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Underwater Fantasy FIK 2 printed on aluminum #1 Photograph

Lana Sokoloff

United States

Photography, Digital on Aluminium

Size: 24 W x 36 H x 0.1 D in

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”Underwater Fantasy” is my gallery of photographs about dreams and imagination. Each photograph has an element of mystery and surprise, because it is not possible to predict exactly how the photograph will come out, with the model and fabric constantly in motion. The gift of underwater photography is its ability to capture the beauty of the model’s movement and the elegance of the flowing fabric. I've always had a passion for fairytales; the mermaid’s transformation into human form is what “Underwater Fantasy” is all about. Could you imagine cruising on a Boat, looking out the window, and seeing a beautifully dressed-up girl diving, swimming, and enjoying being underwater? My photo shoots would not be possible without all the hard work done by the models: holding their breath without blowing bubbles and looking natural!, adjusting their dreses, not losing their shoes, keeping their eyes open, while still looking beautiful.

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Photography:Digital on Aluminium

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 36 H x 0.1 D in

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Born St. Petersburg, Russia Lives and Works in Los Angeles, CA. I began drawing when I was 3 years old. At 5 years old I was drawing so much that my fingers became calloused from holding a pencil. The callouses were so bad that my parents would make me take breaks from drawing. But, my heart still yearned to make art. When I was 7 I made my first book with the help of my mother about a little dolphin. I drew the pictures and my mother helped me with the writing. At age 6 I remember spending many days at the art studio where my Mom worked as a batik textile artist. I spent so much time drawing and watching at the studio that my mom’s c-workers made me my very own small wooden frame with stretched silk so that I could create batik paintings just like my mom’s. Her studio produced a small collection of fancy scarfs, collars, cravats and different styles of men’s ties. Those pieces, along with my art, were sent to a special dye house for dye treatments and wax removal. It was thrilling to receive my art back and to see my finished product! I was 8 years old when my Dad shared his passion for photography with me. Occasionally, he would borrow a friend’s camera so we could have photo sessions where he taught me to operate a camera. My family didn’t have a lot of money, and times were hard for us. My Dad secretly worked overtime to save enough money to buy us a camera. Today everyone has a camera on their cell phone, but then it was a very big deal - a camera was not a typical possession for Russian families like mine. It was a big surprise for our family! My dad and I spent many hours in our kitchen organizing our dark room with a red light, the chemicals and enlarger for developing and processing our photos. It was amazing and magical how the images slowly made the appearance on the white photo paper. I always dreamed of becoming an artist, but life seems to have different rules. I lost my parents when I was very young and was forced to survive on my own. I became an Operations Manager and worked for 20 years at a Russian department store. I lived half my life in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which is the most beautiful city in the world. There were many reasons why we left Russia; Political, economical, and to create a better future for our kids. The weather in Saint Petersburg with the grey sky, cold and rainy days, and everyone is constantly dressed in grey and black. When I moved to sunny California I was blown away.

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