Responding to a couple of comments arising from all the effusive behaviour in the previous post on this amazingly active, prolific and talented photographer, I think there are three points to make:
One, culturally girls (and probably young boys) are much more physically affectionate with each other in Eastern and “Latin” European countries: I’ve mentioned before how here in Italy girls of school age hug and kiss pretty well every time they meet (and say goodbye to) their friends. Secondly, there are fewer taboos about physical displays of affection in these countries. We’ve all read stories of little boys in the States and Britain being suspended (or worse) for spontaneously kissing a girl in the playground: if you look at typical Russian, Polish etc. sentimental photography of little children, they almost always have the boy kissing the girl – in Western Europe you’d have the usual “Inappropriate! Boundaries need to be taught from birth!!” comments attached. Lastly, Vera knows her market (and her models): as well as cuddling kids, she mostly sells glamour-type portraits of extremely well made-up adult models – she must have found that those two types of images sell: and as I said, her girl models are a small group (including sisters) who clearly are friends in life as well as on camera.
And in fact I’ll start this *last* post on Vera with twins: Kate and Alessia Gatalskaya, and the admission that they turned out to have so many lovely sessions (and I turned out to be incapable of pruning them) – to the extent that I’ll fudge the declaration that I was going to finish with Vera here, by splitting it into an A and a B (and by the way, the header isn’t one of them….).
Cheating slightly, I’ll begin with the set trailed in the first post, of the twins in a “Hula” costume – here a blessedly watermark-free version that comes from Vera’s small gallery on the FKids site:
…..cheating because the rest of the set includes some of the other girls – beginning with individual portraits, then pairs, and so on (and back to the dreaded watermarks, I’m afraid):
…..and thanks to FKids, there’s one of the blemish-free portraits in the set:
They really are a beautiful, happy group of images – I’d find it hard to believe they weren’t all having a blast….
Finally, here are all the rest of the relevant multiple sets and individual images featuring the Gatalskaya twins – it’s a long gallery with well over thirty portraits – but I hope you’ll see why I decided to include them all…..and this time the second photo is without the watermarks (being a beautiful enlarged crop of an original almost identical to the first):
……and just to demonstrate my point from the previous post on Vera – possibly the sweetest shot of all – the twins from when they were quite a bit younger: you really do see these girls growing up….
…….and if that wasn’t enough – another of Vera’s gorgeous Instagram videos as a teaser for part B (along with the header image), when all the rest of the girls get to shine….