Oxana Prikhodko, “My Holland Project”

The utopia of photography for me is the ideal image of a person: who he is not, but who he always wanted to be. The project “My Holland” #mynetherlands_project clearly reflects the utopian idea.

I am inspired by historical painting. In this case, the work of Dutch masters. My heroes – ordinary modern people, not models, try on the images of noble gentlemen, for a few minutes becoming them. This is the instant I need to capture. The unity of the past and the present.

This moment is an exciting moment of truth, for which the whole shooting takes place. In my portraits people are not happy, their faces are thoughtful, thoughts are deep. It was as if the weight of the history of the past centuries had fallen on their shoulders. Even in children’s portraits. I can forgive cowardice, but I do not tolerate hypocrisy. Another criterion of my portraits is that they are honest and Frank. They are the essence, the idea of my characters. Such as they really are. Perhaps they see THEMSELVES in these portraits for the first time.

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Enri Mato

Enri Mato is an architect and photographer born in 1986 in an artist family. His father was a sculptor and his mother was a restorative, who worked in the Louvre Museum. He grew up in Tirana, Albania where he discovered his interest in photography and art at an early age. In 2005 Enri moved to Paris to study Photography and Architecture. He later pursued masters dergree in Urban Design between Geneva and Tirana. He graduated with a research project called Remembrance. Through his thriving business Enri had the opportunity to travel the world to share his vision and experiences with an international audience.

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