Vera Zagorodnaya III (A): Kate and Alessia Gatalskaya

Vera Zagorodnaya III (A): Kate and Alessia Gatalskaya

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:

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…..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):

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portrait of little girl in tropical style

portrait of little girl in tropical style

portrait of little girl in tropical style

portrait of little girl in tropical style

portrait of little girl in tropical style

portrait of little girl in tropical style

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portrait of little girl in tropical style

portrait of little girl in tropical style

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portrait of two sisters twins in tropical style

portrait of two sisters twins in tropical style

portrait of two sisters twins in tropical style

portrait of two sisters twins in tropical style

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portrait of two girl in tropical style

portrait of three girls in a tropical style

portrait of three girls in a tropical style

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portrait of four girls in a tropical style

…..and thanks to FKids, there’s one of the blemish-free portraits in the set:

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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):

Portrait of two little girls twins

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portrait of two girls of girlfriends on a summer nature

Portrait of two little girls twins

Portrait of two little girls twins

Portrait of two little girls twins

Portrait of two little girls twins

Portrait of two little girls twins

Portrait of two little girls twins

portrait of a beautiful little girl in a field

portrait of a beautiful little girl in a field

Portrait of two little girls twins

Portrait of two little girls twins

Portrait of two little girls twins

Portrait of two little girls twins

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Portrait of two little girls twins

portrait of two twins with peonies

portrait of two sisters during the autumn harvest

portrait of two sisters during the autumn harvest

portrait of two sisters during the autumn harvest

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portrait of a little girl in the fall during harvest

portrait of a little girl in the fall during harvest

portrait of two sisters during the autumn harvest

Portrait of two little girls twins

Portrait of two little girls twins

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portrait of two girls of girlfriends on a summer nature

portrait of two girls of girlfriends on a summer nature

portrait of two girls of girlfriends on a summer nature

Portrait of two little girls twins

……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….

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…….and if that wasn’t enough – another of Vera’s gorgeous Instagram videos as a teaser for part (along with the header image), when all the rest of the girls get to shine….

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4 thoughts on “Vera Zagorodnaya III (A): Kate and Alessia Gatalskaya

  1. Are you callin’ me a puritanical American prude? 🙂

    Love the hula girls, it’s the stock photo people who are evil – should be arrested for vandalism or graffiti or something!

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    1. Not in the least! After all, it was me who responded to Vera’s portfolio by isolating all the kissing and cuddling – I’m sure if a Belorusian had done the post, he/she would have split it up into very different categories: maybe single portraits, pairs etc., or by the colour of the outfits – with my cultural/social upbringing the smooching just leaped off the screen. As it is I’m probably overgeneralising/misrepresenting Eastern European and “Latin” cultures – I know that on the 4th April, when I published that post, it had 25 views, the next day 31, and just 8 the two subsequent days – so while I’d love some reactions from non-Western visitors to the blog, I think I’m stuck with my stereotypes (and even living in Italy I’ve obviously never experienced being a girl in a school relating to other girls – but I do get kissed on both cheeks by a large man with a full red beard when my brother-in-law visits!!)……

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  2. Well, at least I’m an American prude with an open mind – I lived in Europe for a while and I know some of the quirks. Yes, a topless beach, been there, done that. Grandpa in a Speedo is what I remember.
    But I swear, in line at the grocery? When the sweaty fat Turk is so close she bumps her toes on the back of your shoes? You can feel her garlic breath on your back? Her five feral kids are playing with the stuff in your cart cuz mom’s cart is boring except for the open bag of sugar?

    I’ll take my personal space and stay in the Matrix, thank you.

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