Fine Art school of photography comes with a fresh and unique approach to teaching photography. By combining strong theoretical knowledge with very practical assignments, the courses I have attended enabled me to develop my own projects, to identify my visual style and to locate my practice in the wider context of contemporary art photography.
— the courses were very well structured, each lesson accompanied by a presentation illustrating examples of the core principles, in order to facilitate understanding
— home tasks were interesting and well-thought, encouraging the students to practice and reach their creative potential. I could not wait to start shooting again after being assigned a new challenging assignment!
— very careful selection of high quality works of accomplished artists presented during the course introduced the students to different approaches to art photography and encouraged them to aim for the best presentation of their works
— Vladimir Seleznev has been a demanding teacher and inspiring artist, a true professional, providing frank and valuable feedback, accompanied by a good dose of dry humor
Overall, learning at Fine Art School of Photography has been an amazing experience and I entirely recommend it to anyone interested to develop themselves in the field of photography.
Серии и проекты
These observations on the earthy and the celestial are the result of a quiet contemplation on the nature of space, an understanding enhanced by a state of stillness and immersion into the metaphysical.Through the lack of human presence and man-made elements, the images constitute both manifestations of the sublime, and a meditation on our own existence within the vastness of the universe. The removal of distractions that normally clutter the landscape, preference for abstraction and simplicity of form, facilitate the perception of the very core of the landscape, seen as an union of metaphysical dualities including earth and sky, light and dark, mind and body.The proposed visual language in Stillness is meant to convey a sense of harmony of one’s existence on both the universal and microcosmic scale, and to provide an experience that ultimately transcends the boundaries of the purely aesthetic.
I’LL BE LATE TONIGHT
‘‘I’ll be late tonight’ is a project which I made while living in a gated expatriate residence in Russia. In 2012 I relocated with my family to Russia for my husband’s job, and moved into a secluded housing community, hosting expatriates from different countries. In this community, men were typically breadwinners and the women, who quit their jobs in their own countries to support their husbands’ careers abroad, became housewives.
Spouses who move abroad for their partners’ careers are called ‘dependants’ on their visas. Worldwide, it’s estimated that 84% of expatriate spouses are women. I have a legal background, and for me, just as for other women in the community, the shift to becoming a housewife was related to becoming a mother. Living in the expatriate community as a housewife and stay at home mother, I felt conflicted towards feeling privileged and the compromises I made by giving up my personal aspirations. I found that being economically dependent on the spouse changes the power balance in marital relationships and is overall, a disempowering experience. The negative societal perception on being a housewife affected my sense of self-worth.
I thought that, in many respects, the expatriate community, where women were defined in narrow roles as housewives and mothers, was a reflection of the power structures in capitalist society, and of the interplay between gender, class and race in creating social inequality. In that community, men dominated the senior corporate jobs, while their family related responsibilities were largely fulfilled by women. Given the strong societal expectations that women are primarily caregivers, capitalism assigns the unpaid domestic and reproductive work largely to women, preventing them from participating fully, as peers, in the labour market.
Throughout the book, images are punctuated by texts that give an insight into my experience and reflect on how the different voices in our lives are shaping behaviour. The way women are represented in mass media, with the disproportionate emphasis on beauty and on their role as family nurturers, contributes to reinforcing the existing societal norms and stereotypes. It pressures women to conform to gendered expectations and to internalise behaviour that encourages the perpetuation of the same gender-biased hierarchy.