This photo project started in 2014 and kept running through 2016, combining different stories, inspired with Russian folklore and dark side of fairy tales. Most of kokoshniks, masks and outfits made by the artist as well as photographs. None of works had been digitally manipulated.


Analogue from September 2015

“Rusalka” (means Mermaid) in beliefs of Slavic pagans was “Spurious deceased” (impure deceased, ghouls), – drowned, who died an unnatural death the soul of a man, usually a young woman. Someone’s soul which is held by the evil powers. There are a lot of names for Mermaid in Slavic languages, but they all represent same character, in Russian “Rusalka” ( Some researchers believe that the terms probably comes from the word “Ruslo” (track/waterhouse),“Rysyi” (rye hair color) or the names of rivers Ruz, Ros, Rasa), In the Ukrainian language name Mavka, preserved in Belarus – Aqueous, Kupalka as a synonym for “Ruslo” (track/waterhouse).Drawings on the model’s body is telling the story of ghosts, quoting Pushkin in some wording about the place which is hidden in the forest, there are miracles and Mermaid (Rusalka) is waiting for new guests/ghosts…

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