer from Rostovon-Don where she lives and works. She got interested in photography 4 years ago and since that she made quite many eye catching photographs. She always believed that photo which is made with feeling will surely stand out.
http://www.evgeniagalan.com M O D E L E L E N A A R K H I P O VA
Tatyana is a student of Siberian University of Consumer Cooperation. She tries her best to make shots that really heat the imagination. She is constantly perfecting herself in this art and faces the future with optimism, where one more successful project is already waiting for her.
Ambitious photographer form Poltava, Ukraine. «Homo sapiens, series «Comic» published in 1983, jeans
shorts, plaid shirt, Pringles and Sony camera, all the rest world is in my curly head».
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Photographer from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk who has an amazing look through lens. She presents her portfolio in natural light. A rtzoo . 5 0 0 px . com | vk . com / artzoo
“I never thought what I want to say with my photographs. I just do want I want to do very much”
Alexander is a photographer form Kiev, Ukraine. He is the author of many interesting photo projects. Either studio or shooting outside the result is always the same – great photographs by a master. He takes active part in various social networking sites for photographs and he shares with our magazine one more of his projects.
For you with what did photography begin? In my life photography started several times. No, no. it’s not my childhood or film cameras. I never joined photographic clubs and didn’t go to school for photographers and so on and so forth. Photography overwhelmed my mind when I was a grown up and it was absolutely consciously. But, alas, the money I could earn then was enough to buy only some unpretentious snapshot camera. At that time technologies were still developing. It was a 3 megapixels snapshot camera. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite realize what else I needed for photography and surely I came across imperfection and lack of equipment. Now it’s a popular belief that one can make a good photo with his mobile phone.
Well I prefer not to object in such cases So, after it photography was given up for a long time. I didn’t even have a thought to start it again. Only years later I had a need “to make some pics” and that made me to take camera in my hands again. But this time it was DSLR camera of an impressive size (of course for me and in those times). But I didn’t care much about it, because I didn’t plan to take up photography that time. But I admit that there was something magical about it, some very pleasant feeling, a feedback when I took that huge magnesium thing and the whole kilo of a high-quality glass. I won’t pretend, of course I liked to see the world through the object-finder. But that was the second time when it all stopped. It’s funny but now looking back I realize that how many times I neglected what I’m actively and seriously doing now. Considering my experience I wouldn’t dare to predict my future life. I don’t know what I will be doing in my distant future but at present moment photography absolutely invaded my life. Since recently I made it possible to devote to photography all my time. And you know, I’m damn happy about it because I have no idea what else could really interest me in my life. Who was the first to see you shots? My wife It is her I should thank that I again seriously took up photography. Your attitude to criticism? And are you self-critical? Oh yes! I’m extremely self-critical. I’m satisfied from my work only for a short period of time. But some time later I look at my photographs differently and begin to understand that something is wrong
and I should have made it in a different way. But I never had a desire to remake something. I always want something new. As for my attitude to criticism, I’m always in favor of constructive criticism. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t happen very often. Well-meant critique is good for creative development. It’s very important to look at your work through others’ eye. But these eyes should be experienced enough not to confuse people with excessive and irrelevant grunge attitude. Do you trust your friends’ opinion when they judge your photographs? Hardly any friend is able to express an objective opinion, to say as it is. Who wants to offend his friend? What inspires you? A woman. And also numerous Internet sources about photography, advertising etc., something is always spinning around the topic. Each photography is your improvisation or a thoroughly thought-out plan? More often it’s a thought-out improvisation. I’ve never planned every detail. Never made sketches. Maybe it’ll become a routine in my work later. And maybe not. What do you think, does a photographer has limit to perfection? I want to believe that this question doesn’t have a positive answer. Are there any photographers that you want to look up to? At first there were. There were such authors. But no matter how hard I tried I got something different, something else. And my line didn’t want to imitate and to copy. I think that it’s very important to learn by imitating some of the worthy master. Only in this way one can perfect the techniques. And the style, unique style will appear anyway, it will grow. Where do you prefer to work: in a studio or outside? It’s warm in the studio and nothing drips on your head. Besides your work is 100% predictable. It’s a big advantage However nothing is better that a variety that we have outside any room, a variety of nature, of light, colors, shadows. But to my deepest regret we have neglected and all in a muck nature. Returning to a question I can confidently say that for me these two things are not interchangeable. Not all I want to shoot can be done outside. And vice versa. What about the color: you prefer color or black-and-white photographs? I like color. I think that it’s more dynamic unlike black-and-white photography. Of course, I hold monochrome photography in respect. It’s stillness can say a lot. However I prefer to color emotions with color.
How many people took part in this project? Only essential: a model, a make-up artist and my wife in a role of a stylist What are your nearest goals or creative plans? My major and most important plan is creative development. At this period of my life on my horizon appear endless opportunities and ideas. My plan is to get inspiration in everything, in what is arising and born around me. I want to create something important not only for myself but for somebody else. And no matter that the moment will last only a couple of seconds while people are looking at my photograph. Your advice to beginners? To learn to make beautiful photographs choose beautiful people. I’ve seen not once that beginner photographers begin their career and make photographs of people who are not photogenic. In my opinion it’s a strategic error. You won’t have a goof photo and failure can discourage you to take up photography. Especially, if a photographer has little practice and experience of working with light. Look for pretty models who don’t mind TFP. And try to devote as much time as possible to photography. Remember that when a camera is not in your hands, you are not getting experience. You should move all the time. Only this way you can reach something. Don’t neglect information in Internet, there’s Is there some idea that you aren’t able to bring to life but you want it very much? So far everything that came to my mind was quite possible for bringing it to life Let’s return to your photo set, what do you want people to see? You know, I never thought what I want to say with my photographs. I just do want I want to do very much. If someone else likes it then I do it well and my efforts were not for nothing. I need photography to show my attitude. Something from myself. What I see, what I feel, something that is inside me. And people who watch my photographs are very important. There’s no sense of speaking in an absolutely empty room. But in any case, everyone will hear what he wants to hear, what is close to him. I have a right only to set a tone.
a lot of it. You don’t need to read all the books on photography that were published last century. Lazy people can find abstracts about the basics of composition and light. Start with it, never make bad mistakes because of your laziness and lack of desire to learn the theory. In this case going to photo clubs will be absolutely senseless. The best club is experience of other people. Visit various Internet sources about photography. Look through galleries, read commentaries. 90% of commentaries are just a small talk and “ahs and ohs”. Look for the 10% of useful information. And remember expensive equipment has nothing to do with making great photos. When you are looking at a photo try to feel it, to understand why it is like that. And I mean not only the technical. Aspect of it. This my advice
Our editorial staff want to thank you for this interview! In my turn I want to thank editorial staff for attention to my person. I wish your magazine a good trip on your travel to educating people. Success be to your efforts, creative development and big audience!
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MIROSLAV PETRASKO Bratislava, Slovakia
For you with what did photography begin? What encouraged you? I started taking photos about two-three years ago. Before that I used to process photos for my friends, but never took any of my own. Actually what pushed me into it was a friend. She had such a passion for photography, that over time it also infected me. Who was the first to see you photos? The above mentioned friend. I got from her a lot of feedback on my photos, which helped a lot at the start. What is your attitude to criticism? Are you self-critical? I’m very self-critical. Many times when I finish processing a photo, I just delete it and start from scratch. I can see so many faults in my photos, that nobody will ever see, but they bother me. The trick is to stop when I’m 90% satisfied, because trying to get to 100% will only make it worse. I’m really not that concern about criticism from other people. What I have noticed over the last years, that good photographers are almost never critical. They like to encourage you and show you the correct way how to do it, if you are doing something wrong. And the criticism from others, does not really matter. You can’t please everyone. Isomeone doesn’t like your photos, they never will.
Why HDR photos? Before I started with photography, I used to do abstract images, created completely in Photoshop. So HDR photos were closer to the style I liked. I’m just doing the same thing I did before, but don’t start from scratch, but from a photo itself. Do you participate in exhibitions? Personally or in a team? There are plans for the future, but currently I don’t participate in any exhibitions. You have many works with bridges. Do you have any special object for photography? Bridges is my favorite theme from the start. Bridges have something magnificent and romantic about them. If you just look at their purpose, to connect places, to connect people. There are also so many nice compositions with bridges. With their structure, reflection in the water and all the lights, there are just excellent for any kind of photos. Is there some idea that you aren’t able to bring to life but you want it very much? No, not really. There are places I would like to visit and take a lot of photos there. But as my skills and ambitions evolve, they probably will be some in the future. What about photographers in Slovakia? Is photography popular in your country? There are a lot of photographers here, but somehow, HDR is not really that popular. I don’t really know about a second photographer here, who regularly publishes HDR photos. It’s actually quite strange to me, with the popularity of HDR, it’s not popular here. You are one of active users of photographers social networks in the Internet. Does it give much to you to be a part of this society? It’s really good to be active. You get a lot of feedback, inspiration and information from other people. But as everything on the Internet, you shouldn’t take it so seriously. You shouldn’t try to compare yourself to other people, as that can easily discourage you. Especially if you just started with photography. Whether this factor is important for you? It’s important, in the way, that you need to advance yourself. Interacting with other photographers can give you new goals and targets, where you want to get. But you should not try to copy other people, but to find your own style. I really like to find out how other photographers process their photos, and then try to incorporate it into my workflow. This pushes me forward. Each photography is your improvisation or a thoroughly thought-out plan? Both. Each time I go somewhere, I try to find out what’s interesting there, and try to think of shots I would like to take there. Looking at Google Maps, Flickr, Stuck on Earth, I try to find other people photos, to identify the best spots to go to.
Photographers are creative people e and usually they can’t organize themselves. Are you successful in organizing your time? I try to organize my day. But I’m not very successful. It happens a lot, that I just see nice clouds or a great color of a sunset and I run out to take some photos. But when I take a trip somewhere, I always plan it, that during sunset I’m out taking photos. As I cannot go back so easily, as when I’m in Bratislava, I try to get the most from that day. Are there any fun stories that happened during your work? If yes, will you please tell us. Taking photos is always fun. As long as nobody asks you to stop. Usually the best source for funny situations are the random people around me. Trying to get into the shot, wondering what are you taking photos off. The nearest creative plans? I’m quite interested in HDR panoramas and vertoramas. Especially the vertoramas, they give a very unique and appealing look onto the world. Are you going to visit others countries to collect some more HDR photos from every corner of the world? There are a lot of plans for the future. The closest one is a trip to Madrid, Spain and hopefully not long after that to Edinburg in the UK. There will also be some shorter trips in between, to Viena, Budapest and Prague. May be to Russia? For example St.-Petersburg with its bridges? I hope to one day. There are a lot of interesting places there, which I think would be just excellent to shoot in HDR. Are there any photographers that you want to look up to? There are a lot of photographers I really like. Trey Ratcliff, Justin Kern, Elia Locardi and many more. They are an endless source of inspiration and wondering, how they did some of their photos. Any advice for beginner photographers? If you really want to take photos, just do it. You will never get better if you take one photo a month. Try to do it as often as possible. Also don’t keep them for yourself. Put them out on Flickr, Facebook, or anywhere. The resulting reactions and feedback will motivate you to take photos even more Thank you Miroslav! And You!
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NADEJDA SHIBINA I was born in Moscow, live in Moscow and I love Moscow. This city gives me a lot, it gave me awareness that all our life is a game, game with its rules and it’s very important to write the rules yourself. However it’s critical not to break traditions of the others.
For you with what did photography begin? I can’t say for sure how it all began but the seeds were planted by mother in my childhood. It was she who allowed me to do all I wanted. And I liked to paint very much. My mother bought me packages of paints and I painted everywhere, on the
walls, on the floor and wherever not. Who was the first to see you shots? My brother gave me my first camera, it was a simple Kodak snapshot camera. I made photographs and had them printed. But later it all stopped, some other work attracted my attention, I worked in a private school. Time passed but I didn’t even have an idea to make photographs . But ten years later I bought and ordinary snapshot camera and everything began with it, with that small red camera. I managed to make quite decent photographs with it, created panoramas. It was my dear camera and I’m still very sorry that during one of the trips it was drowned. However then I already had a half professional camera. And I shot everything, mainly it was nature, flowers. Now I understand that everyone starts from this. Your attitude to criticism? And are you self-critical? It depends on the person criticizing me because criticism is not always criticism. But I’m critical to myself and I can listen to criticism and understand that people are trying to help me. Do you trust your friends’ opinion when they judge your photographs? Yes. What inspires you? The whole world around me.
Each photography is your improvisation or a thoroughly thought-out plan? Mainly it’s a thought-out plan but sometimes it happens that idea that came during the shooting is that very key shot.
Are there any photographers that you want to look up to? Yes, there are. Generally they encourage for perfection. There many of them and you take only a part from each one and borrow their desire for perfection.
What do you think, does a photographer has limit to perfection? I don’t know about everyone but I’m still learning and I’m ready to learn further. There many unexplored things in our world.
Have you ever participated in exhibitions or maybe you organized one yourself? I’m having my works exhibited in March. Before I exhibited my photographs only in Internet.
Where do you prefer to work: in a studio or outside? It doesn’t really matter for me where to work because a studio can tell the story and the forest can be mesmerizing. What about the color: you prefer black-andwhite or color photography? I have no preferences but most of my works are in color. I like sepia and shades. Is there some idea that you aren’t able to bring to life but you want it very much? I have many ideas. Sometimes I say to myself “no”, that it’s hard but I have to!!! You say that you made dresses yourself. You have to take a role of a designer? Right, in 90% cases. I have an assistant, sometimes we are working at night creating images for the shooting. We get tired. After the shooting we are
tired but happy because we did it, we managed to do it!!! How many people took part in this project? Typically in projects there are many people. In this one there were around 5-6, a makeup artist, three assistants, a kennel of Russian breed of canine “Amethyst pack”.’ Is it hard to work with dogs? No, it’s not hard. Here a right approach is very important. You just let the dog go and watch what she is doing, try to understand her character, her peculiarities and then you can easily conduct it. You often work with children. Who is easier to work with? I work with everyone, with children and grown-ups, with animal. It doesn’t matter who is in front of me. Every time I follow the same rule: getting acquainted, trying to understand a person or an animal, trying to get on friendly terms and then the shooting starts. Just the same with children, even if they are babies. You introduce yourself to them, get into touch. It’s important to deal not with parents but with the child himself\ herself. It’s better to ask parent to wait outside the studio so that they won’t prohibit anything to the child, won’t control him\her. It’s important to give the child a chance to be himself\herself and then there’ll be success! Moscow gives many opportunities. Do you like the city you live in? Yes, I like this city very much because it’s different all the time. You go outside and you surely come across some interesting story. Every corner in Moscow can be used for bringing your ideas to life and can become a shooting stage. An important advantage of Moscow for me is that you can reach any place in the city very quickly. Visiting other cities I can’t but wonder how people move there. How can one live without a metro? Many people now regret that they were born in Russia. But I don’t agree with them. I have never had a desire to leave Moscow for any other city or any other country. I say yes to travelling and exploring the world. As for me I like St. Petersburg. It is full of history and of air, no other city can boast of it. I’d like to learn other cultures, in every culture there are its own rules and traditions, its own advantages and disadvantages. I believe that everything depends on us whether we we’ll be living well where we live now or not. As you treat the place you live in, so it treats you. It is some kind of a game. How do you arrange your time? Do you have enough time for everything? Inside me there’s some organization and certainty. If I plan something I’ll do it in time. When you define certain limits for yourself everything will work out. Dresses will be ready in time and the shooting itself in time. Of course, my team helps me a lot: stylists, make-up artists, my chief assistant and other people. During the shootings we always have time, time comes from somewhere. The problem usually is with processing photographs. There’s not enough time for this. Usually the processing takes place at night. Today ready products are really popular, no good photographer can
allow himself to give his clients “semi-product”. I think beforehand what should be as a result and considering this we arrange the process of shooting. We make dresses at night. It happens very often. For example, for this project with hounds the dresses were made during the last night. Ideas are born spontaneously. Before the shooting I and my assistant went shopping, I chose material for the dress. My assistant asked me: “Why do you need it? This material has nothing special in it”. But I used to trust my inner self, at the moment I needed that very material, I felt it. We were thinking about the cap, what it should be later and as a result you can see what we get. Now we don’t make as many dresses ourselves. We have a set of ready dresses and we even rent them. For example, after one of the shootings Masha Berseneva said that she liked the dress and she bought it. We didn’t even have time to admire the dress ourselves. How do you plan you projects? Is it strict plan or just an improvisation? It’s 50\50. For example our project “Red Riding hood” with an Irish wolfhound was spontaneous. We saw a movie trailer of a new version of Little Red Riding Hood, we didn’t even watch the movie itself but in one day we created a costume and on the next day we had the shooting. I always see what I want to do inside me. We begin to bring it to life and the moment I understand that we got the shots I stop the process. Some shootings last really very long. Shootings with Masha Berseneva typically last for 7-8 hours. By the end of the process we just all fall down but then she finds her second breath but me not. It’s difficult to work with her the whole day. She used to it, she’s always going to shootings. As for my project “Boleyn poem” with Masha and her pregnant cousin, it was very short. Of course, most often we have planned shootings. I watch movies, search the Internet, think about the image, ask to send me as more information as possible, clothes size, some pics etc. If we speak about a large-scale project, I know that a person comes to me to get something certain, super, unusual and we just do it. What are your nearest goals or creative plans? In March a large exhibition is going to be held but I still don’t know where it’ll be held. We have two options. One of them is half-ruined building. I think it’s an interesting option because there retain the atmosphere, the smells. But the question is whether all those “stars” whom I was shooting agree because we speak about some certain status. On the other hand, Winery also doesn’t have the atmosphere of being halfbuilt but this place will always be popular. On the main day of the exhibition there will be many interesting activities: animals, fashion show, costumes from the shootings. We will also arrange a photo studio and everyone will get his\her photograph. I want to make two levels of pictures: one is for children and the other is for grown-ups. Children can’t see the pictures if they are high but they also like to have a look, to touch. I don’t prohibit to touch, let them do it. As for shootings…It’s a new year and I like to sum everything up, to open a new page, to start something absolutely unordinary. But I still can’t understand what I really want. If before I always had some idea, then now it’s just a wish to move forward – new people, new images, materials, costumes,
places. Last year was very productive it brought a lot of trust from celebrities and now I want to continue my work with famous people, to transfigure them creating new interesting and unpredictable images. Actually, it doesn’t matter for me whether to work with a celebrity or not. I like to change everyone, to think about something principally new. Now I even have a nickname – a fairy photographer. It may be so. Your advice to beginner photographers? As Lenin once said – lean, learn and learn. In my opinion this is the most important. Even now I didn’t stop learning, I visit master-classes, I try to discover something new for myself, to develop. The best way to obtain knowledge or a skill is to ask those who know, to ask them to show. Our “self” is a good thing but you can fight to get through iron door or you can dial a code and the door will easily open. You enter inside and you’ll understand if this is you line or not. If not, then there are many other doors beside you. And if this is yours, don’t be afraid to ask. People will show you everything, will explain and you don’t have to discover America to do it. Any education can’t be for nothing. It’s always new friends, communication, understanding what to do with it all. As for photography, today the main idea is photographs without Photoshop. This is all good and everyone goes through it but ultimately we all return to it again. A popular photographer Andrei Razumovskiy on his master-classes say that if you support the idea of photographs without Photoshop don’t join my classes. I’m in this sense a photo artist than a photographer. I shot someone behind a black background and then behind him we see the whole city which I made beforehand. Everything comes with practice and experience. Let me say once again – don’t be afraid to learn!
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LUBOV SHATALOVA “Out of focus” There are those days, when you walk through the city with a wandering eye, out of focus, and u can’t focus on anything: buildings, people, words, sounds… even you can’t hold anything within you. All fades out and escapes. It may be raining, it may be snowing, something may be happening in politics, a post of your neighbor’s missing cat is hanging in some wall, your colleague worries about his kids’ bad grades at school, a close friend needs help, your friends somewhere meet for celebrating New Year. And You, you are out of focus. Without any concentration. You worry for nothing and there is no way you can get out, even with your overwhelmingness and involvement for this. Where are you?!, you ask to yourself, and as an answer you just listen to an echo from an empty deep well. Analysis, self-analysis, shock therapy. Nothing happens, on the monitor that thin lines continues showing the lack of pulse. Meanwhile, you perfectly understand that all the reasons are in you. At the vibration and sound level, you are sick: you are eaten by the city, by the environment, by the rhythm, by the established order of things. Beauty, harmony and freedom are needed. Searching for the medicine that can restore your balance in your rapidly expanding universe, you dive into the boundless space of the internet. Photo… The first object that appears in front of you is a woman. She appears as the most important object for shooting. And day by day, site by site, you prolong your search more and more, you still don’t know what u r looking for, but somehow deep in your brain you get overloaded with all those gigabytes from those observed photos. As for this, she invariably remains as the main hero from all of your photo resources. She smiles, gets sad, gets angry, shows that she is happy, in love, upset, worried, overwhelmed, aggressive, unhappy, sexy…
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You look at these shots and in your mind you think for the continuation of that reality, how frame after frame that woman is hidden in a refined thoughtful image which covers even the tiniest detail, manicure, make up, style, clothing. Then, the light that is created by a specific photographer. Perfect, clean and sharp images. Everything is perfect, all is in focus, but you are the only out of focus… and because of that you can’t ignore the woman’s empty eyes that only try to show some warm emotions but at the same time those eyes do not represent the slightest idea of any circumstance, smells, tastes; the vibration must determine each facial expression, posture, gests. Modern fashion even determines the eye color, not mentioning such details as height weight, waist, breast, hair. Then, what kind of freedom, beauty and harmony could be there? Which face or emotion can that model give to the camera? You get only the attitude and reaction that are imposed by the social stereotypes. That is just the mentality that prevails in the autofocus. The mechanism makes a decision without you and for you, only for the easiest and most feasible set of circumstances. Autofocus from the model in selecting a face, autofocus of the photographer in determining the parameters, autofocus of the society in creating a moment. Idiotic events. Auto laminating the circumstances with the principle of the “minimal resistance”. So, where are you in all of this? You- the photographer, author and creator? The human who can define what meaningful is at the real moment. What do you know and understand about the frames of the reality in which your body and brain are? What can you learn from here and now for accomplishing this task, for assembling the puzzle and open the moment? Therefore if you understand, know how and successfully do this, then, maybe the shot will born inside you, the photo which will be desired, wanted to be observed endlessly. And no matter whom they represent, what they wear, which kind of make up they have or if something corresponds to the current events, you will see that these shots will be fascinating because of their own essence, photos in which all coincides: author, space, light, environment, shadows, reflections, symmetry, asymmetry. You will find these pictures amongst a great variety of bright glossy images which can contemplate for a long time, being unable to stop observing them. They put you in a warm stream that carries you into a cycle of uncontrolled associations that awake your ancient memories. translation: maurice mvlzak
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Бывают такие дни, когда бродишь по городу с блуждающим взглядом без фокуса, и не можешь ни на чём сосредоточится: здания, люди, слова, звуки… И даже у себя внутри не за что зацепиться. Всё расплывается и ускользает. Идёт дождь, падает снег, что-то происходит в большой политике, или на стене висит объявление о пропавшей соседской кошке. Твоя коллега переживает из-за плохих оценок ребёнка в школе. Твой близкий человек нуждается в помощи. Твои друзья где-то встречаются отметить Новый Год. А ты – не в фокусе. Без точки опоры. Пережевываешь комочки недомыслей в голове и никак не можешь включиться в этот поток, выдавив из себя хотя бы каплю сострадания и участия. «Где ты? Очнись!» - говоришь сам себе, а в ответ только эхо, как из глубокого пустого колодца. Анализ, самоанализ, шокотерапия, дефибриляция. Ничего. На мониторе по-прежнему тонкая непрерывная линия, приборы регистрируют отсутствие пульса. И при этом ты прекрасно понимаешь, что все причины – в тебе. На уровне звука, вибрации, нановолн – ты болен. Тебя съедает город, среда, ритм, сложившийся порядок вещей. Невыносимая тоска по красоте, гармонии и свободе. В поисках лекарства, способного восстановить баланс в твоей стремительно разлетающейся на части вселенной, ныряешь в безграничное пространство интернета. Фотография… Первое, что бросается в глаза – это женщины. Она – как самый излюбленный объект для съёмки. И дальше день за днём, сайт за сайтом, ещё и ещё, продолжая поиски сам не знаешь чего, где-то далеко в голове ты накапливаешь гигабайты отсмотренных фотографий. При этом Она неизменно остаётся главной героиней обновлений всех фоторесурсов . Она улыбается, грустит, злится, делает вид, что счастлива, влюблена, расстроена, встревожена, ошеломлена, агрессивна, несчастна, сексуальна… Смотришь на эти кадры, и в голове рождается продолжение застывшей реальности. Как слой за слоем эти женщины прятали себя в изысканные, до мелочей продуманные образы: маникюр, макияж, укладка, одежда. Потом свет, вспышки, какие-то указания фотографа…
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Безупречные, глянцевые, резкие кадры. Совершенно точно, всё – в фокусе. Но вот только ты при этом остаешься не в фокусе... И поэтому всё, что можешь замечать – это грустные глаза потерянных женщин, только пытающихся создать видимость ярких эмоций и не имеющих ни малейшего представления о том, из какого тончайшего переплетения обстоятельств, запахов, вкусов, вибраций должна складываться каждая морщинка мимики, позы, жеста. Современная мода определяет даже цвет глаз, не говоря уже о таких мелочах как рост, вес, обхват талии, объём груди и длина волос. Тогда о какой свободе, красоте и гармонии может идти речь? Какое лицо и эмоции эти модели могут дать фотокамере? Только поведение и реакции, продиктованное стереотипами социума. Мировосприятие, существующее в формате автофокуса. Механизм принимает решение без тебя и за тебя – в пользу наиболее лёгкого и достижимого варианта при данном стечении обстоятельств. Автофокус у модели при выборе лица. Автофокус у фотографа при определении параметров. Автофокус у социума при формировании данного момента. События без мыслей. Автоматическое наслаивание обстоятельств по принципу наименьшего сопротивления. Тогда где во всём этом ты? Ты – фотограф, автор и создатель? Человек, который сам определяет, что имеет значение в данный момент? Что ты знаешь и понимаешь о том слое реальности, в котором существуют твоё тело и мозг? Что ты можешь извлечь из здесь и сейчас, чтобы решить задачу, собрать головоломку и ОТКРЫТЬ момент? И вот если ты понимаешь, знаешь и успешно делаешь это, тогда, наверно, у тебя будут рождаться кадры, на которые будет хотеться смотреть бесконечно долго. И уже неважно, кто на них изображен, во что он одет, какой у него макияж и как всё это соответствует текущему состоянию моды. Эти кадры завораживают своей притягательностью. Кадры, в которых совпало всё: автор; его мастерство, опыт и мысли; героиня, её мастерство, опыт и мысли; время, место, свет, окружающая среда, тени, блики, симметрия и асимметрия… Ты находишь такие кадры среди великого множества ярких глянцевых автофокусных открыток и долго, очень долго смотришь на них, не в силах отвести взгляд. Они забирают тебя и в тёплом потоке уносят в круговорот
неконтролируемых ассоциаций, пробуждающих твою древнюю память. Всё, поиск окончен. Кадры-жемчужины как недостающие кусочки пазла теперь в твоей голове. И ты готов и можешь вернуться. Искать соседскую кошку, разговаривать с коллегами, отмечать новый год, слышать звуки и воспринимать цвета, фокусироваться на важном и топить всё лишнее в глубине нерезко изображаемого пространства… Любовь Шаталова R u t o v a Nata l i a 5 0 0 p x . c o m / R u t o v a
He was born on March 16 in 1990. Since early childhood he was interested in photography. He began to make photographs when he was 10 with soviet film cameras “Zenit” and “Kiev”
I myself developed films, printed photos and spent hours in a dark room working with reagents. As everyone knows children grow up, their tastes change, equipment also improves, so I got a an entry-level camera Sony Alpha DSLR 230. Step by step I began to learn the camera, looked through reviews, and read forums. And even when I get full knowledge about this model I didn’t hurry up to change a lens… My first works were done with a standard “KIT” application. At the same time I made photographs with NIKON D 90, Canon Mark 2…but I didn’t stop making experiments with my Sony camera. I used Minolta 24 mm 105 (there was evident difference in photographs), but then I began to shoot with prime lens (zenitar 50 mm f 1.7). The only disadvantage that the lens is fixed but the picture it makes is absolutely awesome (by the way, some of the photographs form this series are made with this prime lens). Once walking across some street I came across a very curious thing “Carl Zeiss Jena 180 mm f 2.8”. I couldn’t resist its appeal and ordered an adapter for it. I used in with NIKON D90. What I didn’t like that it’s too heavy and is fixed. So it creates the depth. As for me, my weak spot is black-and-white photography and portraits. Balck-and-white photographs present a wide range of themes. You can imagine everything you want, there are no limits to human imagination. Play of light and shadow is the essence of the plot. Lighting arrangement is some kind of a growth, you have to strive for better. It’d inexpressible capturing feeling of creation and you know that some things don’t really matter. Whether it’s an old shaggy wall behind the model or it’s a glamorous studio, it all is not important because you are creating a masterpiece. My advice to beginner photographers: never strive for expensive equipment. Believe me that ambitions and desire to buy an expensive camera doesn’t mean that you are able to make good photographs with it. If you want to do something, do it with all your feelings and it really doesn’t matter what camera you use.
Anastasia is a photographer from Samara. She is only 16 but at her age she makes amazing photographs that are filled with curious ideas and deep sense.
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Anna Katrashova is one of the most popular make-up artists in Moscow. A friendly smile and a positive mood are her trademark. Anya is sure that the mood defines the process of the shooting. Photographers, models and students adore Anya for inspiration that she gives through her work. On winter snowy morning we had a break-off coffee with Anna. Anna, you are sure to have your own style that differs from the styles of other make-up artists. Tell us about it. I can’t compare myself with other make-up artists because unfortunately I don’t have time to follow their works. But I’ve always tried to make passionate, fresh and sensual, smooth makeup. And I always want something bright, juicy, delicious in makeup. We know that you are not only a make-up artist but a great teacher. Besides techniques what else do you teach your students? I tell him never to give up, never to stop on halfway. Many people give up when they are close to success. I advise my students to develop all the time, never imitating someone’s technique but to develop their own. Only then you become a make-up artist but not just someone’s shadow. What do you think about competition in Moscow among make-up artists, is it tough? I think that there’s no competition in literal sense of the word. In Moscow there are so many people, photographers and every make-up artist can find her\his client. And I don’t follow the work of Russian make-up artists so that not to become obsessed with the thought about competition, it doesn’t worth thinking about! My main aim is to do
what I do and do it well or even better than I can now. What are the three factors of success? Determination (in everything) Belief in yourself! Live with what you like to do! Tell us about a makeup that was especially catching? For me all the shootings are unique but one shooting is worth telling about. I worked with Sergei Romanov, he’s a true professional. He even prepared the scenes himself. It was the shooting of a vampire who was at first hungry and old but then he became a handsome vampire who had just sucked blood. I myself was a bit shocked by a frightful vampire. We used white lenses, made a young beautiful girl look old and when she was ready and turned I just startled, I got frightened! (Anya laughs) So you are always open to creative projects? Sure, we can’t do without them. Only this way you are developing, perfecting, trying all the new and make yourself think! In short, you develop your own creativity. Is it always easy for you to work with photographs? It’s so important that during the process you were attuned? For me it’s easy, it just happens so. But I like photographers who have a sense of taste. When they lack sense of style and taste I understand that it’s better not to work with them. On the shootings I’m always in good mood. Creative people can create beauty only in good mood. What about the models? It’s a story in its own right. Many of them “know better than a makeup artist”, especially those with star sickness but I don’t blame them. Probably super models should behave like this (Anna smiles). But I’m lucky, I’m not given advice, they just sit and enjoy the touches of my brushes. A model for me is a canvas and I paint what I want. AS for men models, they are not that interesting for me. Maybe it’s because I understand somewhere inside me that they are men and it’s against nature to apply foundation shade. What is your must-have right now? There is so much cosmetics now that you can’t choose only one thing. But I can’t do without Benefit face and body lotion. The last question. Many girls are sure that professional makeup is a priory better than any other and they use it every day. You mustn’t do it. Professional brands are harmful for everyday use. They are meant
for the makeup to last for days and to be rich. Waterproof shade, compact powder, high pigment eye shadows, long lasting lipstick… Now let’s just think if makeup lasts twenty four hours can it be useful? I met fans of professional brands and their skin is awful. Many people begin to suffer allergy after a year of using professional cosmetics. That’s why I always apply some foundation to protect the skin. Now we have to say good-bye to Anya, she’s in a hurry for the shooting. We wish you good luck and great shootings! Bye, Anya, looking forward to see you again! interview by beauty editor, Anastasya Vahnina
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MARINA MARINKINA vk.com/id144947459
INTERVIEW BY SERGEJ SEREBRYANNIKOV
Marina, thanks that you managed to find some time in your busy schedule. Let’s first start with an introduction. Tell us a bit about yourself. So as you know my name is Marina Marinkina. I left Model School in 2001. I studied about a year. Though it was more than ten years ago I seriously took up my career only two years ago. I got my education in Litovchina Institute of Television and Broadcasting. Ten years is a serious period. How did it happen that you found yourself in this model school? Well, I was born in a small city in Chelyabinskaya Oblast and there it was a dream to become someone. I thought of myself as quite a beautiful girl, so to become a model was just what I needed. My father was tall and I hoped to be tall as well. That is why I started a model school with my friends. But unfortunately I never grew taller. And the school was in your native city? You are right to say that it was because I’m not sure if it still exists. We were taught cat-walk, posing, just all the basic things. Moreover we were taught by a model so there were things to learn. After some break you returned to your profession. Yes, it was in Moscow that I had some free time. My boyfriend is a creative professional and I decided not to fall behind. I was quite successful, I made it through castings successfully and step by step I got used to the schedule. How busy is the schedule? Do you have time to sleep enough? It’s almost extremely busy. I should say that in two years I lost 2 kilograms. It’s due to my busy life and my rhythm of life. But when I have a day-off I can have 12 hours of sleep. I try to catch up on some sleep that I didn’t have enough during my work period. Let’s speak about punctuality. Do you think you are a punctual person? And have you ever come across unpunctual photographers? Yes, I try to be punctual. But unfortunately in Russia this is a problem. When you have several shootings a day, delays on of them will inevitably lead to delays on otherr
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shootings. As for photographs, I’ve never met unpunctual ones. Have you had a project that you could set it apart, something especially memorable? Actually, I’m satisfied with many of my projects. I can say that I like different work at different periods of time. This is the reason why I change my photographs in Internet all the time. Any competition in this sphere? Do you suffer competition? Yes. First of all it’s because of my height. When a project needs a girl at least 175 cm tall it’s hard for me to compete, though some of the clients like me and sometimes they decide for me. But in Europe my height won’t be an obstacle unlike Russia. What about exhibitions? I don’t work on exhibitions. I’m just not interested in it. Photography and video projects with a view to movies is for me. Recently you’ve been often taking part in video projects and auteur cinema. Is that your aim? Yes, currently this is my aim. Cinema and everything associated with it. I should say that now till I’m 35 I’ll be trying my best to get into movies. But later, I’m afraid, no one will give me the roles I want to play. Anyway one should have a basis on which to build cinema career and I’m hardly working on it now. What roles would you like to play? Roles? Any movie roles, but in general I’d like to play a hysteric woman or something really actable, character. Nothing sentimental. You get used that camera always follows you, do you take photographs yourself? Will you make a switchover to photography? No. Ithough about it and I had some experience but as a filmmaker. I mean that it was not camerawork but it was from the point of view as I see it. But I’m thinking about just right when I turn 35. What are you going to shoot? You know it’ll be kind movies. There’s not much kindness in life and I would make some heartwarming movies. Do you have any restrictions on your shootings? If you are a professional model you are obliged to take art in shooting of all genres. I won’t have my photo taken in some genres if the payment is lower a definite level. One should respect oneself. What is your schedule during the day? It’s always different. It may be one hour casting and that’s all. Or it may be several hours of casting and moreover they pour cold water on us. That was nice. So the days are all very different. Anyway this is some movement for me, what I like.
Days of active movement are pleasure for you? It’s a great pleasure! I’m a very active person. Before shootings I worked in a club. I’m a night person. There was also movement and rhythm, just like now. But what I’m doing now is much more interesting for me, so I get more pleasure. At what moment did you realize that you are not just striving to become a model but you are a model? Actually, there was such a moment. But it’s not some shootings or a certain project after which I told myself – yes. I think it’s support of my close people and relatives. It gave me a lot of strength. And their opinion is very important for me.
Your advice for beginners. First of all, is stable mind. There are a lot of castings and when you come but they refuse you, it still hurts. So one should be very strong about it. One should realize that someone becomes popular at 18 and someone later. I think that you have to work and that is most important. Thanks for your time and good luck. And you too!