Land of Mist.EERIE
Nikita Erphene is a photographer born in Russia but lived largely in Paris. After his studies at Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris, he started to work at the Louvre. There he fostered an interest in neoclassics and ancient statues. Nikita now works as a fashion make-up artist with a passion for photography. The series shown above, depicts the Château de Chambord in a “Land of Mist”, captured in black and white to truly embody the atmosphere.
‘In the autumn mist, it appears to us fleeting and timeless, nestled along a river in the heart of a forest, like a jewel in a specifically crafted box, impressive in its size and decoration. Engulfed in this soft haze, it melts in its unspoilt scenery, and at the first glimmer of dawn, it reappears, little by little, magical and majestic.’
- Nikita Erphene
Artem Nadyozhin (1984) was born in Sverdlovsk, Ukraine but raised in Pervomaysk. This small industrial city in Southern Ukraine used to be a large missile center in Ukraine but after the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances in 1994 its fame has faded and the manufacturers have closed. He remembers his childhood among broken down factories and abandoned quarries in which he used to swim. ‘The weather normally was calm and foggy so the landscape always seemed to be blurred. Maybe that’s where my photography style comes from. I do not like to use bright colors or saturation and contrast effects. I tend to monochromatic pictures, muted and subdued colours as if the picture has already faded.’ he states.
His most recent photo series stems from his love of exploring old and abandoned locations.
AM: What’s your name?
TN: My name is Takuya Nakamura. People call me "Taku" so I often use it as my modelling name.
AM: Where were you born? What is it like there? Try to describe a little bit what it feels like to be in your hometown.
TN: I am from Japan. Born in Shizuoka city which is between Tokyo and Osaka. Close to "the Mt. Fuji", the highest mountain in Japan. It's almost 4000 meters high. Near by the sea and a famous lake. I guess growing up in this environment made me love the wilderness.
AM: What is the earliest memory you have from your childhood?
TN: My earliest memory from childhood is when I was four years old. I was on the beach with my parents and our neighbor’s family. We were enjoying our day but suddenly a big wave hit me and I almost drowned. I can still remember being under the water, seeing the shining blue sky. Normally when these kind of things happen at a young age, th...
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