I’m Lina, a Russian-born analog printer and photographer, based between Monaco and Florence. Had anyone told me back in 2010 that my first roll of film would lead to a whole life revolving around photography, I would have never believed it!
After my bachelor degree in Public Relations from Russian State University for the Humanities, I decided to get a second BA in Media Communications at Webster University, Geneva, because of my job as a radio presenter. I wanted to produce shows, but ended up falling in love with analog photography the very first semester… and never took a single radio class!
However, I had enormous doubts that anyone would care about film photography in the digital age. I kept shooting film for myself, shooting digital for money and doubting for several years whether my passion was worth the risk. And then one day something clicked. I realized I love film so much I can’t treat it as a mere hobby. And I would heavily regret not committing fully when I had the chance.
That’s how I ended up in Florence, Italy, getting an MFA in Photography degree, printing every day, weekends included, six to twelve hours in a row. Zero social life, zero entertainment, only red lights and chemicals, paper and film testing, trying all possible techniques over and over. With a friend’s help I equipped a small independent darkroom before my graduation, and now I’m restructuring a bigger space for my own lab. Can’t wait to start working there. It honestly is something beyond a dream!
Oh, and it turned out a lot of people care about analog photography! I’m in everyday shock about the amount of interest and support I’m getting. Looking back, all my worries made absolutely no sense!
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|Photographers||Ansel Adams, Martin Parr, William Klein|
|Artists||Alphonse Mucha, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt, Andy Warhol, Pavel Filonov, Vassily Kandinsky, Umberto Bocchioni|
|Aesthetics||Eighties fashion, pop-art, constructivism|
|Architecture||Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Brutalism|
|Authors||Douglas Coupland, Tibor Fischer, David Foster Wallace, Marshall McLuhan|
|Music||Aerosmith, Metallica, Guns’n’Roses (and Slash on his own), Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Morse, Joe Satriani, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tchaikovsky, Anna Netrebko|
|Hobbies||Oil painting, serigraphy… and digital photography|
|Places||Caucasus region, Istanbul, and anywhere with mountains|