POLINA MELNIKOVA & MATTHEW FARNSWORTH
Please tell us a little about yourself and your photography journey?
PM: I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and have been into photography for 3 years. Near a year ago I have decided to turn photography into profession. My inspiration is people and everything that surrounds them in the viewfinder of my camera. I am absolutely fascinated by my models, whether they are in professional modeling or just amateurs. Being always surrounded by beauty has set my goal - to show girls and boys that they are that beauty. I try to transmit the natural aesthetic of the body into my pictures and inspire people to feel unique.
Does your photography reflect you as an individual?
PM: I would say that what I do is the reflection of my soul and everything that inspires me. I feel complete when I hand my camera. So yes, it does reflect me as an individual.
"I try to transmit the natural aesthetic of the body into my pictures and inspire people to feel unique."
What have you learned about humanity from taking someones portrait?
PM: When I look at the viewfinder of my camera I see not just a person but an individual. And I try to capture the particular moment which exactly reflects the person. With every model these moments are different. So what I have learned and what amazes me every time is how special every person is.
How did growing up in St. Petersburg inspire your imagery?
PM: I think it is the way I edit the pictures. St.Petersburg Is known by its greyness and rainy weather, but it is rather poetic than gloomy. So my pictures are always low-saturated and warm. That’s not because I don’t like colors, that’s just how St. Petersburg has inspired me to edit.
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