Another young female Russian photographer: a cultural phenomenon that almost goes unnoticed – this being Darya Semina, known by the diminutive Dasha. She hasn’t got a cornucopia of sessions like her peers Yana Chuvalova , Maria Hert or Anna Volk, but a couple of really pretty sets, and a number where a portrait here and there is memorable. I’ll start with a relatively big session that displays her particular tone – no grandstanding, just two attractive sisters (Anastasia and Aleksandra Semenova) portrayed in a typically relaxed, informal style…….
However, first you must see the short backstage video by Anastasia Nefedova (there are a number by her in this post – but all well worth watching) – particularly a lovely, completely impromptu hug that little Aleksandra gives Dasha at about 1:36 – just love spilling over…..
……and they have incredible skin colouring – even the soles of their feet seem to be beautifully tanned: I’m not trying to be provocative by saying that they would be perfect subjects for Jock Sturges to portray nude – the results would just be gorgeous…. (Ok, someone’s going to say it’s all Photoshop – but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief…..) There are another two portraits of them together:
…….and Dasha has also done sessions with them separately – first Anastasia (see below for image link – her sister still has a private Instagram account run by her mother):
……and then Aleksandra:
…..and do you want to pass probably the sweetest two-and-a-half-minutes of your unfortunately decadent life? This is almost mesmerising:
The next model Dasha seems to have done a few sessions with is ten-year-old Sofia Razuvaeva – a fellow Saint Petersburg resident:
….and especially Yana Kozlova – logical really, since she’s yet another Saint Petersburg girl:
…….you may remember the red tee in particular from a big spread on Yana last month (here) – where the last portrait was in fact the header. It was also the header for another video that was hidden away at the bottom of the post (although in the main body broken up into two Instagram vids (it’s by Anastasia Nefedova again, and is also well worth seeing – Yana seems to be in a trance, moving about like a just-woken fawn…..):
……you see Dasha briefly – as she snaps some of the portraits in the gallery above – and get the impression she guides her models quite gently – letting them improvise, and not making them too nervous.
An interesting side-note is a drawn version of the third portrait with the black tee – from a member of this Russian online educational institute:
….being enough of an interpretation to be interesting – as well as demonstrating obvious skill in execution.
There are two more YouTube videos by Anastasia and Dasha to introduce the next model:
…..Alisa (Aliska) Koz(h)ikina – a first time on the blog (named, at least – see her image-link below). The videos show a much livelier, outgoing girl than the demure poses above (apart from the second portrait, where she’s hamming it up as in the video) – she came fifth out of sixteen entrants in the Junior Eurovision song competition in 2014 (after winning Russia’s version of The Voice), so she’s used to performing – even live on national and international television.
Finally all the sweet portraits that stand alone or in small sets – but still demonstrate what quality models Dasha works with, and how well she relaxes them in order to get some lovely portraits: