I had back injury that ended my Olympic athlete career in Dressage. Doctors gave me zero chance for active life. Took some time to rehabilitate but I made it.
Horses were my first ever passion in life. At 3 I first met and hugged a horse. And started riding professionally by 9.
After deep depression and letting go of Olympic ambition I discovered new path in design and later contemporary art. Photography helped me transition.
This project was nominated for "Silver Camera Award 2008" here in Moscow :)
Showing it for the first time since... And ever online.

Field trip to Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia. With my Mentor and later Professor of Conceptual Photography Vladimir Kupriyanov artnet. At 16 he scouted me and offered to apply to Rodchenko School of Photography and New Media. Those images are made as "Portfolio for Application" never shown anywhere outside of School's commission. Only two years after graduation, in 2011 we lost him to brain cancer. Few years of friendship, support and mentorship that I will cherish forever.

Vladimir Kupriyanov "In Memory of Pushkin" Series, 1984
Sixteen gelatin silver prints 12 × 15 3/4 in 30.5 × 40 cm Edition 3/5
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