Today we would like to introduce you to Nina Sologubenko and talk about how she explores architectural aesthetics to find small, unexpected moments.
“I was born in Kiev, Ukraine. Twenty years ago, following the break-up of the Soviet Union, my family moved to England. Architecture//Form, a title of my newest exhibition, is an expression of this dual upbringing. Through my understanding of physical space, I explore how our architectural aesthetics allow us to find small, unexpected moments of shared humanity in our everyday surroundings.
“Growing up under Soviet rule, I was largely surrounded by functional architectural styles and was heavily influenced by the constructivist emphasis on clean lines and geometric patterns. Imbued with the aesthetic but rejecting pure functionalism, Architecture//Form seeks to boil architecture down to its fundamental lines. However, it does so in order to bring out, rather than diminish, our emotive response, relying on our fundamental biological reaction to basic proportion, shape and line.
“Architecture//Form consists of a series of black and white images shot on medium format film. The square shape of the photographs creates an initial series of strong lines and axes of symmetry on which the picture is based. Desaturation then strips the built form to its bare essentials, revealing proportion, a/symmetry, geometry, dynamism and strength of line and shape.
“Most immediate on my to-do list is broadening this project to an international level – I have a very long list of architecture abroad that I would love to photograph! I’ve been using theprintspace to prepare work for a current exhibition in Belsize Park. I shot all of the images in this project on a Kiev-88 in London in 2011 and early this year.”
If you would like to learn more about Nina’s photography, you should visit her website.