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“I choose to risk my significance…to live so that which came to me as seed, goes to the next as blossom…”(Dawna Markova).
Our newest publication, ‘Seed To Blossom’, is an exclusive original from Slovakian photographer Natalia Horinkova. Living and working today in sunny Sydney, Natalia has been pursuing unique photography since she first picked up a camera in Dubai, years ago. In discussing her career, Natalia asserts “I love all pretty things, in any form; and I live to tell a wordless story with my editorials. I prefer natural light, but love playing and experimenting around the studio, while still developing my craft and style”. This series stars classic beauty, Vladimira O’Farrow (who is also a small screen natural, in the most recent Kid Cudi video) poses in striking, basic black pieces and vintage curls for a soft feminine appeal. With subtle makeup by artist Lubica Krajnakova and grooming by stylist Dominicc Mikulcak (@ Alterna), Vladimira is both enchanting and distinctive. The composition of these shots is sharp, clean and unusually ‘pretty’ for our often edgy collection…making it the perfect accentuation. Enjoy!
I (photographer Nick Sushkevich) was born in Omsk, a major defense industry center during the Soviet Era. I studied computer science and Commercial Law. During those years I was interested in computer graphics an 3D. In the late 90′s I was hired to a professional advertising and design studio in my hometown. It was great learning stuff and connecting with folks from around the globe. I even tried myself as a school teacher for CGI classes! Then in 2006 I moved to Moscow where I was doing photography in my free time. In 2010, with the help of my friend Lev Efimov, I met Ulyana Sergeenko who was pursuing her photographer career and assembling her team; I start as a retoucher there…and here I am now.
Where is home?
Anywhere I rent an apartment.
Did you go to school to study photography?
No, never. Unfortunately there wasn’t, and still isn’t, any school to study photography in Russia.
How long have you been a photographer?
Professionally – about 7 years.
How would you describe your style?
I can’t describe my work as having a certain style…it’s just the way I like to shoot. I choose the easiest ways of lighting the scene; so perhaps you could define it as a lazy style photography!
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
Mostly I use digital cameras. Sometimes I take pictures with film and instant cameras.
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
If I had to chose one lens, I’d prefer 35mm because it’s a pretty useful wide angle lens and I can crop the frame later to highlight the main object.
I’ve learned the most from…
What are you still learning?
Your favorite film (movie) of all time?
I guess, “Traffic” or “Silence of the lambs”.
And the last question: If you had one wish, what would it be?!
My own studio in Paris and NY (with access to the roof )
‘Style Is Eternal’, comprises our latest studio series in our Spring Fling Collection. While many artists have mastered the fine details of shooting on location….it can be much more involved to create a dynamic editorial when shooting only one face (and against a bare wall at that). Opinions at the Libertine have been overwhelmingly adulatory since the moment we laid eyes on the gorgeous composition of these images. The unforgettable Natalia Bieganska simply stupefies with her smoldering command of the lens; and visual mastermind, Paolo Santambrogio, relentlessly pursues her ardor without a single misstep. Sophisticated basics we’re selected to complement the clean composure of the story, by cutting edge fashion oracle Alessandro Buzzi; with clean grooming enhancements, resulting from the collaboration of the extremely precise Marco Minunno (hair) and Seiko Nishigori (beauty). We couldn’t be more thrilled to reveal this latest augmentation to our blooming publication! Enjoy!
As the Libertine unveils the latest collection in our Spring Fling series; we have the pleasure of introducing brilliant new contributor, Benjamin Askinas to our readership. Benjamin may be a new talent to The Libertine, but he is no novice in the fashion game! Having mastered everything from still life, to beauty, to editorial…Benjamin set his sights on The Libertine to publish this gorgeous, personal exploration of the relationship between art and the power of feminine charisma. The anatomical series studies idyllic beauty, Nikki Haroldson , in a succession of straight forward and double exposure portraits that capitalize on her tremendous versatility. Joining seasoned stylist Jordan Douglas and beauty pro Alexa Hernandez, our team attains a transcendent quality with the editorial, which reaches beyond the scope of fashion to illuminate the more elusive qualities of the human spirit. This story is one to save and revisit. Enjoy!
Saged Italian photographer, Marco Michieletto returns to The Libertine for our Spring Fling series, with a gorgeous new story entitled ‘Gone’. The editorial marries timeless photography with elegantly artistic nudity, to portray the sacredness of a young woman’s private moments lost in thought. Entrancing beauty, Elena Fortina, embodies the beguiled muse with effortless grace. The spectator is invited to share in this peaceful musing, arrested in time, between two artists and the ether. Enjoy!
Enchanting french sprite, Mathilde Frachon, joins forces with Libertine All-star, Akila Berjaoui, to create a sleepy and sultry story of disarming feminine vulnerability. Mathilde (who has appeared in countless international publications such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Interview Magazine and more) has a way of transporting audiences with the depth of her gaze and the sweet, childlike freshness to her beauty. Complimented effortlessly by Akila’s candid style, Mathilde’s sparkling vivacity emanates through each frame. Stylist Elle Packham selected flirty, modern pieces to compliment the relaxed hair and beauty looks created by Rae Boriboun. The series is the second addition to our Spring Fling compilation…and kicks off our new season at The Libertine with fervent excitement for the inevitable industry developments to come this spring. Enjoy!
Photographer Stefano Fabbri works with an incredibly precise team of seasoned pros to create a dynamic studio series of fierce, modern flexion. Model Caroline Kristiansen morphs from soft curves to sharp angles with subtle shifts of energy and closely conforming wardrobe ensembles. ‘In The Cut’ features grooming adaptations by editorial artist Serena Congiu. The combination of sharp contrasts, low maintenance beauty and alluring active wear, produce a pure fluidity of motion throughout the images. Stefano, assisted by Pietro Frizzi, intimated with beautiful proclivity for sensual portraits, the mercurial nature of the female muse in her relation to inspiring the artist. The Libertine has the pleasure of exclusively sharing this shoot with you, as part of our fall flight series…enjoy!
The Libertine brings you an amazing new story with sky-rocketing young face, Vita Sidorkina! This editorial, ‘Tripping The Light Fantastic’, is the brain child of revolutionary fashion photographer Kailas; who is a new talent on our radar, and one that we are absolutely thrilled to endorse. Focusing on light and color manipulation, the images frame Vita as a mercurial siren, exploring the tactile world of the senses and her capacity for pleasure. Becoming the muse was a breeze for Vita with the help of beauty artist Jourdan Dudgeon. The reader is invited on a journey with this dynamic team, through the imagination and into the experiential surreal. Enjoy!
This exquisite editorial, ‘Forgotten Ancestors’, was composed exclusively for The Libertine, as a collaboration between visionary photographer Dusan Jaukovic and couture designer Jelena Malesevic (for her personal line: Morfium Couture). The shots are purely transcendental, and model Li Xiao Xing becomes every bit the beautiful embodiment of the designs. Bold and alluring designs complement Li’s finely sculpted features and the natural beauty of one of the longest enduring sanctuaries inhabited by the Lenape people before colonization. There is a subtle mysticism to the surroundings, that is echoed in both Jelena’s creations and Li’s powerful aura. Though this story is both light and fresh, reminiscent of the longer days of summer, it felt like a perfect balancing element for our fall flight series. Not to mention, that the images are breath-taking. Enjoy!
The Libertine has the tremendous pleasure of collaborating again with master photographer, Adolfo Valente on a new sensual masterpiece entitled ‘Comely, Tender’. The glowing and ethereal editorial depicts delicate Italian beauty, Daiana Di Finizio in the sweet bloom of life. Hazy, shadowed rooms and golden morning rays cast intrigue and subtle dreaminess to the portraiture. Her gaze echos throughout the series and lingers with you after. Reminiscent of the iconic beauty of Ali MacGraw, Daiana is purely enchanting. This is another memorable series, and a perfect compliment to our already heavy-hitting Fall Flight series!
It’s very exciting for us that these beautiful images will also be featured QG Italia.com; as they will be doing a spotlight on the artist, along with an interview, and showcasing some more of his intoxicating work. Enjoy!