……coming across this set, I was puzzled: because the type of “mugshot” poses featured are classic of what Fashion Kids.ru and FashionBank.ru refer to as “snapshots” – meaning what I call a “kick-the-tyres” service for prospective clients to see the model’s body-shape, hair length etc. when deciding whether she’s suitable for a shoot. However, the bizarre murky background – with almost the same tonalities as the model’s skin – didn’t really put her in a good light.
Finding out from FashionBank that she was nine-year-old Muscovite Catherine (Kate) Volkovinsky (and had pretty well just this set on her dedicated page), her linked personal site had a few more – and on a similarly murky shot the watermark that finally named the photographer that I should have predicted: Bozhena Puchko. Bozhena loves dark backgrounds, and really isn’t a suitable photographer for plain, expository images. Here are some more of her shots of Kate, probably from just a couple of sessions:
……to my eyes still rather gloomy – but Russian tastes in portrait photography are notably different from Western European/American. Here Kate has been shot more traditionally:
……most by Olga Akhmadieva (see below for Facebook image link as well) – while Bozhena mixes murky and bright with other models – giving what I always see as a rather ironic take on traditional Russian sentimentality:
…..Bozhena deserves her own post, since she has a wealth of lovely, really artistic images in her portfolio – these are just a taster, significantly including a number of shots of Nastya Mari, daughter of her faithful stylist, Juliette Mari (thank god she’s finally got rid of Nastya’s irritating fringe….still there two years ago, on the right in the Facebook link).
Catherine/Kate is sweet, but Bozhena significantly doesn’t even include one shot from the session(s) she did with her on her Facebook feed, or on her home site – even tho’ to me they’re rather charming. I hope I see some more recent work of hers in the future….but I won’t hold my breath….