Kristina Makeeva - Simple Magical Things
Lens Magazine|June 2021
Often the term magic is applied to my photos. And there is. I create my own magical world!

As a person who grew up in the usual gray and ugly city near Moscow, I always tried to get into a fairy tale. In those fairy tales that I read in my childhood. My work features hobbits, Moomin trolls, Alice in Wonderland, The Silmarillion, fairy tales by Russian authors like Max Fry and others in the fantasy genre, etc.

With age, the perception of fairy tales and the tales themselves changed. With travels to my fairy tales, the national flavor of those countries I visit or read about has been added.

For example, in a project with flowing fabrics, I most recently spotted an Asian flavor. There are girls with fabrics flying in the wind in many Chinese or Japanese fairy tales. The simplest example is probably the Japanese anime of our childhood - Sailor Moon. Tales of Miyazaki.

Everything has an impact on us, and this is logical. What do I want to show? I want to show the magic in the ordinary. We have a permeated project, probably, by all the photos called Simple Magic Things. With this project, we want to show that everyone is surrounded by the amount of magic they can see.

In the dank gray reality, there are little things that make our world magical; this magical reality is not somewhere over the mountain in the gardens of Sakura (which are overflowing in the spring, by the way). On the contrary, it is here, in our apple orchards, or in a cup of herbal tea in the rays of the setting sun. Any piece of fabric can turn into a magic train, and nothing impossible in principle.

Photography has tremendous power. It moves me and touches my soul. Sometimes I receive letters in private messages that my photo has helped to cope with sadness. Sometimes they mention depression and that it becomes even better for a moment - and I am glad. In fact, we initially began to work to carry the light of beauty into the world, however pathetic it may sound. And I see through the responses that light sometimes helps. In fact, this is what I want to bring with my photos, light, and wonder.

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