A photographer has released a captivating collection of images combining elements of both landscape and fashion, as she photographs models wearing extravagant dresses atop the deepest lake in the world, located in southern Siberia, Russia, which remains frozen for most of the year.
Kristina Makeeva is the genius behind the enticing photo series. She has been visiting Lake Baikal to shoot the pictures, which fall into a genre she calls “magical realism.” Contrasting the cold blue of the ice, Makeeva uses poses, props, and color to really make her images pop. She says her inspiration stems from growing up in the dull suburbs of Moscow, which she often wanted to escape, hence how she fell into creating magical landscapes. Many of her photos are single frames, although some are composites, and she says the focus is always on expressing emotion.
Now, SmugMug Films has shared a seven-minute video, entitled “Imagination Unbound,” which explores the work shared by Makeeva. It gives an insight into her mind, workflow, and creative decisions. The company said of the photographer:
Kristina Makeeva dreams with her eyes open. Giving life to her whimsical imagination as a child, she reimagines the sprawling wilds of Siberia as dreamscapes where anything feels possible. Contrasting natural light and settings with surreal subjects and pops of technicolor, Kristina captures what happens when you blur the line between the tangible and intangible, the ethereal and the real, when you stop seeing and start dreaming.
All images by Kristina Makeeva and used with permission.