Proiecție: The City as a Living System – o prezentare de Sergey Poliakov

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Născut la Leningrad, în 1990 și absolvent al Facultății de Jurnalism din St.Petersburg, Sergey Poliakov a prins microbul fotografiei de la profesori, dar și de la tatăl său, care improvizase acasă un mic studio de procesare a fotografiilor.

Fotografiază din 2009, genurile preferate fiind fotografia de stradă și cea de călătorie. De asemenea, Sergey scrie review-uri de călătorie pentru dar și pentru blogul său personal, dincolo de job-ul său de web-developer.

În București a venit cu două dintre camerele sale foto, un Canon 7D și un vechi Zenit, o „relicvă” de familie, cum îi spune el. A fost cumpărat de bunicul său, pe care nu a avut ocazia să-l cunoască și deținut inițial de tatăl său.

Legat de fotografiile sale, Sergey vede orașul ca pe un sistem viu și încearcă să redea frumosul existent în viața urbană de zi cu zi. De asemenea, speră ca prin imaginile sale privitorii să afle un pic mai mult sau să descopere lucruri noi despre orașul lor, detalii și frumusețea ascunsă a locurilor.

Despre București, Sergey ne va prezenta primele sale impresii, pe 29 septembrie, la F64, începând cu ora 18:30.

Vino să-l cunosți și să povestiți despre fotografia de stradă în viziunea lui.


About me:

My name is Sergey Poliakov. I was born in 1990 in Leningrad, when it was still Soviet Union. I’m only a little bit older than my country – Russia. That is where I came  from to Bucharest. I graduated from the journalism department of the St. Petersburg State University, the same faculty, where such photographers as Yuri Rost, Ivan Kurtov and Alexander Taran have studied. During my studies I learnt about photography from my teachers in university, but also from my father, who used to have a little photo-editing studio at home when I was young.

I’ve been making street and travel pictures since 2009. At the same time I started to write my personal photo-travel blog and write travel reports to aside of my professional activities. Last year I decided to focus more on web- and digital-projects and finished a retraining program to become a web-developer and  also completed a retouching and photo-editing course at Efim Shevchenko.

I came to Bucharest with two of my cameras – my regular digital Canon and my Zenit, which is some kind of a family relic. It was bought by my grandfather, who I never met, and then it was owned by my father. Now I’m the proud owner of that camera, which is keeping memories of almost half a century of my family’s history.

Presentation about my work:

The city as a living system.

The object of my photography – is the city as a living system.
The subject, that I’m trying to show is the beauty of everyday urban life.

I have always been a city person. With my pictures I’m trying to show and understand the beauty of everyday urban life. Looking through my photographies you won’t see a lot of wild nature, as the most interesting topic for me is the city and its inhabitants.

I started exploring the city longer before I took the first shot on a «soap-dish» (it’s how we call compact cameras in Russia). I was raised in the historical center of Saint-Petersburg, just in a few steps from the places, which you might know if you read «Crime and Punishment» by Dostoevsky. The house, I lived in was build in the year of Pushkin’s death and on the other side of the street there was a market with various kinds of products, which started its work during the time of Ekaterina The Great and is still alive.

Then one day we drove in a car full of furniture away from all that. Through the window I saw how historical periods of city constructions are being substituted by boring grey blocks. Our journey ended in the suburbs, a typical Soviet block. There I lived for the next years. That is when I started to notice the atmosphere of living in a place with different kinds of stories and that is how I started to understand that a city can be diverse.

I’ve got my first digital camera right before my first travel outside of Russia. Abroad, I started to picture everything, I was finding unusual at that time: shapes of buildings, street signs, corner shops, old cars, graffiti, posters, showcases, mirrors, old advertising, crosses on churches. Soon my camera started to be my main instrument to explore different cities. In the end I concluded that European cities are different yes, but what differentiates them the most are the people living in them.

I started to pay attention to those people, that were in the first place simply objects on my pictures. They were in their daily rush, stuck in their telephones, angry or peacefully waiting for something or just doing their regular job. I imagined that taking my pictures would offer my captured subjects a little break during their daily rush, to look around and find the hidden beauty, which is surrounding them on the pictures, but also every moment in their lives.

And that break is what I’m trying to transmit to the viewer of my pictures. You might want to take a break as well in order not to miss your surroundings.

I’m trying myself not to loose that feeling, that I experience each time I feel the camera in my hands. Every moment is unique in the location and the time they are taking place. I hope the viewer would be able to see the city a little bit more through my eyes. Eyes, that capture the beauty of unique details.

Explore the living system of Bucharest

My current project is my first impression of Bucharest. It is named «Living system Bucharest».

During the last weeks I was having long walks with my camera through Bucharest, where beauty is hidden everywhere – in the details of buildings, old advertisements, the secret gardens, where people are enjoying their summertime. My first photo-impressions of the town are people busy with their lives, places, architecture and the unique atmosphere, that you can only feel here.

I am trying to explore and to capture the secret life of Bucharest. Sometimes it reminds me of the atmosphere I felt during my childhood in Saint-Petersburg. It was the time, when people were figuring out how to live and how to build a new country after the crash of the Soviet Union. I can see here how Bucharestians (especially young ones) are trying to make their own city more beautiful, opening places, keeping them up and creating this lovely atmosphere.

During my childhood, my city was given back its name. They changed it from Leningrad to Saint-Petersburg, a name that was used when it used to be the old capital of the Russian Empire. In Bucharest I can see how people are giving back the city its name as even the Communists blocks are becoming more beautiful, because people treat them like their homes.

I hope that soon my project will become something more and that there are going to be two projects – one about Bucharest and the other one about Romania as a country. As cities don’t only differ from the inside, but also from each other.

See you on September 29th, 6:30 PM, at F64!

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