Roman Kramskoy is my second unheralded photographer from the Moldovan town of Tiraspol, after Vladimir Timofeev (here – and for all things Pridnestrovian). In both cases there was a degree of luck involved – again I noticed the (beautifully delicate and feminine) portrait above while searching something quite different.
Roman seems to use his account on 35photo.ru as his home site – having over 120 followers, and nearly 150,000 views – while his Vk.com account has far more photographs – over 2,500 compared with about 350. The b&w portrait above is rather unrepresentative of his work, as he predominately produces glamour/boudoir images (with a high degree of artistry) – and in fact I’m sure he wouldn’t consider himself to any extent a children’s photographer – particularly as pretty well all the relevant shots are of this girl, whom I’m convinced is his daughter, Varya (Barbara):
…..and with the five above I chose what I consider to be among his best work, to hopefully indicate what he’s capable of in this genre.
Going through what seem to be sets, there is a group where Varya is wearing a bright red dress:
…..and you then realise that in the b&w opening portrait – and three of those in my first gallery – she’s actually wearing screaming red….
…..probably a favourite dress – or one worn around Christmas – so you really have no way of knowing how many sessions it represents, except possibly from the well-applied luscious red lipstick that’s absent in the last portrait.
There are definitely some images that relate to discrete sessions:
……and you discover along the way that she’s a really great little model – particularly for an amateur – going from ultra-groomed hipster to wild-child; from romantic to domestic – with a good command of expression and emotion: and Roman shows himself to be comfortable with the different styles that are needed to put the moods across.
[Roman put two new portraits of Varya on Vk.com just after I published this – really lovely and elegant: that girl has great taste…..]
Here are one or two that don’t fit into a set, and aren’t all Varya:
…….the last image giving more of an indication of what he can do when he’s tweaking his adult, commercial portraits….if only he’d try it with more portraits of Varya…..