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A Moscow Summer with Timofey Kolesnikov

August 28, 2012

Viewed through the candid eyes of the infamous Russian fashion blogger and photographer

  • Text by Kemal Tarba

We welcome back Timofey Kolesnikoy, one of Leica's Russian ambassadors, founder of the hugely popular photo blog Timdiary and Vogue.ru columnist. Dividing his time between lecturing creative photography, shooting for established fashion bibles and working on his social photography project, Satellite Voices talks to Kolesnikov about the vicissitudes of fate stemming from living and working in Russia over the summer, the freedom of expression and the pains of falling.

SV: What is your most vivid summer memory from this year?
Timofey Kolesnikov: My involvement in charity work. Together with Natalia Vodianova’s charity foundation Naked Heart I travelled to various Russian cities from Yekaterinburg to Krymsk. During this trip I realised that there are a lot of social issues that need to be shown to a wider audience. It’s just a very different feeling to do stuff not for the sake of money.

SV: Now that you are doing social photography projects, what do you think about recent political developments in Russia, especially in regards to freedom of expression? Do you think they affect your work?
Timofey Kolesnikov: The political development you are talking about was very predictable, because it is sort of a link of one chain we all are wading through. I also know that in this country if I eschew politics I will continue to have wide range of various professional opportunities and nothing would hinder my development. The social photography I do is about children and totally irrelevant to baneful politics. My public political position is ostentatiously apolitical; my personal tacit political stand is opposition.

SV: What are your reflective dos and don'ts of the Russian summer?
Timofey Kolesnikov: It is a must to spend as much time as possible outdoors: on the beaches, parks, gardens... terraces. And what you should avoid is staying indoors. People, breathe that fresh air!

SV: And what are your plans for the fall?
Timofey Kolesnikov: I had pretty tempestuous summer, after which I feel sort of jaded. So this frenetic pace of summer determined my plan for fall, to rest. To just lie down and watch the sun rising and descending. I need a halcyon rest. 

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