Photographic Inspiration: Victoria Ivanova

Victoria Ivanova is a Russian still life Photographer who creates photographs with simple things that everyone has in their home like fruit, pencils and nails. She crates her photographs to tell a story about the things that had impressed her which she wanted to tell her friends about but not necessarily talk about it. “Each photo is a story. It is important to make this story interesting.”

Victoria Ivanova is inspired by the photographers Chema Madoz, Vlad Artazov and Constantin Voronov as she likes their way of creating a new world and telling a story. Before Victoria Lvanova creates her photographs she creates little sketches of what the final image might look like so that she has a better understanding of how the photographs might work.

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The first photograph by Victoria Ivanova is a mainly black and white image with only one other colour which is yellow and kept to the minimum. The photograph shows a pair of scissors standing up over a series of paper boats creating a leading line into the distance. The light in this photograph is coming from the top right hand side of the photograph and this I think helps the scissors look a little more dramatic standing over the paper boats.  I like the using a black and white image with just on colour in the photograph as I think it helps to draw the viewer in more as the colour stands out more.

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The second photograph by Victoria Ivanova is a black and white image, it shows a chess piece on a chess board with its shadow projected on the wall behind in the shape of the real thing on which the chess piece represents. The lighting in this photograph is coming from the bottom right hand side of the photograph and this is shown by the photographer slightly elongating the shadow on the wall behind. I like the way that the shadow on the wall in this photograph is different to the thing creating the shadow as it makes the viewer look twice at the photograph to make sure you are not seeing things.

I have chosen this photographer as I like the way the photographs Victoria Ivanova creates tell some short of story and the fact that the photographs she creates stand out from the distance and from over photographs in a similar style from a page full of over photographers.

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