Vague Sensations is a photo book about emotions that can’t be put into words and keep circulating in our subconscious, transforming and evolving, but never finding a way out. Eventually they become the core part of a person's identity.
I am very excited to introduce to you my first photo-book, Vague Sensations. It has everything in it, from Vogue featured images to the best Dark Beauty stories, to some of the pictures I started with 12 years ago. It also has some verbal stories about the photos and about my work in general. So if you want to know why and how some of your favorite shots were done, then this book is for you.
The collection itself is based around emotions, more precisely - complex emotions. Nowadays American society likes to oversimplify emotions replacing them with a limited set of emojis. In reality what we feel is complex, self contradictory, sometimes vague. Person can feel sadness that’s pleasurable, happiness on the edge of despair or jealousy mixed with admiration. This is the kind of emotional cocktail that makes us feel alive.
Finally, let my book grace your coffee table or at least bookshelf - it will be a great little piece of art filled with colors, stories and visual delights you will enjoy while sipping your morning coffee:)
The Vague Sensations Photobook is a result of 13 years of visual research on complicated emotions. It contains 53 best pictures and several short essays put into stylish linen-covered book signed for you by me.
Who is it for? Vague Sensations is for people who believe that emotions are the main thing that makes us feel alive. It’s also for the people who want to have better emotional intelligence and empathy. The book doesn’t shy away from dark and complex topics, and it’s for people who believe that shedding light on your darkness is the only way to true self-love.
How and Why? As a person living with a mood disorder, I always wanted to understand in detail my emotional world to live in peace with it. When I work with a model, I try to establish a strong bond and dive into a common emotional experience to bring real feeling to the picture. To support this feeling, I master a broad range of aesthetics, which I create through light, color, wardrobe, handmade props, location, and post-production of the series.
Background. I am a self-taught photographer who has been published in Vogue Italia, Forbes Romania, Marie Clair, Elle Swiss Magazine, to name a few. Her work has been showcased in New York, Boston, Lausanne (Switzerland), Athens, and Kyiv, I am a member of the Raw Artists and See.Me art communities, a lecturer in Kyiv School of Photography as well as the host of a popular photo community online. I am represented by Gallery House in Palo Alto.
"I read it, it was awesome I like the photos, the light, the colors, and the epitaph of your thoughts that feel un that moment, I have to say, I never read a book like this one, is a Unique form to explain what You feel." George Jaime Cosme
"I really like your photography. In the Chapter about Nostalgia ... the works make me feel melancholy and calm ... a sense of anticipation ... calm before the storm." Anna Ryabich
"I enjoyed being a “viewer”, I enjoyed being a “reader”. Your writing gives insights, yet still allows for my imagination to create my own stories, feelings, and emotions from your images." Franziska Drummond
"I read the book and stared at the pictures several times - you really are a talented artist. The pictures are unique and beautiful. Your story is inspiring <3" Ozri
"109. Like a Greek statue. They were tied up because they were afraid that they would run away when no one was watching. She tied herself up in motion among all the trajectories that fastened the floor around.
351. If the previous photo is associated with my breath, it is exhalation. The last piece of faith I believe that you passed through yourself assimilating the moment and now you exhale, leaving in it a part of yourself. " Anatolii Koval