We can't always be sensitive artists nourishing the soul by creating beauty. Sometimes, we have to leave the clouds to engage in commercial imagery.

Okay, that happens most of the time.

Here is one of my simple vector illustrations on the subject of autumn. Though, instead of captioning it with "Fall sale! Amazing deals!", I'm displaying it with a Pushkin quotation.

You know, for the soul.


Hearts Turned to Stone

About a month ago, I've mentioned being a sucker for found objects that resemble "cartoon" hearts, and are great for editorial photography. Thus, when I found a whole slew of heart-shaped rocks of different colors and sizes on the shores of a cold glacial river in the mountains, I couldn't stay away.

Here are two of them: a heart within a heart and a heart so petrified it turned white. 


I'm not a food connoisseur (or a "foodie," in layman's language). Thus, I was a little surprised to discover--in the past year--that I really enjoy photographing all kinds of edible things.

Something as basic as food is one of those things that I both love and hate about social networking. On the one hand--and I dislike revealing my (limited!) domesticity--your friends far away post images and recipes on Facebook, giving you excellent ideas for which you're too busy to look yourself. On the other hand, these very friends happen to be in a time zone far-far away, say, Russia or Japan, and their lunch is your "foodless" late night on the previous day. That is, it was "foodless," until they made you salivate with their Instagrammed lunches! 

Ever so sadistically. 

So what I'm trying to say in a womanly, long-winded way is that if you happen to be in another time zone while looking at this blog, I apologize. The images below were shot under guerrilla conditions rather than a pristine kitchen in which I could arrange every little berry (yum!). 


Really sorry!  ;)

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And Lobsters Did Whistle

Recently, I've completed a massive photo-illustration project, which made me realize how much I enjoy conceptual subject matter. (And you thought it was all about the monkeys!) Some of the visual puns--or surprising literal solutions--would be incomprehensible to English-speakers, since the project targeted a Russian audience. Do you really want to know why we, Russians, think that lobsters whistle on mountains? (That was rhetorical! )

A small selection of editorial imagery that does surpass the language barrier is as follows: 

The Pareto Principle: 

Memory Conformity upon Exhaling:

Addictions w/o which We Cannot Live:

Double Standards: 

Politically Correct Transparency of Others' Wallets:

Mighty Powerlessness of Mobile Connections: