The Constructor: Victoria (Vika) Ivanova

The Constructor: Victoria (Vika) Ivanova

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Victoria Ivanova, who usually posts as Vika, is a Senior Lecturer in an Economics department in one of Moscow’s universities: and her intelligence is evident in her work. She has a very clear view of two types of photographers that she defines thus:

“I think that all photographers can be divided into two groups: hunters and constructors. The first ones love to look around them. They look for good photos, they travel to get wonderful landscapes, go to sport events, take street photos etc. The constructors do not like to search or wait. They prefer to make a story whenever they wish. Of course, I do not think one of these groups is better than the other. No way! Everything depends on the character of the photographer. I do not have enough patience to wait for hours for perfect light or a beautiful cloud above the hill. My impatience made me become a still life photographer.” (Victoria Ivanova, 1x.com)

She’s probably best known for inventive still-lives featuring pears, pegs, pencils, nails, paper boats etc. – all telling very human stories: but her work with girl models is equally fascinating. The one above is a good example – a pretty, attractive composition that has a visual conundrum to add interest. To keep things simple, I’ll divide her portrait work up into thematic/prop sections – these next continuing with the sofa theme:

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…..they’re playful, light, and must have delighted the girls involved when she’d finished editing them – but she clearly also had subsequent sales in mind (she has almost everything on 500px.com, as well as other sites) with pretty bare-footed models and attractive, colourful sets.

There’s a “rustic” sofa-bench:

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a really rustic bench:

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…….various tables (and various models – her blog’s full of invitations for new models to apply):

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……and then some fun with pictures:

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……the fact that a girl’s prettier with bare feet being recognised even by a university professor….for the last two she took off the model’s tights and shoes and just put her in leg-warmers – and in the same session the girl even gets to dress up the dog:

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Next some peek-a-boo – same gag, different models:

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…..finally (for the photoshop overload part, at least), two goes at the same conceit:

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…..which don’t really work unless you enlarge the images enough to see each individual picture in detail:

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Vika has also produced some lovely “straight” ballerina sets – with different outfits, so probably from a couple of separate sessions:

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….and some other rather soulful portraits (spot the angel’s tears):

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….. you get the impression that she likes the challenge of Photoshop better – tho’ how she manages to be so prolific – when each image (have a look through her still-life portfolio) must take an age to edit – is a mystery: remember this is just a hobby…

The Senior Lecturer will see you now (and she’s a Trollbeads fan…..):

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