Photo exhibition Valeria Zvereva "SECRETS OF NEAR SPACE" automatic translate
с 20 Апреля
по 31 Мая
ТК «Галерея» (ПЕЧАТНИКИ)
ул. Гурьянова, д. 30
Cosmos is closer than it seems! He - in any forest near Moscow. TC "Gallery" is a personal photo exhibition of Valeria Zvereva, which expands the visible space and immerses the viewer in the almost imperceptible to the simple eye mysterious worlds. Worlds where mosses, mushrooms, and even "animal mushrooms" fight, overcome, resist.
Any new world stuns, captures, fascinates and, of course, makes you want to tell the whole world about it. But you can tell in different ways. Especially if your world is not visible to ordinary eyes. And your models are almost imperceptible, but amazingly beautiful and complex. Sometimes the story of the unknown turns into a directory. Close-up, detail and signature in Latin.
Valery Zverev acts differently: “It is interesting for me not only to shoot bigger, clearer, more qualitative, but to look for scenes causing any associations, or, using a game of light, give a sense of mystery or even fiction to what is happening in the frame.”
The heroes of Valeria are tiny creatures, mosses, mushrooms and even “animal mushrooms”. These strange miniature creatures at a certain stage of life can even “crawl” in search of food. However, it is so slow that it can be noticed only on a series of consecutive shots or in an accelerated video. However, the author does not draw attention to biological details. Even the eternal plot moves: the struggle, overcoming, opposition - fade into the background.
Valerie much more interesting to work with unusual textures and color. Trap droplets of sundews are perceived as color spheres. The glowing paws of arachnids are transformed into graphic structures. The web and its inhabitants refer to something Chinese. And so, gradually, the technique of macro photography ceases to prevail over the artistic perception of works. And at some point, we see: “The Rooks Have Arrived,” but we don’t think about what the author actually shot.
For me, taking a photograph is to some extent a way to spend time in nature for a reason, and “for the cause”. Well, by and large - this is not just a hobby, but a kind of escape. Escape from ordinariness, the ability to expand the visible space and dive into the almost imperceptible to the common eye mysterious worlds. At the same time, it is not necessary to climb into hard-to-reach places - you can drive close and often.
My priorities in macro photography were originally dictated not by some creative ideas, but out of consideration: “what we have, so we work”. Usually for shooting classic macro soft light is needed, the models should be weakly moving, and the weather should be windless. This combination of conditions happens in the early morning, but forcing myself to get up at dawn is a practically impossible task for me. Therefore, I mostly take pictures in the forest, where there is little wind even during the daytime, and the main characters of my pictures are mushrooms, mosses, and very small forest dwellers. And they are beautiful too!
However, for some time it became interesting to me not just to take out bigger, clearer, more qualitative, but to look for subjects causing any associations, or, with the help of the play of light, give the scene what is happening in the frame a sense of mystery or even fantasy.
1981-1986. Studying at the Moscow Geological Prospecting Institute and related travels around the country: training practice in the Crimea, practice in field expeditions in Eastern Siberia, geological excursions and just trips to the Kola Peninsula, Karelia, the Caucasus, Central Asia. I always had a camera with me, because the pictures of almost untouched wildlife were fascinating. I photographed everything that I have to have: landscapes, people, dogs, field life. Normal photo or slides for memory.
1986-1993. Work in the Arkhangelsk region in the White Sea Geological Prospecting Expedition. Russian north, expeditionary village in the middle of a pine forest and drunken winding river Zolotitsa. A young team, interesting work, white nights in the summer, a few hours of daylight in the winter. And the northern lights! How I wanted to somehow capture them on film. But with the camera "Change" it was not possible.
2006. The first digital hat appeared on the farm. With her help, during an expedition to Yamal, where mosquitoes were the main “models”, she tried to shoot macro. Ordinary small midges on the camera display turned into fantastic hairy monsters. I wanted to continue the experiments. And when, instead of a soapbox, the first SLR with a macro lens appeared, the passion grew into a passion.
2008. In search of information about macro photography on the Internet, I came across a remarkable resource - macroclub.ru. Peeped - and "disappeared." Macroclub is a community of creative people who share experiences, advise, discuss, learn from each other, argue, form trends and set development vectors. Joint trips, photo tours, participation in various photo projects and competitions. Great luck and happiness that Macroclub happened in our life.