In the world of arts, there is always new inspiration to be found. Street artists all over the world have brought new life to their boring cities, painters portray surreal fantasies, architects play with materials and geometry in order to complete the urban landscape, and photographers always manage to find a new source of inspiration, or immortalize familiar objects and landscapes in a new way. A few weeks ago, we showed you the Most Powerful Photos of 2013. Today we have another collection in mind. Elena Vizerskaya, also known as Kassandra, is one of the most talented young photographers that we have seen in a while.
She is from Russia, and not only does she dabble in photography, but she is also extremely skilled with Photoshop, and photo manipulations. With these skills she managed to create beautiful compositions, painting a world of fantasy, an enthralling universe filled with symbolic meaning, and emotions. Kassandra graduated from the College of Decorative Arts and Design approximately 14 years ago, and she now lives in Kiev, Ukraine.
She is a Photographer, and Model
Not only is she an extremely talented photographer and photo-manipulator, but she is also a beautiful woman. She actually models for many of her photographs, and her gorgeous wavy blonde hair, and turquoise blue sparkly eyes make her such an expressive figure in those stunning images that we wouldn’t have wanted any other model in her stead. In other words, although she is mainly cultivating her talent and passion behind the camera, she also enjoys working on the front end of it too. Most of the images she takes herself, and even if she asks someone to help her, it is usually a close friend from her group. Also, all the other models that appear in her work, are beautiful friends of hers.
What we enjoyed most about her photo sessions is the fact that they are, interestingly enough, spontaneous. Kassandra takes dozens, if not hundreds of photos, carefully analyses them and decides on the spot, in which way she will edit them, and which photos she will edit. The ideas related to photo processing come to her on the spot, and almost every image that she has worked on turned out incredible in the end. The reason, for which her images are so powerful and beautiful, is probably because she has a lot of fun with them. Creation is like a game for her, and because she lets her mind run wild, the results are incredible.
As you have probably already seen from her photographs, Kassandra doesn’t simply take stills of life. She enjoys expressing herself, and finds it more comfortable to come up with an idea herself, especially because she knows exactly what goes through her head. Therefore, she has never considered hiring anyone else for the job, because nobody would ever understand what she is trying to convey through her work. And she is ultimately right: even if you have friends and family supporting you in life, they will probably never be able to understand the full extent of your feelings, nor will they ever see the world through her eyes. Elena Vizerskaya says that if there would ever be a movie made about her life, she would occupy all the posts: director, producer, actors etc.
She says that her inspiration comes especially from traveling around the world. Croatia and India are her main source of inspiration due to their combination of bright colors with which she dared to paint parallel universes. She often says that she wants what she sees, and sees what does not exist. All in all, it is her free-spirited and wild nature that manages to express such powerful emotions through art, and her photographs never cease to amaze us.