Dazed Digital

Moscow / Русский

Elena Kholkina

February 17, 2012

Introducing the young photographer and her iIllusive work

  • Text by Kemal Tarba

The Moscow-born photographer Elena Kholkina, contributed to a variety of magazines like Ozon Raw, ACHE, Open Lab and Kinki. She is closely collaborating with fashion designers and is currently working on projects with Alexandra Grecco, Dreamandawake and Dell Stewart. Her recent dreamlike photography series, populated by illusive and beautiful characters, pulsate with ambiguous meditations on a profound spiritual level. Elena’s photography manages to evoke the sense of faux naïve intimacy within the confines of hauntingly atmospheric scenarios.

Satellite Voices: Do you think it's important to build a relationship with your subject?
Elena Kholkina: I usually meet the model five minutes before the shoot, so there is not much time for building a relationship. However, I would like the model to be calm and comfy. Not every model can do what I want right away, so I explain, show and talk them into it during the shoot.  

SV: Do you need to reveal your own vulnerability to enable your subjects to open up and show a new, honest side to themselves?  
Elena Kholkina: Often it's not their honest side that I'm looking for, but simply their most relaxed state of mind and body, so they can move freely. Also, I love to use locations, not studios. A place gives a model some reference and helps her to work creatively.  

SV: What artists and photographers inspire you?
Elena Kholkina: Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, Ryan McGinley, Jeff Wall, loads of old masters and contemporary photographers. The list could be endless. 

SV: What do you feel makes a photographer successful?
Elena Kholkina: If you are able to work in your own manner and earn your living from it - sounds nice to me.  

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