Vera Zagorodnaya, Polinka Karpenko and the Second Belarus Connection I

Vera Zagorodnaya, Polinka Karpenko and the Second Belarus Connection I

As a teaser, see if you can remember this model:

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…she’s from a post way back in November last year – and since her name’s already in the title, it won’t spoil the suspense to say that she’s Polina (Polinka) Karpenko, and that the post itself contains one of the loveliest portfolios of an individual model I’ve ever published: here.

Keep her face in mind while I start at the real beginning of the post, with this stock image of a very different model:

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….but even so,  it’s not too different from hundreds of similar portraits – however, there is something self-assured and artistic about it that made me search the site (Polish Depositphotos) for the name of the photographer – and there it was, “Zagorodnaya” along with a multi-page gallery. To cut a long story short, I eventually needed to search another, similar image (the same frizzy/curly-haired model’s featured in the header as well), before I arrived at the photographer’s full name – Vera Zagorodnaya – and both her VK.com galleries and her Facebook account for her children’s photography (see image-link below – she has another page for headshots of adult models):

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…and in the general gallery of the post linked to above, I realised I’d already published a couple of images by her of Polinka – and then it all became clear: Vera comes from Gomel in Belarus, like the subjects of that post, Polinka Karpenko and the photographer Sergey Piltnik……and that even Vera’s stock-image gallery contains numerous shots of Polinka:

portrait of two sisters twins in tropical style

….Gomel is about as big as Tucson or Manchester, so it’s not as if she’s the only girl model of this age – she clearly has a quality (beyond simple attractiveness) that appeals to these two photographers…

Since Vera has a number of beautiful albums on Facebook, I’ll repost the two best now, and a selection from the others later. This first one is called “Ease”, featuring Polinka and two other blonde models:

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…….with the white outfits she’s clearly keen on, featuring strongly in the next set also “Desert Queen”:

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….they could both do with a bit of pruning, but in the end I think the overall effect is helped by seeing all the individual images. The second post on Vera will be more selective, as the other sessions and albums don’t tend to have such an obvious coherence – and being a stock-image provider, she has a lot of her portfolio spread out in obscure places…

Meanwhile, to finish off this first part, here are two sweet videos featuring Vera’s trope of girls dressed in white – the first has the usual three, giving a slightly better idea of Polinka’s character, and is even roughly edited to match the music:

@_artmoda_ @lyalechka.13041986 @polinakarpenko2006 @sofiafine

A post shared by Vera Zagorodnaya (@verazagorodnaya) on

……while the second has just two models – one younger than the other – and really deserves my usual lazy description of “impossibly cute”:

 

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