Known for his incredibly striking portraits, today’s special roll comes from the hands of our great friend and artist, the talented Andrej Russkovskij! Highly influenced and inspired by the style icons of the sixties and seventies, he skillfully captures his muse with remarkable grace and lightness.
We caught up with the man himself and asked him about the shoot:
“Since I moved to the Isle of Wight I felt it would be hard for me to carry on with the style I was previously so fond of: portraiture in urban scenarios. Then, I was shown this abandoned villa with its mysterious garden and I immediately fell in love with it! Hailey, a friend of mine, came to visit me on the island, aware that I had plans for a photo shoot; she brought a vintage dress she had found in her grandma’s closet. We decided to recreate a late sixties/early seventies vibe and she did a great job on her Brigitte Bardot inspired makeup and hairdo. We reached the abandoned villa on a chilly autumn Sunday morning and she couldn’t help but be amazed stood in front of the majesty and decay of the set.
“Originally, the idea was to use an expired Fuji Provia 400 film but when we got there, the sky turned cloudy, and I thought that a black and white film would have been a better choice. Hailey delivered one stunning shot after the other, and the whole session went incredibly smoothly. I was sure that the outcome would be great because I never hesitated once. It’s something hard to explain. You just know it.”
When asked to share his thoughts on what makes a great roll, he answered:
“I guess it’s a combination of many different things that eventually work out fine together. There are so many unpredictable variables when you shoot a roll, even when you try to plan every single detail of the photo shoot. Naturally, dealing with a model can make matters worse because you never know what their attitude will be until shooting starts, and sometimes it can change during the process as well.
“I’d say connection is probably the most important feature; the photographer should be connected to the model, who in turn should be connected to the set and the whole atmosphere. Confidence on both sides is quite necessary too. The photographer shouldn’t be afraid of being demanding and the model shouldn’t hold themselves back. However, there’s no confidence if you’re not comfortable with the camera you’re shooting with and the model is not comfortable with their outfit or makeup.”
“Last but not least, enthusiasm. Without enthusiasm the outcome is very likely to be average and the pictures will lack any drive. If everything fits in perfectly you will be aware of it throughout the whole session and that will be crystal clear for the viewers as well.”
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Camera: Lubitel 166+
Film: Rollei 400