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Cupid's Tale

Photographer Vladislav SpivakMarina

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I don't think you can find anything more aesthetic and attractive than a woman's body.

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This set was shot by Vladislav Spivak, a fine art photographer in Moscow who specialises in high-stylised, fashion and nude portraits. His images provide the viewer with an intimate voyeuristic glimpse into the private spheres of the women he photographs, and this set with the beautiful Marina is no exception.

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Vladislav, what is it about erotic photography that inspires you?

The human body is insanely beautiful. I don’t think you can find anything more aesthetic and attractive than a woman’s body. At the same time, erotica can be used as a powerful tool to attract the attention of the viewer. However, the main thing to remember is that there should be something else in the picture besides spectulation.

Tell us about your shoot with Marina for Penthouse. 

I met Marina in the usual way I meet models – online.  I was looking for new models for future shoots and Marina wrote to me and said that she wanted to experience this type of genre. This shoot was actually our second collaboration. We shot this set in the studio. I wanted to shoot something very gentle and light, and the space we used had huge windows and white walls, so it worked perfectly.

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What do you look for in a model?

I find it easier to work with professional models, but I try not to push myself beyond this framework and work with models of all levels. The main thing for me, is that the model should fit the idea of what I’m shooting. Practice shows that all women have skills in posing for photography. This shoot, for example, was the first time Marina had shot nude and she did an excellent job. When it comes to looks, I don’t have any clear criteria – it depends on the specifics of the project. My two main qualities for a model are responsibility and punctuality. You can’t be two hours late for a shoot at dawn!

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What’s your go-to gear for shooting?

Nikon DF and three fixed lenses: 20mm, 50mm and 105mm.

What's something about you that we might not expect?

I am terribly bad at distinguishing colours. This is probably why most of my photos are black and white. 

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