Sunday, 13 October 2013

from the Black Sea: Alexey Ostrovskiy & Andrew Pershin

Alexey Ostrovskiy lives and works in Ukraine; he is a photographer, graphic designer and musician. After turning away from digital photography, Alexey now uses his home-made large format camera. The camera was designed and built by Alexey with the help of his father; after years of working on his technique, he has developed a unique style and camera.

Using his modified lens, photographic paper and alternative techniques, Alexey creates images with a timeless feel. His portraits usually have a sense of longing or distance, his sitters never looking directly at the camera, but away to the distance often as if they are daydreaming.

He also arranges and shoots still-life, his arrangements are classical and have more in common with Flemish paintings rather than contemporary photography. The photos he creates using these techniques are full of symbolism and have a subtle quality that requires a more nuanced viewing.

You can see see more of Alexey's work on his page.

Andrew Pershin is a Russian photographer from Rostov-on-Don. He specialises in analogue photography and uses traditional printing techniques, like lithprints, often experimenting with expired film and paper.

The use of analogue and manual techniques and the colours they give to his photos help Andrew create atmospheric, otherwordly images. Andrew also experiments with mixed media by scanning the original prints alongside different objects, such as pieces of wood or bark, which results in three-dimensional, contemporary pieces.   

His techniques let him render the subject he portrays most often - nature, with trees and landscapes shaped by the seasons, changing colours and light.

You can see see more of Andrew's photographs on his page and those of you lucky enough to speak Russian can follow Andrew's blog on livejournal, where he shares his thoughts on photography (and for those of us who don't speak Russian, the page will make interesting reading with the help of google translate).

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