“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera” // Lewis Hine
I was born in 1985 in Saint Petersburg in the USSR. After my grandfather died when I was 16, I discovered that there were no photographs of the man that I loved so dearly. Discovering that this man, or in fact any precious beauty, can pass away without leaving behind any record was a shock.
I managed to get my hands on a Zenit, a simple Soviet camera, and secured myself into a photography course. This is how I began my journey into this world. Still, to this day, I always approach photography from a documentary point of departure. I do my best not to interfere with reality and just let things happen. I feel it is my calling to document, record and preserve this fleeting beauty that I see all around – there is beauty in everything.
I immigrated to Israel in 2000 and studied fine arts in Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, specializing in photography. After receiving my degree, I moved to the desert, to a solitary farm near Mitzpe Ramon in southern Israel. There, I lived in a vineyard for three years, planting, grafting, picking grapes and getting to know the land and nature. My experiences in agriculture proved to be just as formative as my art studies – the soil seemed to complement something that was missing from the artistic process, bringing together spirit and matter.
The meeting of man and desert is so powerful that you cannot hide behind any mask. Everything around you and everything within is open and exposed. I find that I connect better to myself in the desert landscape and that it is the backdrop to my ongoing artistic journey. This journey has more recently taken me in the direction of portrait photography while still continuing my artistic collaborations and my ongoing education in documentary film, which I am currently studying for a master’s degree, in the School of Cinema and Television at Tel Aviv University.
I invite you to join me on a unique photographic experience, on set or in a secret place deep in the desert, where the beauty that is everywhere always clicks.