Polina Cherne Erokhina is a young photographer from Moscow. After spending 4 years of her childhood in England, Polina admits that this period could not but affect the personality of the Russian photographer, tastes, values and habits. And her amazing photo series Pairs is a clear proof of this – for Polina there are no rules in photography, only a sense of pleasure from combining the incompatible.
“Who am I? I now feel like an anxious, introverted workaholic. I am a researcher and photo artist. “
For Erokhina, photography is not just a profession, but a real passion:
“I went to photography long and slowly, starting with portraits of friends, documentation of family travels and unconscious reporting. For about 10 years I thoughtlessly pressed the button, I couldn’t even shoot in manual mode, I didn’t understand anything about settings or lenses. I went to study in Britain to become an illustrator, thinking that I liked drawing or maybe even animation. Photography became a backup tool when I was no longer able to draw. It turned out to be clearer to me than an illustration. At first I just saved myself with it, and then she really pulled it off. “
The very process of photography gives Polina pleasure – this is a space in which there is no rush, no global idea, no attempt to succeed faster than anyone else. This is a profession and this is real creativity.
“I just like to communicate with people, look at faces, look for an angle, press a button, choose one frame out of a thousand and process photos. Just like”.
What else is interesting in the personality of the photographer Polina Cherne Erokhina? For example, the sources of her inspiration are not nature, not architecture, not cinema, not music, but people. Only people. And according to Polina, the quality of technology does not matter in her work, therefore she recommends that beginners shoot with a regular DSLR, and even better with a phone or a soap dish – simply because then the neophyte photographer will not be distracted by the technical quality of the picture, but will reflect on the idea , history, composition, mood. And only passing into the category of “commercial photographer” can you think about upgrading your photo arsenal.
Talking about her Pairs series, Polina answers without hesitation: “Most likely it started with one shot, which reminded me of something that I had already shot in another city, but now I don’t remember.” It’s amazing how several seemingly unrelated shots can create a unique pair. A couple already linked by “visual rhyme”.