Capturing The Mood: Seminar with Polina Plotnikova and Lensbaby
Sunday 21st October, 5pm - 7pm
They say that a photographer is either a picture taker or a picture maker. Polina is a picture maker. While fully appreciating the "what you see is what you get" approach,she is much more interested in chasing an ever-elusive image that appears in my mind's eye, an image that conveys feelings and emotions, rather than remains a mere statement of fact. Her favourite photography subjects are: flowers, still life, and also capturing my impressions when traveling.
The main theme of this presentation is a photographer’s ability to create an image, rather than merely using the camera to capture what is there in front of the lens. Using various images that she took over the years as examples, she hopes to showcase the key tools that she uses in this work, including creative in-camera techniques, special effect lenses and - the most important thing of all - imagination.
I became interested in photography in my early teens; my grandfather was a photography enthusiast, and I ended up helping him develop films in his darkroom and watching him skilfully use a nylon stocking stretched across the lens of the enlarger to achieve an effect that these days we use Photoshop for.
Having completed my studies at the Moscow State University, I got a job offer from a Moscow House of Photography, eventually becoming their Head of Exhibitions Department; this led to a unique opportunity of being able to study, and often quite literally handle, the treasured prints of the great masters. This was the first of several photography-related jobs; I was fortunate to have worked with the highest-class photography in various the museums, galleries and image libraries and absorbing a lot, before eventually developing my own creative style.
My keen interest in fine art and art history is another factor that greatly influenced my photography work; it also led me to completing a course of Modern Art studies with Christies Education in London and eventually coming to live in the UK.