Mar 20, 2019
Mariia is a Russian photographer who portrays stories about myths, memory, life and death. In her series "Flow", Mariia explores time and memory through fleeting and ever changing moments that made an impression on her. With her images Mariia reminds us that life is a passing moment in constant move, a destiny that we have to face and accept.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
ME - Hello. Thank you very much for the opportunity to introduce myself.
My name is Mariia Ermolenko. I'm from St. Petersburg, Russia and live there.
I studied painting restoration, but it turned out to be not what I would like to do and I left it. Now I study at the Academy of Photography "Fotografika" and shoot personal projects.
am - How did you start in photography?
ME - My first film camera was given to me when I was 13 years old. But then it was just pampering. Later, when I realized that restoration was not for me, I began to reflect a lot and took care of myself. I studied film, painting and other arts. Meanwhile, I realized that I take a lot of pictures and I like it. When I accepted the idea that I wanted to seriously engage in photography, I went to study at the academy.
am - What is “Flow” about?
ME - “Flow” is an essay about time and memory. I think a lot about its movement and its value in every life. I shot this series in different places that I've visited.
Life is fragile, and our passage through it is fleeting, as a journey. My works are about the impression, the moment, about life and death.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
ME - It is very difficult to name just one or two. The photographers are: Sarah Moon, Jungjn Lee, and Japanese photographers. The painters that have influenced me and always had a great value for me are: Andrew White, Cy Twombly and Mark Rothko.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
ME - In general the creativity of Andrei Tarkovsky.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
ME - "Opening" by Jungjin Lee.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
ME - Thank you very much!
All images © Mariia Ermolenko