There’s a new phenomenon in the young photography atmosphere, which is represented by a brand new class of photographers who came from the Russian-speaking areas of the world. This is the case with the talented Olga Zlobina, who is a great artist in human portraits.
Russian-speaking countries are recently the lands in which peculiar photography minds grow up, with an original and different point of view about the techniques of photographing and posing. In particular, often not having a lot of money to spend on photography, these photographers develop their first abilities with analog lo-fi cameras.
In this stimulating environment is where Olga Zlobina grew up in, a girl who is pretty good in taking portrait pictures. Her pictures prove that the Russian-speaking culture can influence how a photographer plays with cameras, in particular, with analog camera: only with film, can a photographer express the Do It Yourself belief (as shown in the “Tipster” section of the Lomography magazine).
Olga lives in Saint Petersburg, the town in which the original Lomo LC-A was designed and produced. One of her most important subjects is people who are ice-skating (unfortunately her website is not available now, so we cannot see these images): these pictures are delightful, because they are a very good example of a good quality sport photography, characterized by a huge focusing on all body movements. Human body in motion is one of the most difficult subjects ever: easier if you shoot in digital, but strongly harder if you shoot in film (manually).
She made a series of classic portraits with a single model in an abandoned old building, trying to create a strong contrast between the human subject and the background. In these pictures, the grain and noise of the images on film adds a nostalgic touch to the atmosphere of the composition, which no digital SLR could have ever provided. This nostalgia is perfectly married with the amazing posing work: there’s a particular focus on the model’s emotion.
Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life here or add him on Facebook or Google+.