Nastya/Lisa and Nika by Oksana Bokatova

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….two slightly different tweakings of the same image – two girls called Nastya (or possibly Lisa – Flickr names her thus, or Anastasia (Nastya in full) as on DeviantArt) and Nika. The photographer is from Tashkent in Uzbekistan: Oksana Bokatova, and even tho’ it’s from four years ago, Tumblr’s just caught up with it. I’m always interested in how photographers see their work by the different variants they put out: on Facebook Oksana has posted the latter (see below), which has a little less light – seeming a bit warmer and more intimate – and is an 800 x 800 square, whereas the former is 1199 x 800.

She has an album dedicated to the two models (named as Nastya and Nika) on Facebook – here are the other images:

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…..and it’s quite hard to tell their age – in some they seem younger, in some older. As far as portraits of girls (as opposed to young women) go, Oksana doesn’t have many beside these two – and some might even be still them – here’s my round-up:

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….including a winner of one of the multiplying online photographic awards:

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…..which is Nika in a red dress with reasonably good lighting – pleasant, but not much more…..

Her style tends to go for Rembrandt-esque painterly darkness in a lot of the portraits, in order to give them artistic weight – and sometimes over-fanciful ‘shopped tableaux following the Russian florid/sentimental school of children’s photography: but it’s still impressive for a relatively underdeveloped market like Uzbekistan – and the two girls really have presence. Oksana does a lot of restrained glamour photography, and they could be very successful at this once they get over eighteen.

Here’s Oksana enjoying the Uzbek countryside in Spring:

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Lisa

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