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Faces and Places: Exploring Humanity Through Photography
Text: Irina Pivkina,art critic, editor of Art MUSE magazine
Photography is a powerful medium that allows artists to delve into the depths of human nature, exploring themes of identity, emotion, and experience. In this article, we explore the works of three contemporary photographers—Elizaveta Savrasova, Alisa Golovkina, and Valeriia Milenina—each offering a unique perspective on what it means to be human.
Elizaveta Savrasova: Beyond the Surface

Elizaveta Savrasova, a Moscow-based photographer, has dedicated seven years to mastering the art of portrait photography. Her passion for art, product photography, and fashion informs her approach, resulting in images that go beyond mere representation. Savrasova's goal is to capture not just the physical appearance of her subjects, but their inner essence and unique character.

Using vibrant colors and dynamic compositions, Savrasova's work conveys a sense of movement and emotion. The blurred lines and abstract forms in her photographs suggest the complexity and fluidity of human identity, encouraging viewers to look deeper and explore the nuances of what it means to be human.

Elizaveta Savrasova, “Lera” series, digital photography (2022)

Alisa Golovkina: Stories of Self
Alisa Golovkina, originally from Moscow, has traveled and studied extensively in the United Kingdom and Canada, shaping her artistic vision through diverse cultural experiences. Golovkina’s work delves into the themes of existence and identity, capturing not just fleeting moments but the essence of human experience.

Inspired by photographers like Daido Moriyama and writers like Moyra Davey, Golovkina views photography as a medium for raw, unfiltered expression. She uses her camera as a personal diary, documenting the intricacies of her own life and the ideas that captivate her. Transitioning from digital to film, Golovkina embraces the unpredictability of analogue photography, adding depth and texture to her work.

Her images range from spontaneous street scenes to carefully staged portraits, exploring identity, history, and emotion. Through her lens, Golovkina seeks to uncover the beauty in everyday moments and neglected spaces, inviting viewers to reflect on the complexities of life.

Alisa Golovkina, “Home” series, digital photography (2021)

Valeriia Milenina: Urban Narratives
Valeriia Milenina, a young photographer from Novorossiysk, has been intertwined with art from an early age. Graduating with distinction from art school, she was influenced by masters like Rembrandt and Paul Cezanne. Her early love for painting, color, and portrait sketches has transitioned into a passion for photography.

After enrolling at Tambov State University, Milenina began capturing street style, familiar faces, and event backstage moments. Her work integrates classical and contemporary art knowledge, producing photographs rich in narrative and emotion.

Milenina’s urban photography captures the essence of city life with a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of human interaction within architectural spaces. Her use of motion blur and dynamic compositions emphasizes the transitory nature of urban environments, creating a stark contrast between the fleeting presence of people and the permanence of the structures around them. This technique not only conveys the hustle and bustle of city life but also highlights moments of stillness and introspection amidst the chaos.

Valeriia Milenina, “street M”, 2023

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