Photography by Dim Melnikov
From the Photographer:
Thinking about this story before we start it, we wanted to move bit away from female external beauty and focus on the inside beauty of the woman's soul, to show the rich inner world of our heroine, to reveal the boudoir series from the emotional side. The series was inspired by the novels of Bronte, Fitzgerald, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Focusing on the fragile and fleeting image of a girl of the early 20th century, we wanted to reveal the uniqueness of feminine beauty, to show her tenderness through the ease of movement, and the depth of her gaze.
In our story, we decided to use minimal expressive means, which should only emphasize the image of a young girl, show a light, natural feminine morning, and hint at different facets of her story, allowing the viewer to let their imagination take them to where they believe this story goes.
The tender, weightless mood in the room invites in warm light and subtle textures. Contrast colors (tapes, calligraphy cards, home flowers) harmoniously fit into the frame, emphasizing the beauty of the girl and revealing her story a bit more.
This story is about the light and gentle morning - the personification of calm and silence that precede the spring awakening from a sleep, about the moment when a women can remain alone with herself and in her thoughts to break away from the world around and dream of spring.
Despite the fact that the series was conceived as inspiration, it was an interesting and unusual experience for our Katerina, as well as for any other girl, which allowed us to transform everyday vanity into an image of the heroine of the novel. We watched as she, step by step, broke down her internal barriers and opened up to the world.
For me, as a photographer, this was a very interesting experience of shooting a boudoir. It allows a woman to completely change her mood and thoughts and discover a new relationship with the story inside herself. She emerges as thought-out, but in the process of this revelation she is changing the very history and filling it with meaning. This series helped all of us who worked on it to understand that dreaming is simply necessary, because dreams and imagination change the world for the better, transform it both in small and large. And such a change is necessary for all of us as life itself.
Photographer: Dim Melnikov // Second Photographer: Anastasia Melnikova // Planning and styling: Nostra Storia // Flowers and stationery: Renne Decor // Dress: Kira Romashkina // Make-up: Temnenko Viktoria // Hair: Kristina Fldzhyan