Life is a motion. The camera easily catches the moments from the unstoppable flow of life. Camera split a second and allow us to see the transiency of the true motion. “Beautiful moment, do not pass away!” – exclaimed Goethe. And time stood still in pictures. Ballet is an elusive lightness of beautiful movements. It seems that dancers grasp the secret of velocity when they freeze in their flight. Brilliant Degas was able to catch these moments of sparkling stream, and they remained on the canvas forever. 100 years ago, mankind lost this amazing artist. Reminiscent of Degas' paintings inspired project- Life on Pointes!
One doesn’t rush with a film camera. One’s line of sight follows the curves of the horizon, stops and contemplates interesting features, and one’s imagination creates the future photograph. The only thing that remains to be done is to find good landscapes to shoot …
My Toscana landscapes were all shot in November. All corners of Toscana are beautiful, but the real photographer’s paradise is Val d’Orcia with its smooth plains, small hills, tall cypresses, little villas and towns. These sights have fascinated artists for centuries, it’s on Renaissance paintings and in modern cinema. Val d’Orcia was the place where Federico Fellini shot his «8½» in 1963, where Anthony Minghella shot “The English Patient” in 1996, it’s in Bernardo Betolucci’s “Stealing Beauty” of the same year and even in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” of 2000.
At the same time, I didn’t restrict myself to Val d’Orcia in that November trip, having also shot in Sorano and Pitiglano, the “tufa cities” of the Grosseto province, and, of course, the famous town of San Gimignano.
On the Night Streets
Photographers use lightstick since forever, it’s a well-known technique, but mostly it is used in studio shooting. My approach is different in that I use it in open-air cityscape shooting in low light, at night and in dusk, and my aim is to create experimental artistic effects.
I put the camera on a tripod, open the shutter for the necessary amount of time… and the magic begins, thanks to a powerful, focused light source. This is my tool to create nuances and mark things in the future picture.