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Evgeny Matveev II: Karina, Diana and Lina (Featuring Interiors – Props)

Evgeny Matveev II: Karina, Diana and Lina (Featuring Interiors – Props)

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…….I billed this post as covering “Interiors” – but couldn’t resist another good-sized session devoted to one model: Karina. Evgeny seems to have used her just this once, and again nearing sunset – with beautifully delicate results……As always, I wonder how many girls have received injuries wandering around junkyards at the behest of photographers trying to enhance the beautiful by contrasting it with the ugly….it already looks like she cut her left knee in the process……

I’ll start the interiors with these two models in black leotards:

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……..I’m sure I’m doing a disservice to Evgeny’s original concept of the progression of the images – but there’s no definitive set that I can follow….. Anyway, the models are Diana (on the left) and Lina: possibly sisters?

As you could see from the portraits, he likes a sprinkling of suggestive props – here the dress-maker’s torso-dummy (among others):

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…….he must have a pretty cluttered studio – here are some of the objects he uses for the models to sit or recline on: old armchairs, a whatsit, trunks, an upended table – and something so horrible he covers it with an old piece of sacking…..:

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……although he does seem to have enough decent light chairs to seat the girls for a small dinner party:

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……..and somewhere in the recesses of the studio he’s even got a prop that would gain him entry to Polina Bogdanova‘s block party (from a couple of posts back):

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As well as his rhythmic gymnastics-dedicated Instagram account, I finally found a regular one (see below – and the previous post for other links) – tho’ he hasn’t bothered to upload anything substantial from his back-catalogue: however, knowing the instant gratification that the platform delivers, I wouldn’t be surprised if he started using it more than Vk.com or Facebook…….worth following, I would have thought….

Here is the romantic, flower-chomping chap (another one who announces on Vk.com that he’s “in love” 💑💑💑💑):

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Evgeny Matveev I: Sonia and Sasha

Evgeny Matveev I: Sonia and Sasha

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The run of Russian photographers – with just one Italian intruder in the previous six posts (considering Andrey Sharapov as Russian rather than Ukrainian) – is extraordinary: and now here’s another. Evgeny Matveev is a forty-six year-old from Saint Petersburg, and as well as the approximate age, has a lot in common with Andrey: they both specialise in gymnastics/dance, and are consummate, almost obsessive, photographers of girls.

Whether it comes from an understanding of the physical form via the two activities, I don’t know – but they share an appreciation for the whole body – legs, arms, backs – with consequently relatively less attention to headshots and clothing. Evgeny is formidably prolific – with more than 9,500 images on Vk.com alone, so it’s going to take a few posts to cover his output. I’m starting with the model in the opening portrait – Sonia – whose crowning glory is obviously her hair. First this set, which is one of the few named ones featuring non-gymnastics/dance sessions that he has on Vk.com:

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The next set (including the header) I had to put together myself – for obvious reasons my file is entitled “Sonia – Hair” – shot a year later at sunset on the beach:

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…….the emphasis on Sonia’s hair being mirrored in portraits he’s taken of another model – seemingly called Sasha – with hair more wavy than Sonia’s red mane:

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…….as well as Vk.com, Evgeny has galleries on Photosight.ru, 500px.com, and Facebook (see image link) – including dipping a seven-image sized toe in Flickr. As offerings to a more general public, he has a (rather underwhelming) home site, and is is even featured briefly on Fkids.ru – and has started an Instagram account dedicated just to rhythmic gymnastics (see image link below). The next post on him will feature interiors – and if you glance through his portfolio, you’ll see that big choices will have to be made…..