The idea of nostalgia implies loss, memory, things or events seen from the blurry distance of time, old-fashioned ways. Young Russian photographer Denis Yakovlev is exploring the notions of nostalgia and identity in his native homeland by combining modern methods with much older ways to produce multi-layered platinum palladium contact prints on richly textured paper. The effects are both complex and simple. The ideas reverberate with melancholy, confusion and the discomfort of pulling away from old ways and breaking into the new. He seems like a young photographer to watch.
— Jim Casper
Editor's note: We met Denis Yakovlev, and discovered his work, at the excellent Photovisa Festival in Krasnodar, Russia in 2013.
Unique constructions of mural-size 35mm "contact prints" require each frame of every roll of 35 mm color film to precisely record a tiny segment of the larger whole — and then the artist gets a bit playful.
relies on luck and chance as he travels around the world making intentional double exposures. He shoots in one city, rewinds the film, travels to another city (sometimes halfway around the world), and shoots again. The odds for success are not great, but some of these photographs are uncanny, completely unlikely, and real gems.
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