|40 days of high and low tides
||[Jul. 22nd, 2016|12:52 pm]
Art of Foto
St. Petersburg ''Art of Foto'' Gallery 21 July to 21 August 2016
presents a personal exhibition of the St. Petersburg photographer
The exhibition includes twenty black and white prints (in limited
editions of 3 copies, in sizes of 30×30 cm) from negatives taken by
medium format 6×6 cm camera ''Yashica 124g'' and printed manually on
gelatin silver paper in own darkroom of ''Art of Photo'' Gallery.
The story has been published partially at:
Halation Magazine, Revista OLD, Bleek magazine, Square Space Magazine,
Litro, Of the land us, Dodho Magazine, The Lucky Jotter, Private and
The 40 days spent in Herne Bay helped Ekaterina Vasilyeva to
comprehend and articulate her visual perception of the provincial
England. More precisely the Kent county which was her home for two
The project ''40 days of the tides' also exists as hand made book.
Special edition of only 40 copies.
About the project:
When you are out taking pictures, it is not that you have figured
something out and want to tell the world about it; you yourself are
trying to understand it, to reflect on it, and it is the pictures that
will lead you to that understanding.
I took this series of photos just before I left Kent County (England),
where I had been living for two years, to return home to St.
Petersburg. For a number of reasons, I ended my stay with a sojourn
in Herne Bay, a small town on the coast of the North Sea, and it was
exactly forty days long.
Before that, I had gone to the seaside every weekend, traveling by bus
from Canterbury, and had taken long walks between the coastal towns.
In the 19th century, this part of the coast was considered one of the
best seaside locations for Londoners to spend their holidays, and they
fled here to escape the noise, the dust and the smells of the city.
Being so close to the sea allowed me to observe the rise and fall of
the tides every day.
Walking along the shore, I could see how in as little as an hour the
water could change its level, and how several hours later everything
looked completely different. Wide expanses of damp sand with shells
on it opened out before me, and certain low spots with stone in the
middle of them were still full of water. Somewhere in the distance,
the waves were pounding, they were pushing and pulling, but with each
surge they reached a new line. Little by little, they once again
approached the original shoreline, hiding everything underneath them.
The tidal cycles are defined by two high points and two low points
every day. Just as with the sea, we have our own internal high and
low tides. But our feelings are governed by their own laws, and our
emotional tides ebb and flow, gradually subsiding. This is not a
smooth process; it is, if anything, uneven.
These days helped me to understand and to articulate my visual
perception of provincial England. To take a last look at the country.
Or rather at the County of Kent, which had been my home for two years.
About Ekaterina Vasilyeva:
Ekaterina Vasilyeva is a Russian photographer from St. Petersburg,
working at the intersection of the genre, documentary and art
After years of working in the tourism industry, she became active as a
photographer in 2010.
Ekaterina Vasilyeva in most of project explores the theme of a
particular place (space, territory, it
changes in the context of time and historical landmarks, environment
problems, interaction with human
activity, personal relationship and the myths of the place.
2016 Finalist FESTIVAL PHOTONIC MOMENTS (Slovenia)
2016 Finalist FESTIVAL URBAN LAYERS (Malaga, Thessaloniki and Lecce)
2016 Finalist Slideluck Naples and Trieste
2016 50 most interesting contemporary photographers of Russia and
Ukraine, Dostoevsky Photography
Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2014 Finalist "Street Photography from Eastern Europe" Eastreet 2
2014 You know what I’m seeing An international photography group show,
Curated by Gwen Lafage
(Carte Blanche Gallery) 18 28.04.2014, San Francisco
2013 Finalist "International Festival of Photography PHOTOVISA"
2013 Finalist of the "Young Photography 2013" competition, exhibition
in FotoDepartament Gallery,
2012 Laureate "Young photographers of Russia 2012"
2011 Award of K. Bulla Fund (St.Petersburg) 1nd place, (nomination
People and Faces)
Currently Ekaterina Vasilyeva cooperates with the German agency
''Plainpicture'' and is working on a few personal projects.
All presented works are available for sale. The prints of the
exhibition are priced $70- $100 each depending on the picture.