Vladimir Timofeev: Where Are You Freddy?

Vladimir Timofeev: Where Are You Freddy?

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:

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…..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:

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…..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:

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……and so you don’t think we’re dealing with an everyday photographer, this:

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……yes, he’s a kind of realist/sentimentalist photographer-artist – here’s a before-and-after:

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…..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):

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……..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:

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……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:

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…..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:

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…….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:

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……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…

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10 thoughts on “Vladimir Timofeev: Where Are You Freddy?

  1. Freddy Kruger, I don’t get the connection. But the movie…
    ‘”One Two, Freddy’s comin’ for you, Three, Four, Better lock your door, Five, Six, Grab your Crucifix, Seven, Eight, Gonna stay up late, Nine, Ten, Never sleep again.”
    I’m from that era, I know Nightmare by heart. When it opened it was at our small-town Iowa theater for two weeks, and I think the whole population saw it at least twice. The theater was packed every night, fun for the whole family! I even had a Nightmare movie poster in my room.
    So I used a garden glove, duct tape, cardboard, and tin-foil to make a Freddy hand. At the last showing I snuck it in under my coat and sat about row 7 center with a couple of friends who didn’t know I had it.
    I waited for the bathtub scene, when the claw pops up outta the water between her knees? I took my glove and jammed it straight up over my head, flashing the blades out, the light of the projector making them shine.
    Well, there was a bit of a fracas. We escaped via fire door.

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  2. I try to avoid gymnastics imagery, it makes my back hurt just lookin’ at it. And poverty is depressing, why do they do that? Harshin’ my mellow. And the serial killer vids? OMG!

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  3. Featured Image? Cool! Hmm. I really like the girl in peach with the dandelion chain. You … maybe the wine colored dress, girl looking at a framed photo – or a mirror. I like that one too.

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  4. Afraid I don’t know any more than I could tease out of his rather cryptic captions – the fan videos were my surprise: channeling the awestruck fourteen-year-old girl inside him, I guess (he’s 43)…..he’s another artist who could put out a clunker one day and a masterpiece the next….
    The image I liked wasn’t the ones you mentioned – the one with the daisy-chain is lovely, great composition – I’ll try to add mine to the widgets (so far I’ve tried dragging images and writing the link – to no avail) – if I fail again I’ll just tell you which it was….

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    1. Still too dumb to work out the image widget: I open it, write the title, add the URL – and then when I save, the URL address disappears….anyway, it was the one with the model half turned in a (very) blue ruffled dress with a bare left shoulder (her left): demure and sensuous in one shot…..

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