One of the fun aspects of doing a lot of image searching is the number of serendipitous collateral finds that pop up – this portrait is an example:
…..the actual search was for a very different image – so why this emerged, I’ll never know. What struck me immediately was the model’s similarity to Hajime Sawatari‘s Alice:
…..including the dead-pan expression. Searching it, I arrived at one of the Internet’s weird little by-ways – a Russian site featuring a Moldovan photographer called Vladimir Timofeev – tho’, living in Tiraspol, he could consider himself to be a citizen of the Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic (it’s complicated – think of a Moldovan Catalonia). – And incidentally, the “Freddy” in the title refers to Freddy Kruger – Vladimir isn’t without a sense of humour…. Here are some more portraits featuring this model:
……and so you don’t think we’re dealing with an everyday photographer, this:
……yes, he’s a kind of realist/sentimentalist photographer-artist – here’s a before-and-after:
…..like a lot of people, I’m not sure what I feel about artists who paint directly from photos – plenty of ones in the past did their masterpieces in the studio after sketching the original scene: if photography had been available then, who knows……the only thing I would say is that Vladimir sticks very closely to the original for the hardest part – the face – leaving just the background and the outfit to his imagination.
I’ll stick mainly to the photos (the bigger formats come from Facebook – see image-link below):
……..weird and wonderful – such a mish-mash of styles and artistic intentions….. and incredibly prolific (I’ve hardly hinted at the paintings and edits he’s done in relation to the photographs – and he’s only in his early-forties): Tumblr blogs should be full of his work – a bit old-fashioned tho’ it may be – not the same tired old reposts year after year.
Two more genres to cover from his portfolio – first the inevitable gymnastics:
……and while I’m definitely no expert on the discipline itself, the colours and shapes are really lovely….
And the second genre is a much darker emotion: some of the models in the main gallery looked a little thoughtful, but Vladimir has also tried his hand at poverty and alienation in one set:
…..even Tumblrs like Deadgirls should be able to use some of these – looking cute while sleeping next to a tomb, maybe? Talking of Freddy Kruger……
Now Deadgirls is a great blog if you’re over eighteen, and want to see female sexuality expressed artistically (and not all in monochrome) – and I wouldn’t be surprised if its audience is pretty balanced, gender-wise – but they do slip in younger girls (appropriately, of course) now and again: and the image-link I’ve chosen (see below) works as an incredibly slick segue into Vladimir’s real obsession: it’s Anna Pavaga, and he’s a massive fan of the Russian mini-model mafia. Here’s his take on Anna:
…….probably from an extant photo, but I don’t know which. However, his medium of choice to express his passion isn’t so much art, as….YouTube videos.
Here he’s like a fourteen-year-old fan – making those sweet (but cringe-inducing) collages of his/her favourite shots – out-of focus, jumping about in time, edited with their mother’s bread-knife – I’m sure you’ve seen them…. I’ll show you a couple: first Russian schoolgirls – and not the anonymous herd – just the mini-mafia: Anna Sutormina, Kristina Pakarina, Dasha Kreis, Anastasia Bezrukova, Sveta Makora, Polina Volkova, etc., etc.
…..and finally Alisa Charushina:
……probably best known for having legs (almost) as long as her hair:
……photographic credits to Evgeniya Proyavko. And there’s one portrait by Vladimir in the main gallery above that I’d like to use as the permanent featured image in the widget column – if I can work out how to do it…..see if you can guess which one…