Female Film Photographers You Should Know: Eugenia Martsynovich
Eugenia Martsynovich is a magnificent film photographer born in Dimitrovgrad, Russia and currently based in Moscow. Figures such as the film director David Lynch and photographer Miles Aldridge influenced Eugenia’s work, characterised by a cinematic look that addresses concepts such as sexuality and beauty using mainly female protagonists.
♦ How would you introduce yourself to someone who just met you?
I never tell much about myself so I’d just probably say “My name is Eugenia and I am a photographer”.
♦ What is the memory that you most fondly remember from your childhood?
A summer morning at my grandma’s home. I can recall myself waking up with such a happy feeling without even knowing why. The wind was slightly blowing and light curtains were flying over my body. I could smell cacao that my grandma Marina was making for me and hear children playing in the playground. That’s it. Probably that day I firstly recognised happiness as a state of mind in an adult way.
♦ Who were the most influential people during your teens and how did they influence you?
I’m not sure someone ever influenced me but I remember David Lynch being one of the figures I loved most. His ideas, the way he does his art with its plausible visual language charmed me. Probably, he set a very high art bar and that’s the way he influenced me.
And yeah, I definitely want him to be my granddad.
♦ How did you get in the world of analogue photography?
Well, I always loved photography but when I was younger, people photographed me so I thought one should choose their side strictly. A schoolfriend of mine had a Soviet camera called Zenit and she could perfectly use it. I tried a couple of times and my photos were shit (technically) so I decided I wasn’t gifted enough. 7 years later, a friend bought me an analogue camera for my birthday and I started to used it more consciously. When I got my first scans, I realised that nothing in the world ever made my heart so full. That’s the feeling you’ll never understand unless you felt it once. Since then I know who I am and what makes me feel myself.
♦How would you describe the photography you do? What is your work focused on?
I’d describe my art as very cinematic because I love plots. Mostly my works are about cinematic women characters. I’m the biggest fan of female beauty, cigarettes, sexuality and dirty red color in art so these symbols are a big part of my works.
♦ Are you working on any photographic project at the moment?
Yes! There’s an upcoming project with multiple VHS cameras, TVs, and recursion. I love making photos of photos and now I’m trying to work with recursive videos and film stills.
♦ Is there any photographic project that you would like to do but have not done yet?
There is! Japanese culture is my big passion and I want to focus my vision on it more and more. A project about Russian cosplay is the first thing I’ll do.
♦ Which camera and which film do you use the most in your photography and why?
Well, you know I’m not the type of person who believes that a better camera and lens will make your works better. So I use anything that suits me and my idea at the moment. Nikon F65 and either Fujicolor C200 or Fuji Superia X-TRA are my best friends for now. This duo gives me pictures with dirty colours and grain and I 100% love it.
♦ Who are your biggest influences?
♦ What’s the best advice you would give yourself when you started in the world of film photography?
One day you’ll be able to photograph plots you have in your head. It just takes time and effort.
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