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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…..

Alina Kiryukhina by Andrey Sharapov (Dolphine/d’Elf): Featuring “Kelp” by Noxxut on DeviantArt

Alina Kiryukhina by Andrey Sharapov (Dolphine/d’Elf): Featuring “Kelp” by Noxxut on DeviantArt

The next three portraits serve as something of a defence for this post – I realise that the previous one was necessarily populated by images of the model, Gaia, showing lots of skin – perfectly appropriately: she’s a professional model, and it was an expertly (and beautifully) shot swimsuit/beachwear session. This post features a couple of fine-art photographic semi-nudes, as well as some drawn nudes/semi nudes – but my defence is that the main artist we’re dealing with is an exquisite photographer of girls’ portraits per se, and the nude studies are incidental to the overall vision (although in their own right they’re lovely portraits as well):

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…….I didn’t exactly choose these at random – but they’re more-or-less representative of the portfolio of the artist. Ok, why this particular photographer? At this point in time just because of a particular image:

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…..by a long-term DeviantArtist, Noxxut, who has been serving up slightly unsettling illustrations of barely-dressed girls for quite some time – this one (Kelp“), I happened upon by chance, and it reminded me immediately of a portrait by a photographer whom I’d always wanted to do a post on, but lacked enough definitive information – except two names: Dolphine/ d’Elf. As it turned out, reverse searching the image (that Noxxut’s artwork seems definitely to have been based on) brought me immediately to the photographer – forty-five year-old Yalta resident Andrey Sharapov:

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……and I apologise for the quality of the images – his original formats are often miniscule. Given the names Dolphine and d’Elf, and to some extent the concentration on gymnastics images, I’d in fact surmised he was a she – and also given the rather archaic formats and framing, I’d guessed they were all from some years ago – while although he started uploading onto the Gallery.ru (link above) site back in 2008, his last contact was as recent as December last year.

I’ll finish with Noxxut before continuing to Andrey’s portfolio: I really appreciate the quality that the model (Alina Kiryukhina according to his Vk.com feed) has in the main and associated shots:

……and the conceit of recognising that quality by turning her into an underwater human/alien/seacreature was clever – just why not credit the original artist (and model), or at least indicate there is an unattributable primary source? He’s done it before – this is his painting “Loli-pop” followed by Sergey Bratkov‘s iconic portrait of Sonya from his “Kids” series:

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……..and as usual lots of praise in the “Comments” section – and no acknowledgement of the actual source (or the really bad drawing of the girl’s legs). Here’s some of Noxxut’s portfolio:

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…..the last one (“Pearls Before Swine“) showing that he has the possibility of moving into Mark Ryden territory with a more hyper-real technique and less texture  – assuming he understands that ultimately there’s only so far you can go with drawing girls in ironic bikinis…….

Anyway, here’s a selection of Andrey’s work – there are a lot of gymnastics shots to choose from, so just a representative group of those. Otherwise he seems to have managed to take excellent portraits of non-professional models – some he probably met through gymnastics as he snapped his way round the Crimea – first his bigger formats:

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……..which come mainly from his Vk.com feed……..followed by an enormous gallery of (mostly) his small formats: logically I could have bumped some up – but choosing from this quality is pretty well impossible:

…….and Alina? There are other portraits of her in Andrey’s portfolio – some not so different:

……and some showing her seemingly slightly older:

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…….but, wonderfully, some also showing her without the sociopath’s glare (only kidding 😘) when she was a little thing:

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I really like it when a photographer gets the chance to follow a girl through life’s formative stages: two final portraits – a group shot with her family, and the rather suave-looking sixteen-years-younger Andrey himself beside – what else? A dolphin:

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Maria (Masha) Tsishchanka by Bozhena Puchko, Sergey Piltnik and Ruslan Huzau

Maria (Masha) Tsishchanka by Bozhena Puchko, Sergey Piltnik and Ruslan Huzau

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If you look at the model featured in the header portrait – lying on a couch with a cheesy grin – you’d think she was just another pretty girl, probably posing for a stock image. You’d be right – but two excellent fine-art photographers have seen something else. The two images above are by the photographer from the previous post – Bozhena Puchko (one being the header/teaser) – her comment for the first image on Facebook being “Amazing Masha” (see image-link below), while on Instagram her comment for the second image is: “Absolutely new – my stunning [new] face“. The model is Maria Tsishchanka – who uses the diminutive Masha, calling herself Masha Tsi for short – but she isn’t really a new face: and this is where I ‘fess up to a misattribution…..

The other fine art photographer who has used her as a model is Sergey Piltnik – and probably most beautifully in these two portraits:

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…….which I put in a gallery of portraits of Polinka Karpenko here, and then repeated the error comprehensively here. I could blame Sergey for not being Ryan Mills and dutifully naming every model and location in every published shot – but I know he doesn’t, and just assumed they were Polinka from the context near portraits of her on his 500px.com gallery. And looking at them now – Masha doesn’t really look that much like Polinka anyway……tho’ the style certainly makes attribution harder – look at this shot of Polinka:

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……still, it does give me a good excuse for dedicating a post to Masha – since while it’s anything but an insult to be confused with Polinka, it’s always good to have your own qualities recognised……..first by Sergey:

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…….the last portrait being interesting, since on his Ok.ru feed, one of his friends asks where in Gomel (Belarus – Sergey and Polinka’s hometown) it was taken – the reply being near the railway station: which means that Masha either lives in Gomel (or nearby) or goes there for what seem to be numerous sessions (Sergey always hashtags his photos with #gomel) – here’s another one outside the railway station:

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As well as 500px.com and Ok.ru, Sergey is on a number of sites – see below for Instagram, then Photosight.ru, and finally Vk.com.

Bozhena, on the other hand, is a Moscow resident – but has shot Polinka in the past, and now Masha……the driving distance between the two cities being about 400 miles……:

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…….as you can see from the first portrait and the image link below, Bozhena is starting a new project she calls “The Queen” – and being an enthusiastic promoter of her wares, is already calling it “stunning“……..if she keeps Masha as the lead model, there’s at least a good chance….

The third photographer in the title is Ruslan Huzau – in fact the stock image provider behind my header – and the creator of a lot of the images on Masha’s own Instagram feed. He uses his own name or Aletia on the various sites where he sells his stock (here and here, for example) – and again I don’t know if he’s a Gomel resident. Here are a few of his portraits – obviously shot more for their illustrative than artistic qualities, but perhaps giving a better idea of Masha’s real personality, when she isn’t being the serious, arty model:

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…….and one last portrait from her social media feed – she doesn’t name the photographer, and I’m not going to hazard a guess – maybe I’ve learned my lesson….. 😚😚😚😚😚

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Natasha Lishtvan and Polina Bogdanova by Alex and Diana Secret

Natasha Lishtvan and Polina Bogdanova by Alex and Diana Secret

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I’ve changed the title about four times – altering Miss Lishtvan‘s given name from Natasha to Irina and back again. On Instagram she’s Natasha (see below for image links), while on Vk.com she’s Irina – but the clincher was the declaration: “Hooray, we chose a model agency model is now -Natasha Secret Family Kids” – so I’m guessing that Irina is her mother. I posted previously about Alex and Diana (Adrianova) Secret, aka The Secret Family here, featuring some really wonderful flour-filled shots of Kristina Shmidt – ok, you’ve twisted my arm:

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As I mentioned in that post, the Secrets run a turnkey photography-styling-studio-model operation in Saint Petersburg: and the “playing card” above is presumably a way of promoting Natasha as one of their signed models – on Instagram (see below) Alex says: “I print the instructions @di.secret” – and Natasha comments “Cool!”…….this was all just two days ago……

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…….two days in which she might have checked out the Secret’s home site (here), and discovered she’s joining just four other child models represented by them – and I discover she really is “Natasha” – and she’s eight. There are a lot of impressive-sounding parts to the site that reveal themselves to be wishful-thinking (i.e. blank), except the number and quality of the studios – and the fact that Diana is a make-up artist and stylist as well as an excellent photographer. As you can see from the image link below, the first portrait is on Diana’s feed, and she says”PS I’m in love with this photo 😍” – so I guess this and the following set are by her (“Model Test”, apparently):

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……she’s a bit of a hamster-face in profile – but with the Secrets at least she’s got an agency that necessarily need to use their own models in promotions, in order to save money – it’s just less likely that other photographers will cast her as well. The “Space Unicorn” session below seems to have been before they signed Natasha, since in the relevant image link featuring her, Alex refers to the OFK model agency. The other girl is the much more experienced Polina (Pauline) Bogdanova (using @pomina08 on social media):

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…….that’s Alex in the last shot, and he’s another loved-up photographer – after Marina Alexandra in the previous post – putting this sweet portrait of Diana on his feed:

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……and getting the hoped-for response “Bay 😍😍😍” from his not-so-Secret love…….

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Nadezhda Simanovskaya (and Others) by Marina Alexandra (Mari Iva)

Nadezhda Simanovskaya (and Others) by Marina Alexandra (Mari Iva)

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This is in fact a perfectly normal children’s portrait by Saint Petersburg photographer Marina Alexandra, who also calls herself professionally Photoproject Tuvista. But since the model – fellow Saint Petersburg resident twelve-year-old Nadezhda (Nadia) Simanovskaya – is looking a little doe-eyed, and sporting some pretty shoulders, it sometimes gets reposted on adult sites.

Click on Marina’s name above, and the link takes you to the most innocent photographer’s working site there can be – she does everything to maintain a business – albums, posters, framed pictures, you name it – but the children’s photography part of it is based around the traditional Russian love of sentimentalising childhood, not exploiting it….. Here’s the rest of the set:

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Nadia is described on her Fashion Kids‘ profile as having little experience – and in fact the few other searchable portraits of her are also by Marina:

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…….the first one is remarkably good: great eye-formation, cute snub nose, and perfect cupid’s bow lips – I’ll bet she lacks a good agency or parental pushiness to prevent her from having done so little at twelve – basically her career is all but over – and she’s living in what is probably the best city in the world to be a successful girl model.

Here are some more of Marina’s portraits:

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…..I took most of these from her Vk.com feed – and my only concern was that she rarely uses a watermark, and never states her direct ownership of the photos: and among them were these two:

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….respectively by Alena Nikiforova-Kunda and Vika Pobeda. I don’t believe for a second that she’s trying to pass them off as her own work – they’re far too well known, for one thing – but it’s possible some in the above gallery could be innocent intrusions, as well……..caveat emptor.

While the Vk.com blog also tells us the rather surprising information that she studied at the University of Limerick – it also tells us that she’s “in love”…….ahhh 🎀🎈🎋💋💍👸💑🎇🎊🎆💒!!!

Polina Syrets by Tatiana Les(h)chenko

Polina Syrets by Tatiana Les(h)chenko

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…….there’s something about a girl with milky-white skin and freckles that photographers adore – plus this little model – Polina (Pauline) Syrets – has something of an elf-child about her (ok, I’m being fanciful, but you can see the quality I mean…..).

The first two portraits are just colour/b&w variants, while the other two are slightly different – and the perfectionist is Russian Tatiana (Tanya) Leshchenko, from the site of history’s biggest tank battle: Kursk. She has done a couple of even closer shots of Polina:

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……the last two again being b&w/colour versions of the same portrait…….and a couple where Polina is holding Nadia – twenty-seven-year-old Tanya’s daughter (the other one being the header):

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……she reminds me of Mirta Groffman from a couple of posts ago – tho’ Tanya is more of a beginner at painting and drawing, sticking to urban landscapes and portraits (particularly of Nadia – as far as I can tell she’s a single mum). The best place to admire just her photographs is here: she has an Instagram account (see below – @solartphoto), but doesn’t include any of her children’s portraits.

Finally two of her photographic portraits of Nadia; holding a painted portrait of her; and then Tanya and Nadia together…….:

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