"I don't know why I chose this genre. I've always had a love for work by old artists who paint in the genre so maybe it stems from that. I also like it because it's interesting and challenging - it's not a simple task to shoot good nudes."
Elena Vasilieva was born in the Ukrain in 1975 in the city of Kharkov and after her studies at the Kharkovski College of Design she found a passion in photography which after a few years became her full-time trade.
Her work is now part of several exhibitions including the International Gallery of Erotic Photography in Germany which led to her work been published in an addition of Vogue. She's also planning a new exhibition in Austria and also America.
Elena sees herself as an artist and likes to create pieces which are both original and interesting. She likes to think outside the box and hopes one day to create something very different to that of which we have witnessed for the last 150 years.
"My ideas and inspiration come almost spontaneously. If I meet an interesting character or see an interesting place I start to invent possible plots for a shoot in my head. I never know what I will be shooting next but when a big, great idea is born I do my best to make them a reality."
Her first step into nude photography was a self portrait, something which wasn't easy but Elena felt it would allow her to understand the feelings her models would have once in front of the camera. She doesn't and never has felt uncomfortable in the line of work and she doesn't want her models to either. The models are all beautifully posed and are exposed with confidence something Elena stages on purpose: "I have no intention of conveying anything sexual and I don't try to be the women I just come up with the concept. I would like to involve men in my work too but for the they don't fit the scenarios I am currently creating."
Most of Elena's work is produced in black and white partly because the genre she works in tends to favour it but she also believes it creates a classier look perfect for her photography. Her collections are now created on a Hasselblad H1D, a piece of equipment which gives her more technical freedom but not greater skill: "It's the person who creates a good picture not the equipment they use. When I first started out I had a primitive, simple camera, nothing like the Hasselblad but my work quality was still good."
When it comes to locations Elena doesn't have any specific places and likes the fact that no two of her shoots share the same location. She's always on the look out for interesting plots which also have a relaxed atmosphere so the model can perform freely. As well as working on location Elena also has a studio but she doesn't have a generic lighting set-up like some photographers do. Everything she creates is original and sometimes even spontaneous which leads to good, unique shots.
"I like to demonstrate that I can shoot well and create good, confident pictures. As I have said my dream is to create something no one has ever seen before and I am currently working towards making this dream a reality."
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