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You Are My Twin

The Art Project by Kristina Varaksina

Life of twins. Different or the same?

“You Are My Twin” is a personal art project. This project is a little psychological study of twins’ relationship shown with the help of metaphors.

I’ve always been curious about how it feels to have a twin. One day I just started thinking about visual metaphors and how to use props,  what kind of sets to make  to tell a story in each picture. I like studying human psychology in my work.

I also like using strong visual elements in my images. And I pay a lot of attention to lighting my subject to set a certain mood.

From sketches to final images the whole project took about a month. Making props took most of the time, over three weeks. I was lucky to work with a talented prop designer Espen Gjertzen Øydvin on this project.

We shot all four images in one day in Photigy Studio, using the available camera and lighting gear (Hasselblad, Broncolor). Then i took me about 4 days to do post production.

You Are My Twin. The making of

About Author

Kristina Varaksina

The art of photography is my strongest passion. I believe its impact on people can not be overestimated.

I live in San Francisco, CA. And I often come to work in New York and in Moscow, Russia. I truly love these three cities and hopefully they love me back.

I work as a commercial photographer, shooting for beauty and fashion clients. My fine art work is represented by European and American galleries.

In October 2015 My images won 1st Place in Beauty category and 2nd place in Children category in the prestigious Int’l Photography Awards by Lucie foundation.

I was chosen among 11 photographers from all over the world for PDN Emerging photographer magazine 2015.

In December 2014 my picture got a first place in APA Something Personal show in San Francisco.

In June 2014 my work was picked among best of the best in creative world to be featured in Communication Arts magazine’s 55th annual photography competition.

I was named among 100 best young creatives in the US according to CMYK magazine, Fall 2012. My work was among 100 winners from all over the world in Exposure 2013 Photography Competition.

In Fall 2013 I won the 1st Place in APA (American Photographic Artists association) National contest.

My images were published in most respected professional magazines of USA: Communication Arts, PDN (Faces contest, 1st Place in Personal Student Category), PDN Emerging, Digital Photo magazine (Best Photo in 6th Annual contest), CMYK magazine, Creative Quarterly, Photographer’s Forum, to name a few.

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Portfolio: kristinavaraksina.com

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