Multi award winning photographer Julija Svetlova is holding her first London solo exhibition at Kaizo salon in Shoreditch. Working entirely on film, Svetlova shoots her photographs with a variety of cameras. She works with the double exposure technique that helps her to create dream-like photographs and shows London’s familiar landmarks in uncustomary ways. All works on show are signed limited editions and printed as high quality C-Type prints on Kodak Metallic paper mounted on aluminum.
Julija Svetlova is a freelance photographer based in East London. Her first experiments with photography began during her teenage years in Saint Petersburg when she discovered LOMO cameras. Influenced by the snapshot aesthetic, seriality and the spirit of collective creativity at the core of the Lomographic culture, she moved on to work with a variety of film cameras and techniques since that time. What remains constant in her work is her love for materiality of the photochemical process in image making. Taking everyday subjects and street situations as her point of departure, she never attempts to use these images as evidence to establish facts of this reality.
Instead, she subjects them to transformation, imbuing them with phantasy-like qualities. If anything is “real”, it is not what we see, but the medium that we use to capture these impressions.
Svetlova moved to London in 2007 upon having worked at the Hermitage Museum’s photographic laboratory. In London she enrolled in the Digital Lens-Based Image Making course at London College of Communication. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She has won numerous awards for her Lomographic images, as well as Sleipnir Travel Grant for artists from Nordic Council of Ministers and in 2011 she became a runner-up in the prestigious Fitzrovia Photography prize. She contributed to Photography: The New Basics published by Thames & Hudson in 2012.
written by neja on 2014-03-19