*** by Mikhael Tarasov
September 12, 2013
It has been a while now since the last article. A lot of things have driven me away from this blog. Every now and then I have time to check the web for good photographs. This time I’ve found a photography collection which have made me listen some old clarinet jazz.
If you love the grain as much as I do, you’ll love these beautiful black and white pictures. They all preserve the old smell of vinegar in the darkroom. They are simple, clean, super soft and really communicative.
Before someone can say “They are just picture of a naked girl!” let me finish. If you only see the subject in a photograph, you’ll lose half of the picture. To read picture you need not to just look with your eyes, but with something more deep. A good picture, over the technical skills of the photographer, has to communicate feelings.
Certainly, the sensations you receive from a picture are subjective. What is amazing about photography, is that you can use it in a lot of different ways and still communicate the same thing (like love for S. Valentine pictures), or vice-versa, communicate different feelings to a multitude of people with the same photograph.
The last category of pictures are the most interesting. In fact, it is awesome how an image can drive you think about a smell, an object, a situation or even directly a feeling you’ve felt. You just have to open your “eyes” a little more and let them read the composition, colors, framing etc… If you don’t feel anything this doesn’t mean you are not able to read photographs, but probably that picture is not communicating anything to you. Maybe next week you’ll look at the same picture and feel something, or maybe it will be in a year. Doesn’t matter. What’s important is to NOT stop just watching things in front of you.
Mikhael Tarasov (Saint Petersburg ,1984) is a photographer came out from Saint Petersburg State University of Film and Television.
Since the beginning he has always been a photographer of nude, growing and experiencing in this field. Maybe this experience is the base to keep the concentration away from the human body, and just let it balance with the rest of the composition.
While his pictures are really good, it looks like he hasn’t find a direction yet. His style is made by a wide range of shades, which is good in some way, but can lead you to unidentify your past works. On the other side, if you can handle photography in such a variety of colors, it can be an extremely powerful way of communicate. I hope Mikhael will keep growing and never stop experimenting, since up to now he has done a really good job.
Click on the pictures for Mikhael Tarasov website.