I(m)prints

  Photographs, especially physical prints, tend to create an illusion of holding on to certain places, people and events, but in today’s world obsessed with the image, images are easily discarded. I was drawn to working with cyanotypes because of the immediacy of the process and the texture of paper, which, unlike glossy surface, easily absorbs water and can be treated in a number of ways. By subjecting them to natural elements, I wanted to play with materiality of the medium and vulnerability of photographic memories.
Photographing men has been challenging for me in a number of ways; at times when the sitters were hyper-aware of the way they present themselves, I often felt like it’s impossible to break through this invisible glass wall. There are not a lot of portraits of male subjects done by female artists; taking into account concerns surrounding the way the image of masculinity is maintained, it’s rare that someone really allows to be “seen”.

 © 2020 by Tatiana Gulenkina / info@tatianagulenkina.com / @tatiana_gulenkina

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